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Re: 1962 Bolens

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08-16-2013 21:42:04

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If you give your email address, I can send you a PDF of the 1964 Bolens brochure. It gives the specs for the 800 and the 900, which shows BOTH of them having an 8.25 horse Wisconsin engine.

The 1964 800 is the subject of a lot of confusion. Part of it because Bolens made a mistake in a list that they made available which called the model 188 a 900, and they never corrected it.

The 800 and 900 were almost identical. The engine, trans, etc. were all identical. The only thing different was the 900 had a fiberglass seat pan/fender and larger wheels/tires.

In the last three years I've been learning a LOT about the Bolens tube frames and large frames, and currently own 13 of them. All are tube frames or large frames except for my 1964 Estate Keeper articulated.

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08-17-2013 05:05:44

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 Re: 1962 Bolens in reply to OldBuzzard, 08-16-2013 21:42:04  
You say the 800 and 900s had the same engines. No they did not - at least not all. I have two 800s here and worked on many at our Bolens dealership. All that I ever saw had S7D engines. All the 900s that I witnessed had S8D engines. I still have several S7D engines I removed from 800s years back since they were so underpowered. We put a lot of Tecumseh or Briggs 12-14 horse engines in as replacements.

Obviously I have not seen every one ever produced and there may be exceptions -but certainly not all 800s shared engines with all 900s.

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08-18-2013 06:48:26

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 Re: 1962 Bolens in reply to jdemaris, 08-17-2013 05:05:44  
The early 800's (1963 gold & white) used the Wisc S7D engines.

The later 800's (1964-1965 brown & white) used the Wisc S8D engines.

HOWEVER, there was a Bolens Letter issued to dealers explaining that some 800's were shipped from the factory with an S7D in place of the S8D.

I don't remember the reason why - possibly a shortage of S8D's. ...These tractors were identified with a "-7" suffix added after the tractor model number.

Also, Bolens production did not always match what was shown in the brochures. ...Even production info published by Bolens has numerous errors.

I, too, worked in a Bolens dealership while these tractors were being sold new. ...I do not recall ever seeing a 1964 or 1965 Bolens 800 with the S7D installed at the factory. ....That is not to say that a different dealership (or distributor)could not have received a batch of the 800's equipped with the S7D.

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