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It was a lovely warm spring day here in the UK so I took the opportunity to go through my Bolens 800 whilst my wife is away for the weekend. I greased all the nipples on the tractor and on the mowing deck, check the levels etc and checked that everything's is free and move easily. The only downer is a flat battery which is being trickle charged as we speak. I also fitted and connect the anmeter gauge supplied by Rick; another job done. Also I will need to order some belts for the 800 so will be making that order to Bolens1000 shortly. I need a set of decals for the 800 so will probably go to Sam's Bolens as the chap who's doing it for me haven't got back to me.

Here are some photos of the 800.

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Great that you've got a jump on the season. One thing that I have found is that sometimes there is a little condensation in the gear boxes. I let it sit for a week and then loosen the drain plug until a little oil starts to seep out. Any water will come out first. I sometimes get water and sometimes milky looking oil which is contaminated with water. On a few occasions I have had to drain the entire gear box and replace a shifter boot. When it is just nice looking oil, I tighten the plug. I hope that your battery bounces back. Good Luck, Rick
 

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It was a lovely warm spring day here in the UK so I took the opportunity to go through my Bolens 800
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That looks nice, Andrew!

I don't know if you are aware or not, but the locking differential knob inside the left rear wheel should be turned out (counter-clockwise) for normal operation. ....It should only be screwed in when there is wheel slippage and requires the differential gears to be locked.

Once traction is regained, the differential should be unlocked. .....Travel in a straight line is not the problem, but making many turns with the differential locked puts a lot of stress on the gear train.
 

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That looks nice, Andrew!

I don't know if you are aware or not, but the locking differential knob inside the left rear wheel should be turned out (counter-clockwise) for normal operation. ....It should only be screwed in when there is wheel slippage and requires the differential gears to be locked.
Thanks Bruce for that bit of information. I will check that out on the 1254 I got.

Thanks for the positive comments; much appreciated.
 

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I got the 800 going this afternoon with the recharged battery though it took a long time to turn over due to, I think, the frayed and loose belts. Look forward to getting it to a show so I can give it a run properly.
 

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I got the 800 going this afternoon with the recharged battery though it took a long time to turn over due to, I think, the frayed and loose belts. Look forward to getting it to a show so I can give it a run properly.
With these 3 speeds with hi low lever, you can set them to a "neutral" position for easier starting where tension is off both belts.

I normally do this in the winter as its easier to turn over.
 
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