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I ended up buying that reel mower I posted about. It needed a little work but nothing serious and the price was right. It had a cracked wheel on one of the casters and a worn out inside "bearing" on one side. I got the wheel from Sonny's, ordered two since the other can't be far behind as far as cracking and was told the "bearing" was NLA. I called Ray's in PA. and they had some in stock NOS at $5.85 each. So I got two of those. I was glad to find them since they aren't actual bearings but more like a grooved retainer. Overall the mower is complete and in decent shape with some surface rust. Next I plan on breaking it down and sandblasting it and then priming and painting. Will probably use a self-etching primer and then paint it the original green and replace the decals. I really don't plan on using it, but felt it would be a nice addition to my collection. The reel mower was made for about 18yrs and the last Bolens catalog to list it was 1967, the same year as my 1050. This seems like it was one of the last as the color and decals are the same as my 42" rotary mower.
 

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The front. If you look close you can see some primer where I used a wire brush on a drill to clean a small spot on the blade to see how clean I could get it. The rust isn't as bad as it looks in the pictures and comes off real easy. Sand blasting should clean it real nice.
 

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Sixchows: When you get that reel mower going, I am afraid you will not want to cut with your Craftsman GT. That reel mower should give you golf course results.

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If I only had golf course grass! LOL I've never used a reel mower except for the old push type when I was a kid. Everyone seems to say the same about the cut though. Is it really that different?
 

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They do a great job. years ago a friend of mine got a Jacoson walk behind with 2cycle engine that was designed to cut golf course greens. It was the only one I have ever seen like it. It did an unbelivable job cutting his lawn... Unfortunetly, he cut it up and made a go cart out of it for his kids. But back then, stuff like that was old junk. No one collected lawn mowers in those days.
 

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Sixchows said…
"Will probably use a self-etching primer and then paint it the original green and replace the decals."


??????? Green ?????????

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Yea green, I like to make things as original as possible. All the mower attachments for the mid 60's tube frames were an apple green. The dozer/snow blade was a pale yellow, the snowblower was the same pale yellow with beige skid shoes and biege deflector on the chute. Rottotillers were bright red the same as the wheels. The brinly hitch was an off white as were the plow, cultivator and disk. The plow and coulter, disks on the harrow and chisels on the cultivator were a dark bluish/black. The newer tube frames in the early 70's had red mowers, plows, snowblowers and tillers. The tractors were all beige with red wheels. Later, the tractors were white and black with black attachments. The last of the tube frames were white and green. The original tube frames in 62 were gold, before changing to the beige, brown , red in 63.
 

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I like this attachment myself.:winky:
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<img src=http://www.johnnyproducts.com/images/Hooters/HT23%20and%20Girl.jpg>
 

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Thats what i was talking about what you thought i was talking about the hooter girl. Not me:lying: :winky: And yes its from the JB site.
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Hey how many of the naysayers might be swayed if she came and offered a free home demonstration?
 
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