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#1 reddragon OFFLINE  

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Posted September 20, 2011 - 06:43 PM

ive had the mtd ones [i hate admit it]....anyways....this thing came my way of trade...its a 1966..with a 10hp wisconsin and a 4sp hi/low....also came with a 22' tiller and mower deck.....i guess my one question was the tranny lock up.....its stuck....but ive been told that how they were designed......is it tru..if i pull the pin on the right and unscrew the hub thing on the left that ill be able to roll it around?

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Posted September 20, 2011 - 06:57 PM

Welcome to GTT!
congratulations on getting your Bolens!
We would love to see some pictures when you get a chance

You are correct,
Bolens will not free wheel when the free wheeling pin is engaged. The pin must be pulled out to freewheel.

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Posted September 20, 2011 - 06:59 PM

:welcome: to gttalk.

The pin on the right is the freewheeling pin.It needs to be in to drive the tractor.If you remove it the tractor can pe push or pulled then.The hub on the left is the traction control hub.If screwed in it will lock the hub to the axle and act like a posie reend and is good for tilling and snow plowing.Back it out and will release the hub somewhat and is good for mowing.

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Posted September 20, 2011 - 07:02 PM

Welcome to GTT!
congratulations on getting your Bolens!
We would love to see some pictures when you get a chance

You are correct,
Bolens will not free wheel when the free wheeling pin is engaged. The pin must be pulled out to freewheel.

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:bigrofl::bigrofl: your faster then me

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Posted September 20, 2011 - 07:03 PM

:bigrofl::bigrofl: Your faster then me


:D lol

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Posted September 20, 2011 - 07:57 PM

Hhhhmmmmm...'66, 10Hp. Sounds like a 1050. I haven't owned one, but I've heard that the 1050 is a really nice tractor. Not too big, but plenty of guts to do some real work.

As for having an MTD? Shucks, I have aa MTD Cub Cadet as well as my Bolens. The CC just does mowing. For any REAL work, I use the Bolens :D

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Posted September 21, 2011 - 09:11 AM

yeah....i tried to post pictures...but it wont let me drag them down....i sent a message to admin. ....but havent heard back........also it says Bolens 850 on the hood.....and 7798 on the tag.....

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Posted September 21, 2011 - 02:19 PM

Here's a how to on posting pictures: http://gardentractor...res-gttalk-209/

Let us know if you are still having trouble

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Posted September 21, 2011 - 08:24 PM

If it has a 10Hp engine, it's NOT an 850 unless it's been re-powered.

The 850 used 2 belts for hi/lo range, and you change from one to the other with a lever on the dash that you move turn and then move in or out. The 1050 used a lever on the 'floor' near the gearshift.

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Posted September 23, 2011 - 12:48 PM

pictures finally

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Posted September 23, 2011 - 02:53 PM

OK, see that tag on the left side if the frame, right under the PTO lever? The two numbers there will be the model# (on the left) and Ser# (on the right). The model number 191-01 would make it an 850, and a 192-01 would be a 1050. That will tell you which model you have.

Also, the model number of the engine will help as well. The 850 should have an S-8D, and the 1051 a TR10D.

Other than having the wrong paint on it, it looks really good. I see that it has the "helper spring" on the attachment lift. You will appreciate that if/when you use the tiller.

That tiller looks to be in excellent shape too. Even better, it has the lift link with it. A lot of those got misplaced over the years, and a lot of folks have had to make their own.

Edited by OldBuzzard, September 23, 2011 - 03:11 PM.


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Posted September 23, 2011 - 04:14 PM

Definietly is an 850

You can tell by the Hi/Low range lever and low backed seat.

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Posted September 23, 2011 - 04:39 PM

if you dont use the tiller, or its too hard to lift, i always accept donations =)

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Posted September 24, 2011 - 09:11 AM

yeah the motor is a s-8d......and all thats left on the frame tag is serial# 7798?......its really hard to read but the white on the hood says Bolens 850....iy took 2 days before i even realized :smilewink:.......also....it was made in jan '66.....so maybe a '65...dont know:rolleyes:............another thing....the headlights are just lenses with no wiring or bulbs....is that normal?........sheetmetal is perfect....just needs paint....the guy just painted the white bits black

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Posted September 24, 2011 - 09:59 AM

yeah the motor is a s-8d......and all thats left on the frame tag is serial# 7798?......its really hard to read but the white on the hood says Bolens 850....iy took 2 days before i even realized :smilewink:.......also....it was made in jan '66.....so maybe a '65...dont know:rolleyes:............another thing....the headlights are just lenses with no wiring or bulbs....is that normal?........sheetmetal is perfect....just needs paint....the guy just painted the white bits black


The 850 was made from '66-'69, so it couldn't be a '65. To narrow it down a bit further, according to the Sonnys Bolens site, there were different model numbers on the S-8Ds in the 850s.
66 - 231552
67 - 271995
68 - 271995
69 - 285662

Yours isn't the first Bolens to have the wrong paint on it. I don't know if it happens with the other brands as much, but if sure seems like folks LIKE to paint these old Bolens every color under the sun.

If you haven't played with/used any of these old Bolens, the amount of work that they can do will amaze you.




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