I wanted to do an update on the work that is being done on my Bolens XL 1669L tractor.
I took a trip down to visit Bruce at General Machine in Palmer, Massachusetts, Bruce is building a whole new drive shaft for the 1669L the original one had to much wear and was not a good candidate for rebuilding.
The original drive shafts that came on the Bolens were square with tubular sleeve and 600 series universal joints, some had grease fittings and some did not. Although this drive shaft is adequate to handle anything the tractor would be called on to do, they would typically last about ten years depending on use and would need to be rebuilt.
The new drive shaft that Bruce is building has a similar telescoping design but has a grease fitting in the tube with a anti wear guard material between the two pieces of the drive shaft. This new shaft has 1000 series universal with grease fittings. According to Bruce the anti wear material will not wear out and with the grease inside and the anti wear material in the tube it allows the shaft to move freely when torque is applied to the drive line. The square design with metal to metal tend to lock and bind and will tend not to adjust a little when various torque is applied to the drive line.
Note: Bruce is still has more work to do on the drive shaft to complete it.
Here are some pictures of the drive shaft and Bruce's machine shop. If any of you new England guys need any drive shaft work PM me and I will give you Bruce's phone number.
Edited by logmillingman, January 29, 2018 - 08:55 PM.