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have some questions on this model of tractor older versions have found one with a 16hp onan and I believe it has the sunstrand tranny was wondering if this was a 2 spd ? considering possibly buying one
 

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Some prefer Eaton's, some Sundstrand and I think there are whole threads on this site comparing the two. I don't have a QT16 (I would like to have one) but I do have an HT20 with a Sundstrand. It pulls great. I lose traction before I lack pulling power - the thing will dig a hole. I have an HT23 (with the Eaton 11) which I hope to have repowered and running soon, but for now, I can't give you my comparative opinion on the hydros. I think for most jobs you're going to do just great with a Sundstrand. I have recently been daydreaming of the QT16 - twin onan with a sundstrand - that's large frame juice in a mid-sized frame. If you can pick up a decent one at a good price - I say go for it. The down side I've heard about this class of Bolens (the Q series) is that there aren't as many of them out there so parts and attachments might be a bit harder to find. Good luck!
 

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well this one i'm looking at has almost everything for it from a plow to snowblow to mowing wheel weights you name it he wants $575.00 just for the tractor which my thought was to hold on to it and make the perfect front end loader
 

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well this one i'm looking at has almost everything for it from a plow to snowblow to mowing wheel weights you name it he wants $575.00 just for the tractor which my thought was to hold on to it and make the perfect front end loader
The "perfect front end loader" ... everything is a trade off... a heavy Onan up front is good in a GT loader if you need to do any heavy digging/ice digging with the front bucket... tradeoff is you'll need a lot of weight on the back to counterbalance and manual steering gets hard quick in tight spots the more weight you have up front... QT has no power steering...

A lot of the Case/Ingersoll guys like having a tiller out back for the counterweight... if the QT seller has a big tiller that might be a good thing to have... if you have the manuever room...

For starters try to get at least the dozer blade, it can often be a "poor man's loader" substitute, and some kind of rear weight (if you can afford the tiller), or a 3pt + weight box if he has one!!!... even a sleeve hitch you can put a box on top in a pinch.

Bolens attachments are typically unique for the series, it would be better to try for a package deal all at once, get all the correct shafts, brackets, mounts, etc, it can be dang near impossible to find 40-year-old small parts for rare attachments they only made for a few years...

As for the rear end I have had both Sunstrand 15 and now Eaton 11, they are both good if they haven 't been beat on and fluid/filter kept changed... check it out good...

again the Eaton 12 may be better for the "perfect loader tractor" ... there is nothing perfect, all a tradeoff and what you can afford/repair/fabricate... good luck

if you get the tractor get the wheel weights... try for a package deal... you won't regret it...
 

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I have a beater one, Onan runs, not right. Seems to need gov work they say. Tin is rough, new battery and drive shaft. In Indiana if any interest. Some postings on here about I think if you wanted to see pictures.
 
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