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Beer Guzzling Canuck
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Hello to ye all.
I'm new on this forum. I came here to meet some people with experience and learn more about my new tractor. I have recently moved from the city to a country house and after using a push mower all summer last year I've decided a tractor was what I needed to take care of mowing and snow blowing. Found what I figured was a great deal, A working Bolens 1886 equiped with mower, snowblower, 3 point and a thing with 2 disks to plow or something like that. 2 sets of tire chains,a close cab for winter, rear wheel weights and a couple spare parts. Heres a pic of the machine on pick-up day and more will come in the next few days as I start working on it. Bolens a l\'achat.JPG bolens alachat.JPG
My plan is to fix it up a bit but not to make a museum piece with it. Just want to work with it around the house. As this is all new to me I have tons of questions:

1. Can someone tell me how to figure out what version of 1886 it is. it has a Eaton 12 trans but the PTO lever looks very different from the other 1886 ive seen on the net so far.
2. Is there parts for this in Canada? or will I have to order everything from the US?
3.I need to know how the PTO binder pulley engagement assembly works cos mine is always on!
 

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hatedge! Welcome to GTTalk! It sounds like you hit the mother lode with that purchhase!! I'm afraid that I can't help with the questions, but there are plenty of folks on here who can and will as soon as they see it! I just wanted to say hi. We're glad that you're here and it's definitely the right place for answers about Bolens tractors!
 

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Welcome hatedge!!! You picked a great site to join!! We have allot of Bolens people on here that can help you out! Alkso Congrats On your Bolens that really looks like a great machine!! And you are ahead of the game already!! Because you found one with all those attachments and a Cab!! Great Find
 

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Looks good! Attachments are great to have and even if you can't use them, you can sell them. Welcome to the site! I cant help with your questions but I'm sure somebody will be here soon who can.
 

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From the looks of the dash it appears to be a 1886-01. The PTO belts alwasy on could be because they installed the wrong belts or it needs to be adjusted which can be done turning the linkage out or in just behide the dash that is hooked to the lever. It will be hard to get to though. Also are the PTO belts on correct? As for parts not sure what canada side has we have alot of new and used parts for the bolens if you need them.

And welcome to the site and enjoy the new toy.
 

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Welcome to GTT Hatedge, It looks like you have got a good start with your tractor and toys. Member Bhts is one of the sponsors on this site and can help you get some of the parts you need to get going if need be! Again welcome and nice tractor!!!
 

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OK...it has the round PTO lever so that makes it a -01 or a -02. That lever pushes down to engage. The -03 and above had a flat lever that you pulled UP to engage.

Hard to tell from the pic, but if it has the push/pull throttle and choke it's a -01. If it has the up/down levers for the choke and throttle, it's a -02.
 
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Its a 01 or a 02 look at the dash has it been cut?
 
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Welcome to the forum! Sounds like you have some very nice attachments with you tractor. And folks are offering some help. You'll find that here. Good luck!
 
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OK...it has the round PTO lever so that makes it a -01 or a -02. That lever pushes down to engage. The -03 and above had a flat lever that you pulled UP to engage.

Hard to tell from the pic, but if it has the push/pull throttle and choke it's a -01. If it has the up/down levers for the choke and throttle, it's a -02.
It has the push/pull choke so it would be a -01? Nice, Thanks a lot that makes me happy. Now it will help me find that dashboard sticker
 

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OK, 8 celsius this morning and im out by 6 o'clock. I couldnt help myself and took the mower apart to weld a chipped puley and realise the oil seal on the gear box is leaking.
Still, I gave it a new coat of paint (green) and found out the belt on it was wayyy too short (127 in.) the binder pulley rubbed on the gearbox pulley! So I got a 130 in as per the parts manual. Too bad, its Sunday and all the shops are closed, no oil seal today. I took some pics for you folks.
Snowblower:
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Cab, something has to be done with all those wires!
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Missing brake disk
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This be my always on pto problem. when i pull the pto lever down it barely moves. I would love to get some help on this
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Guess its the -01 like olbuzzard said
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Thanks for the pics! Awesome blower and cab! I'm sure some of the Bolens guys will be along to help shortly.
 
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... Awesome blower and cab! ...
Not only that, but it's the TWO STAGE blower that everyone seems to want. That whole package is a heck of a score.

wilburj really get's the credit for identifying it...I just used the info from a post that he made on another forum.

wilburj, you really need to re-post that here as well, and have it put in the 'Pinned' section.
 
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good morning , welcome to g talk you you came to the right place you're in good hands these fellas are so friendly and love to help lok foward o the fellowship, but since every thing is closed lets go to church our Lord be very pleased . in Christ John 3:16
p.s. congrads on your bolens
 

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Thanks Ol'buzzard, I'm very happy to learn that my hunch was a good one. Especially sice its the first time i ever looked at a tractor., being a city guy and all.

Got the body back from paint and I just couldnt wait to show off! lol
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Now i have to confess that today ive broken a steering link on the front RH wheel

I was trying to get the front end off to figure out the PTO problem and CRACK!!! Dunno where ill get another to replace it. I'll look to have it welded tomorow ( I dont have anything to weld casting).
 

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I was wondering: what the heck is this and what does it do?
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Im also looking to find adrawing or pictures of how the front end parts that move the binder pulley that engages the pto works and how it is assembled. Because mine dont work and I think its been modified so i need to figure out what is wrong and fix it or replace it.

Thanks for all the nice comments mates, this is a nice forum, im happy i found you guys.
 

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That's a HILLER. Used to prepare a seed bed for things like potatoes, etc.

That one mounts on a 3-pt hitch.
 
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Welcome aboard, that looks like quite a catch you made there! And you don't seem shy to get in there, I don't have the answers but you get a big congratulations and I'm sure more help is on the way. Thanks for the pics
 
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