Originally posted by sixchows
You know I really wanted one for the 1050's. I have 3 of them running and one has hydraulic lift. And it's RED! The problem is the lift link will bend before getting any down pressure and the over travel is only 1". On the craftsman, the over travel is 4" and there isn't any lift link to bend. The bucket for the craftsman is also larger. On the other hand, I feel the bolens is a stronger overall tractor and the locking diff would have come in handy. Another thing is the snowblower is on the craftsman for 4 or more months a year so I would get more time with it on the bolens. And the bolens are still going strong after 30+ years, I'm not sure the craftsman will be. At some point I just had to choose one over the other.