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Bolens Tractors: The Tube Frame Series 1962-1978

bolens tractors bolens 600 bolens history bolens tube frame bolens 800 bolens 1000 bolens 1050


An excellent, well put together work.  It is evident it took a lot of time finding all the correct information included in this reference piece.


Thank you very much for your work and dedication to the Bolens line and this forum

    • NUTNDUN, Bolens 1000, blackjackjakexxix and 3 others have said thanks

Nice job Brian  now we know why your called the "Doc".  thanks for the info you put here.

    • NUTNDUN, blackjackjakexxix and MailmAn have said thanks
Dec 26, 2014 01:58 PM
Very nice article,you can tell it took some time to put it together
    • NUTNDUN and WrenchinOnIt have said thanks
Texas Deere and Horse
Dec 26, 2014 02:17 PM

Doc., That is a very nice and very descriptive, informative article on the tube frame tractors. I really enjoyed ready it and learned a lot from all the info.


THANK YOU so Much for all the time and effort you put into this.


GREAT JOB Brian !!

    • NUTNDUN, Bolens 1000, blackjackjakexxix and 1 other said thanks
Dec 26, 2014 05:27 PM

Outstanding job!  What will the next chapter cover? I'm hoping for paint colors and decal examples. Any way we can purchase a printed copy?

    • NUTNDUN and blackjackjakexxix have said thanks

Any way we can purchase a printed copy?


Not trying to give out too much info but that may be a possibility in the near future.

    • blackjackjakexxix said thank you
now I know I have a 62 for sure. Hood is all rusty, was not sure of the color. Thanks.
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Little Irish Men
Dec 26, 2014 08:28 PM

O my , That is a lot of great info. I will be re reading this again and now it can be said "If you need some info on bolens tractors ask the "doc" he wrote the book". Thank you nice job.

    • NUTNDUN, Bolens 1000 and blackjackjakexxix have said thanks

Great job, Brian.  That is some exhausting research!

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tex tractor jack
Dec 27, 2014 07:47 PM

This a great informative article, I will use this and the other suggested information, when I start the renovation of the 1256 I have.


Great research!


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WOW Great job doc.
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jerseyhawg / glenn
Dec 28, 2014 05:59 PM
A well written and very informative article. Kudos. Glenn
    • NUTNDUN and blackjackjakexxix have said thanks
Great article, Brian. Thanks!
    • NUTNDUN and blackjackjakexxix have said thanks

Absolutely fantastic thank you for that great break down of information. 

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Bolens 1000
Dec 29, 2014 05:26 PM

Thanks Guys!

    • blackjackjakexxix said thank you
Dec 29, 2014 11:43 PM
Any pics of the H-16 in the green colors,gotta be pretty rare machine
    • NUTNDUN said thank you

Great job, Doc! I have been hoping for someone to write a Bolens chronicle like this for a long time. Thanks for writing it. You realize of course, that you've now set a precedent and we'll all be expecting more, right? Which Bolens series are you planning next? My vote would be the Large Frames. :-)


I have one question: I was a little confused about your description of the engines in the 1000 and the 1050. You state the following:


"The Bolens 1000 featured a rugged 8.25HP Wisconsin TR-10D engine. I am not sure if it was an error or a marketing deploy by Bolens but the manuals always branded this as a 10HP tractor but really was 8.25."


But, in your description of the engine in the 1050 you state:

"This 1966 Husky was powered by a TR-10D engine (10HP)."


So, is the Wisconsin TR-10D 8.25HP or 10HP?


Keep up the good work and dedication to arguably the best GT manufacturer of all time!

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Bolens 1000
Dec 31, 2014 04:22 PM

The 1966 1050 TR10D was also 8.25HP
Thanks for finding that!

    • NUTNDUN said thank you

No problem, Doc. Thanks for the clarification.

    • NUTNDUN said thank you
Jan 03, 2015 07:33 PM

Very interesting,i'd like to read more article like this...thanks!

    • NUTNDUN said thank you
Jan 05, 2015 09:01 AM
Brian, a really informative break down of these models. Very useful and I can attest to the build quality on my two Bolens that have survived the ravages of the weather we get here in the UK.
    • NUTNDUN said thank you

Brian, fantasic read. I now know that what I thought was a Bolens 1000 is actually a 900.


I have a G-12 which is really good condition and I guess it is even more rare given that it is in the UK. My G-12 has a 6-speed rear end and the clutch is the same as a G-10, which if original gives it an additonal set of gears by manually changing the belt.




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The H14 is the one I should have never sold, need to get a bigger shed.


I've had 3or4 bolens tube's easy to work on, meant to be fixed onsite, really well thought out machines.

    • NUTNDUN and Bolens 1000 have said thanks

Brian I enjoyed all the info. I want one now!

I have a decent picture of a g12 except the seat is not stock, I would gladly except a stock seat and take many pictures, you will notice the g12 in my profile picture. Very useful article, a great wealth of information wrapped into a short piece of work. Good job!