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So, as is known about me, I love to sell things to get more things lol. I have been offered a bolens G12XL and was wondering if anything about them is weird and prone to malfunction. I have searched Hi and Low for info and have come up with nary a thing...

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The newer Bolens are not that common but look like a decent tractor. Don't know much about them myself. That seat looks like it might make it prone to wheelies with the operators weight back behind the wheels.
 

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I had one of those exact rigs!! Turns like crap ( poor turning radius)but very well built. Tech. Engine was total garbage . but everything else was cool. Had tons of attachments too.
 

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12hp OH120 Tecumseh shaft driven to a right angle gear box and then a belt to the transaxle.4 speed Peerless transaxle with granny gear.

They're not a bad tractor but they are not built as heavy as an old tube frame.Look up a manual for a G11xl they're the same machine other than the engine.The G11xl has a briggs and the G12xl has a Tecumseh.
 

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I'm not 100% sure as I haven't seen many of these around, but that seat doesn't look original and I'd assume it has been replaced since it doesn't look right on there. Other than that, it looks like a pretty decent tractor. I'd say it is still better than the new "Bolens" LT's that are made by MTD, but yeah, probably not as good as the real Bolens GT's... Good luck with it though if you do decide to get it!
 

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I'm not 100% sure as I haven't seen many of these around, but that seat doesn't look original and I'd assume it has been replaced since it doesn't look right on there. Other than that, it looks like a pretty decent tractor. I'd say it is still better than the new "Bolens" LT's that are made by MTD, but yeah, probably not as good as the real Bolens GT's... Good luck with it though if you do decide to get it!
The seat is not original.....
 

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Well, the thing about the peerless transaxle thing doesnt sit well with me... if you look right behind the dash it looks like the shift pattern is off...
 

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Well, the thing about the peerless transaxle thing doesnt sit well with me... if you look right behind the dash it looks like the shift pattern is off...
Ya I noticed that the shifter looks a bit different from other G11xl-G14xl tractors.I have an idea of what is going on there.Do you have any pics of the gear selector area?

Here are a couple pics of a G12xl.And I blew up the shifter erea on yours.I think it has a shifter lockout plate on it I'm not 100% sure but it does follow the shift pattern for 4th and 2nd.

The only thing I don't like about the older Peerless 4 speed transaxles is,if the detent ball spring for 2nd gear goes flat then it will not stay in 2nd gear and if you mow in tight spaces you are going to have to mow in granny gear.

My MTD Fourteen Hundred and John Deere 112 both have the same transaxle.The 1400 won't stay in mowing gear but the green machine does.

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He said he is going to get me pictures of the tunnel cover tomorrow. Then the mystery will be solved.
 
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