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I would like to apologize if I am posting in the wrong section. I was not sure if I should post in the MTD or the Troy Built section given the mixed name brands on the Bolens 15.5hp 38". I am a current owner of a Honda 21 in. Steel Deck Smart Drive Variable Speed Self Propelled Gas Mower. I have been offered a Bolen 15.5 38" tractor free by my neighbor. The catch?

Problems - Rear wheels locked up, everytime I try to start the tractor - it will only turn for a second and then stop, belt for blades is broken. I am assuming that there is a safety feature that is being tripped? The second belt being driven off of the engine, that transfers power to the rear, is super loose as well.

Model #: 13AM762F765
183629

Picture 1 - The Beast...
Picture 2 - Underneath the engine, blade drive belt torn, drive belt to rear is super loose
Picture 3 - Rear of tractor with transfer belt & pulley

I would prefer to get the the Tractor working and just get free use in the future. I hate to see equipment go to waste. Any help is appreciated.

-OldSchool33
 

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Welcome to MLMF. Free is always good. Just taking a quick look at the Google results, looks like the Bolens is a 2005 or 2006 maybe. Depending on how long it's been sitting, things could just need a little coaxing to get them free and loose again. That could also explain the battery. It might be weak from sitting so maybe a fresh charge, or a new battery is in order. So far as the transmission, what type is it? Is it gear driven or hydro? I'm not all that familiar with hydros, but from what I gather from reading, there is usually a lever or some device that has to be released to allow it to roll free.

I'd recommend getting a copy of the owner's manual and going over it good to understand how things are supposed to work on it, take a look at parts lists and diagrams to familiarize yourself with how things go together and check prices on the parts you know you are going to need up front to decide if it would be cost effective to bring it back to life.

Let us know how things go.
 

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Running now

Well, the tractor is running now. I dragged it up a hill and that broke free the rusted parts. Running like a charm. Thanks again for your help!

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The variable drive setup (in your 3rd pic) can be a pain. I learned it is best to change both belts while your in there, and they can be a bugger to get out until you done it a few time and get a routine down. Also, the center floater in the double vari-drive pulley can get stiff and not want to float, giving you grief. Not trying to discourage you from this machine, just passing on what I know. Some folks love them, others hate them. me, I just work on them :)
 
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