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Vally Farm

10-16-2007 20:34:39

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Have a line on a Bolens 1050, but has a poor motor. Has the Wisconson in it. Does anybody have any experience with these...good or bad. Has a mower deck and a single stage snowblower. Any new motors swap in? What would you give for it? Other than the motor, everything else looks good. Thanks for any feedback. Mike

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M Moline Fan

10-17-2007 17:51:21

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 Re: Bolens 1050 feedback in reply to Vally Farm, 10-16-2007 20:34:39  
I've had a 1050 Bolens for a long time, and like yours, the Wisconsin engine went bad. I got a new John Deere with hydrostat (GT 275) which is great for mowing and shoved the old Bolens aside but I couldn't bring myself to junking it. I had a well used but okay running 8 horse Briggs with recoil rope start sitting around. Decided to bolt that in the Bolens. It fit easily. And to my surprise it performs about as well as the old motor- for one thing, no starter/generator to run. I use the Bolens for tough jobs. I have new lug tires and wheel weights on it. It does well plowing the garden and pushing snow. For pushing snow I put more weight on the back and tire chains of course. After I've "broke through" the length of our drive I bolt on about a 6' long plank onto the blade and scrape off the side of the drifts and push it out the end of our drive and across the road (not much traffic but I DO keep watch) and into a ditch on the other side. Works great! And I'm glad it's just a rope start cause it doesn't get used regularly to keep up a battery.

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10-17-2007 11:18:23

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 Re: Bolens 1050 feedback in reply to Vally Farm, 10-16-2007 20:34:39  
I worked as a mechanic for a Bolens deal when those things were new - or almost new. 600, 800, 850, and 1050 tractors stick most in my mind. I though the 1050s mostly had 10 horse cast-iron Tecumehs - but maybe you've got the Wisconsin TRA-10D model?

Those tractors were very rugged - but still fell apart quite a bit. Also, the worm-gear drive in the rear-axle can be a problem in many ways. First - I suspect you cannot buy a new bronze drive gear anymore? Also, they won't roll unless you pull the disconnect pin.

In regard to changing engines - yeah you can put just about any horizontal engine on it with a 1" shaft. OEM, Bolens used Kohler, Briggs & Stratton, Wisconsin, and Tecumseh - and we had the most trouble with the cast-iron flathead, electronic igntion Tecumseh engines.

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10-17-2007 18:14:08

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 Re: Bolens 1050 feedback in reply to jdemaris, 10-17-2007 11:18:23  
I've owned 2 Bolens, both of which were great tractors. I was so pleased with my first, a '68 1050 that when I finally retired it, I bought a '73 1256, both have Wisconsin engines. The engines themselves seemed pretty rugged, although my first was pretty tired. I wanted to swap it for a newer Briggs. Just make sure it has a PTO of the proper size and you should be OK. You also might have to add some spacers under the engine to bring PTO position to where it should be to use the stock belts.

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