Post away, hopefully more Bolens owners will join in. If you know any on the forums you visit, you can invite them to TractorForum. Our store sold the old tube frame Bolens in the 60's and 70's. I still have lots of old parts that needs a home.
That's an Estate Keeper, EK10, 10hp wisconsin engine,six speed ranges forward and two in reverse. It even had a few attachments. Snowblower, front mounted deck, dozer blade. They also had a Lawn Keeper, similar but smaller and only 6hp but no snowblower for that one only mower deck, and dozer blade. They did offer a cart, and lawn roller for either of these. They were made in the mid '60's
Not to sound like the spelling police but, I think it's a versa-matic right? Check out the yahoo groups, there's loads of info over there, including a bolens classified! Chief left a link, I think it's in the shade tree lounge. Just make sure you come back here, or as the only other bolens owner I'll have to come get you. LOL
Well pictures might be a little tough to get right now,
1 would have to post about 70 pic's (# of pieces it's in)
2 It's stored in a 9X12 shed with 4 complete walk behinds,13 small engines,2 lawn mowers,2 boat motors,1 rider & 1 10hp snowblower. One must be very careful when opening the doors
3 Don't have a digital camera, will try to get pic's soon
I’ve been looking at some Bolens tractors. I never realized
they made such a nice tractor. I have gotten to know some
of their models, the large frames were really nice and a GK
with a plow, a cab and fat AG’s on all 4 corners would be 2nd
only to my fantasy GT 500,000 but what the heck is this ???
Was that the one repainted in basecoat/clearcoat? He had a broom listed seperately for it too, didn't he? What did that go for? If that's the one I'm thinking of, it looked real nice and worth every penny! I've seen others with surface rust going for $2000. Part of the problem with the prices are those that think because every box store tractor has over 20hp that's what you really need and they drive the prices up, the other side is that anyone real familiar with these knows what they are and when a nice one comes along the sky's the limit. Sometimes it's really worth it to pay extra for something super clean or well maintaned, especially older models where parts can become expensive if and when available. You might spend more trying to fix a cheaper one than paying more up front for a nice one and just putting it to work.
Like I said all the box store tractors are over 20hp so everyone's idea is that anything less is junk. Look at the rest of the tubeframes like the 1456, there are a lot more attachments available for these than anything else in the bolens line but you can't give away a 650, 750, or 850. Even 1050's aren't that desirable for those unfamiliar with them. For me that's a good thing, keeps the prices somewhat in line. The 1456 is a tubeframe designed to look like a large frame with the bigger rear fender and the covers on the sides of the tubeframe. But again when someone sees 14hp,they shy away from it. As for the HT23, that has front and rear PTO, front and rear hydraulics and power steering, how much would you need to spend to duplicate something like that? Easily over $10,000 I would think.
The 20 was a much cleaner unit also. There was another one (1456)that I thought was the one you were talking about last night, that was a tubeframe but kinda grimy looking although not too bad. I think the problem with this one was the guy didn't really know what it was, he listed it as an HT20 but with a 1476 motor and said it was either a 1455 or 1476. Good way to scare off a bid by showing even the guy trying to sell it is unsure of it. If he was perhaps a little less honest and called it a 1476 or 1455 and just went with that he may have done better. Obviously wasn't a 20, no twin only a single 14hp. But someone got a pretty good deal for $635 I think. So what's the plan? An HT 20 or HT23? Sell off one of the others or will you keep 4?
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