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This past summer I went to get some parts for my 1967 Sears Suburban from a local garden tractor guy and noticed that he had a Bolens G12XL sitting in his yard. I asked him if he would be interested in getting rid of it and he said yes. Well we never discussed a price that day and finally a couple of weeks ago I emailed him and asked if he still had it and what he wanted for it. He emailed me back and said he still had it and would take $30 for it. It was complete with a mowing deck but in rough shape. I said I would take it and so this past Saturday I went and got it. It is very rough but I believe with a little time and work it will be working again. I started removing things from it today. I have the mule drive for the shaft drive attachments in the electrolysis bucket de-rusting right now. I removed the rear wheel weights and the mower along with its mule drive. It will need to be rewired, will need one rear rim along with 4 new tires and a lot of penetrating oil. It should be a fun project since we don't have any snow to play in right now and the other tractors are all set up to blow some snow. 0109121533a.jpg This makes 3 different Bolens XL series tractors for me and the first one with a geared transmission
 

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Accumulator
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Looks like it needs a little :D work.
 

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Great save. That should give you plenty to do while waiting for the snow to arrive. I think you need a large E-Tank to soak it in.
 

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Congrats on the New Bolens
Those Xl series are pretty durable tractors... I always thought they were cheaply made until I got my H14XL and after using it I really like those series tractors.
 

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KennyP said:
Great save. That should give you plenty to do while waiting for the snow to arrive. I think you need a large E-Tank to soak it in.
I really do need a large E-tank. I would like to find a large glue container as they are usually 4' by 4' by 4' with a metal cage around them for support and made of plastic so are easy to cut the top off. I will have to keep my eyes out for one this winter.
 

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Bolens 1000 said:
Congrats on the New Bolens
Those Xl series are pretty durable tractors... I always thought they were cheaply made until I got my H14XL and after using it I really like those series tractors.
I never heard of them until I was given my 1600H in April of 2009 and now I have 3 from that series. I have upgraded my 1600H to hydraulic lift and now I really enjoy using it with the attachments I have. I think they are very well built compared to today's tractors. At least they have some steel in the frame. I could see some improvements to some designs but nothing I am going to change right now.
 
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