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I hooked up a Bolens tiller to my 1050 today. The tiller has sat outside for many years with no use. When I engaged the PTO the tiller made a loud shrilling noise so I shut it off immediately. I am assuming that it needs lubrication. As I searched around the web it seems that I can use 80w90 gear oil. Is there a better choice? How do I know how much to add? Bolens 1050 with tiller.jpg Also, I don't know the model # as the sticker is torn off. Maybe this photo will help:
 

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Nice Set up. Check our Manuals Section for the original Bolens Manual. I would remove the driveshaft, block it above the ground, and play with turning it by hand. Check for something stuck in the tines. You could have bad bearings or a damaged gear. Turning by hand can help you find the problem. Good Luck, Rick
 

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It is usually a real good idea to check a piece of equipment over BEFORE you put power to it. Make sure it turns freely, chain is not froze in one area, gear case is full of oil, etc. especially if it has been in the outdoor shed. But seeing as how you by passed that your are probably on the right track with the gear case. There is a plug in the side. Fill it up to that level and you should be good for that part. Your 80/90 gear oil will work fine. Make sure your U joints are free and not to loose or they could fly apart. Make sure the drive shaft is not rubbing on something under the tractor. Look it all over good for anything that could cause a problem like wire wrapped around the tiller tines or the drive shaft. Good luck with your tiller.
 

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there should be a plug to fill it. take out the plug and see if anything comes out. if not, then its low on oil. the oil you suggested should be fine. you should block it up and try turning the tines over a few times.
 

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Not much more I can say than whats been posted other than I hope you got some big arms on you,those are a beast to lift up and down,if you get it figured out and your happy I would start looking for the optional hydraulic lift kit,your going to be happy with the way they till,you got the good heavy duty model,I used to run mine in first gear low range,seemed to be a good match,good luck
 

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Bolens tillers usually have two plugs. One is high up towards the front of the gearcase. That is the filler plug. The other one is down on the side of the gearcase near the tine shaft. That is the oil level plug. You are supposed to take out both plugs (after cleaning off around them to keep dirt out of the gearcase), then fill at the top until the gear lube comes out the level plug. Reinstall both plugs.

80W90 is just fine.
 

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Not much more I can say than whats been posted other than I hope you got some big arms on you,those are a beast to lift up and down,if you get it figured out and your happy I would start looking for the optional hydraulic lift kit,your going to be happy with the way they till,you got the good heavy duty model,I used to run mine in first gear low range,seemed to be a good match,good luck
You ain't kidding about having BIG arms!! It took me a few hours to wrangle that sucker on there! How would I find an optional hydraulic lift kit for the 1050? Is it something that is made today or would I have to look for something older?
 

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You can check with the site sponsors,or watch the classifieds here,also ebay,craigslist,there a little hard to find but out there,they usually do $175.00-$250.00 depending on the shape of them,well worth the money
 

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That noise you describe sounds like dry universals. Check the universals on the drive shaft and pto and grease everything.
 

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I am picking up a tiller for my 1053 tomorrow. Haven't seen it yet but my brother said it was darn heavy. I have some 44lb, old IH suitcase type weights made to hang on the side of the old M Farmall tractors. Going to see if I can get one or two of them hung on the front when the tiller is on. Might have to make some saddle bags and put the weights in them?
 
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