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I just picked this up for $650. Sounded like a good deal, now maybe not so much. The first thing I had to do was fix the steering (center the shaft on the sector gear) and align the wheels (they were toed out almost a half inch), it works but I will need to replace the tie rod and one tie rod end in the not to distant future. The PTO belts and tensioner have been jerry rigged and the parts and the tractor (front) don't seem to match the parts book, I'll have to dig deeper into this if I want to put the snow blower on it, and I do. The hydraulic lift has been basterdised to hook-up a home made 3-point hitch for the furrow plow and disk set that was included, I don't need them, so anybody that is interested.....
So was it a good deal? It will take some work, but it runs strong and came with wheel weights and chains. It will allow me to completely dismantle the 1700H for a complete restoration over the winter while it will be my snow clearing machine (then it will get the treatment starting in the spring).:fing20:
 

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It looks nice as far as paint and rust and if that engine and hydro run well then you did not do all that bad in my opinion. You can knock off $150.00 for the weights and chains and another $100.00 for the homemade 3pt and harrow.
 

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I think you got a decent deal. Can you post some pics of the pto setup? I have a feeling the electric clutch went and the PO made it into a manual engagement PTO. Can you also post a pic of the left hand side of the tractor?

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I'll get a picture of the other side tomorrow, I'll remove the hood to get a good photo of the PTO. The electric clutch is still there and working, but the idler arm looks like it has been cut off on the bottom where the spring would normally be. The spring is on the bolt holding the pullies and goes up and to the outside of the engine, you have to wait for the picture to believe it. The front axle does not have a place to attach the spring anchor to, quite puzzling.
 

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OK. I've figured it out, between Sonny's and Sams I was able to search thru parts manuals of similar size tractors, and behold what I have is not a 1900H but a 1966 (QT-19). No more mystery about the PTO, and Sonny's is sending me a diagram and installation of the three point (as it is supposed to be) along with new belts and spring for the PTO. Anyhow here is the photo of the other side.
 

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I thought it looked a little different from a 1900. That is why I wanted a pic of the other side. Those QT's are nice tractors.

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Nice tractors except the drive-train run backasswards causing you to buy attachments specificaly for that machine. Other then that there tanks.
 

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Are you speaking of the PTO rotation? I was hoping to use the 48" mower deck I have from the 5017. Please tell me it ain't assbackwards, But I'll check it to be sure.
 

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Are you speaking of the PTO rotation? I was hoping to use the 48" mower deck I have from the 5017. Please tell me it ain't assbackwards, But I'll check it to be sure.
Check the orientation of the 'front' of your engines (flywheel). I still have no idea why Bolens made a series of tractors with everything spinning backwards! Anyone care to enlighten us?
 

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Check the orientation of the 'front' of your engines (flywheel). I still have no idea why Bolens made a series of tractors with everything spinning backwards! Anyone care to enlighten us?
This was a result of reversing the engine in order to compete with other 'quiet' models of it's competitors. This allowed them to put the exhaust out the front....it did quiet the driving experience down from what I've been told. Hence the name, QT or Quiet Twin.
 

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Ratboy: yes it does. I has a brochure that talks about what they did to make it quieter. I will have to upload it sometime. It was pretty interesting.

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The rotation is the same as my 5017H Eliminator (load off my mind). Perhaps the QT's that do not have the Kohler engines are reversed, or posibbly the ones with the Sunstrand hydro units require a different rotation? Anyway, it appears (and I am assuming here) that any tractor with the Kohler KT series engines may all turn the same way.
 
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