I have just realised that I have not posted anything since the major forum upgrade which must have been a very long time ago now, although a number of you keep in contact via my son Joseph's Youtube channel "Garden tractor boy". Apologies for not posting recently, I must do better.
Bolens tractors and attachments are very rare here in the UK and after looking for a sleeve hitch for a number of years I gave up finding one locally and I bought one from the US, a friend in West Virginia posted it over to us. This was many years ago.
We recently bought another sleeve hitch locally which has been heavily and badly modified and is missing the lift rod. When we compare the two we realised the the one we just bought was a Bolens one (model 18907-02) and we now think the first one we bought was Brinly HH-106.
This is a picture of the original sleeve hitch which I now think may be a Brinly
This is the decal on the new one
I can see two obvious differences. These appear to be the width of the flat bar that the lift rod attaches too (much wider on the Bolens one) and the Bolens one has a much larger hole for the lift rod
Our plan on the new sleeve hitch is to cut off all the horrible modifications, undertake a few repairs, make a new lift rod and ideally paint it in the correct colour, which raises a few questions:
Are our assumptions about our initial sleeve hitch correct, is it a Brinly?
Does anyone have a better picture (ideally with dimensions) of the Bolens decal so we can get a new one made or know anyone who sells the decal?
Does anyone know what the correct colour is for the Bolens sleeve hitch?
Does anyone have a lift lever for a Bolens 18907 sleeve hitch and would be willing to post some pictures and dimensions? I am assuming the length and shape is the same as our other lift rod and the difference will be both ends and the diameter
Iain and Joseph