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#1 Bolens 1000 OFFLINE  

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Posted October 15, 2011 - 12:10 PM

Just received my return spring for my hydraulic lift from Sams Bolens this afternoon.

Who would have thought such a small spring could cost $50! :mecry:
Since these are NLA and sam only has about 3 left I'm wondering if I should try and get these reproduced......

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Posted October 15, 2011 - 12:18 PM

well it probably isnt that hard. for a spring maker. or what ever you call people who manufacture springs lol.

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Posted October 15, 2011 - 01:21 PM

Brian, just find a spring of the same diameter coil & similar diameter wire & make your own. Using a propane torch, you can shape the spring easily. One single long spring would make quite a few of those. I re-shape springs a lot on our farm equipment & my GT's.
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Posted October 15, 2011 - 02:22 PM

Thanks!

I never gave it a thought

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Posted October 15, 2011 - 02:23 PM

yeah, ive reshaped plow spring with a propane torch and it worked. so yeah getting one long spring would work. then cut it and shape it.

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Posted October 18, 2011 - 09:51 PM

The only potential problem with heating a spring to reconfigure it comes from the possible loss of strength at the points that you heat up.
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Posted October 18, 2011 - 11:12 PM

Brian... is this the spring that centers the control lever? Somewhere, there's information about making these, cause I think the hydro unit on my W.H. uses the same spring (which is broken). I'll try to get my brain to remember where the info is.

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Posted October 18, 2011 - 11:41 PM

Found the info quicker than I thought... That spring is used in many different tractor makes. In case you could happen to locate one at an I.H. Dealership...

Cub Cadet part number is... CCIH 386371 RI

The fella that I learned this from told of getting a new spring at his local I.H. dealer in 2009 (last one on the shelf). He paid $8.43!!

Another fella told of making one from piano wire and then baking it in an oven at 500 degrees to relieve the stress. He says it works perfectly and cost around $1.00 to make.

Hope this can be of some help to someone.
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Posted October 19, 2011 - 05:12 AM

I have been checking my local dealers with both the Bolens part numbers and the wheel horse/ IH part #
After some intense online searching I found a place with one spring left in stock for only $3! :dancingbanana:

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Posted October 19, 2011 - 05:35 AM

Glad you were able to find one. That's a good price! :bounce:

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Posted October 19, 2011 - 05:40 AM

Glad you were able to find one. That's a good price! :bounce:


Yeah, I couldnt believe it was only $3, I wish he had more :(

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Posted October 19, 2011 - 08:26 PM

Glad you found some as i only have a few left myself.




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