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#1 xhealey OFFLINE  

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Posted December 20, 2011 - 11:39 PM

I have what I believe to be a 1947 Bolens Gardner walk behind tractor. It has an ID number of: G9823. What model might this be?

Edited by MH81, December 21, 2011 - 02:55 AM.


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Posted December 21, 2011 - 02:54 AM

One of our Bolens gurus or walk behind gurus should be along shortly, just stopped by to :welcome: you to GTTalk.

Looking forwards to pictures. Also, I added the brand name in you title to maybe get more lookers.

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Posted December 21, 2011 - 03:38 AM

Welcome! Just wanted to say Hello!

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Posted December 21, 2011 - 05:13 AM

xhealey,welcome to the forum.Glad to have you with us.
Pics would be nice.

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Posted December 21, 2011 - 07:40 AM

Welcome to the forum xhealey. Like the others have suggested, a picture would help ID it. The number that they put on the gardener tag doesn't do much to identify it. If you look at this thread, <http://gardentractor...ey-thread-9645/> there were pictures of a Gardener and some discussion of it.

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Posted December 21, 2011 - 08:06 AM

:wave: xhealey Welcome to GTTalk! It looks like Doug has the right track for you. We'd still love to see some pictures of it when you get the chance! Thanks for signing up!

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Posted December 21, 2011 - 08:25 AM

Welcome :wave:

Are sure those are the correct numbers? I cant find that number anywhere in the ID charts....

Like the others have mentioned, pictures would be a big help in Identifying it

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Posted December 21, 2011 - 11:12 AM

Are sure those are the correct numbers? I cant find that number anywhere in the ID charts....


Brian, if you go to the end of the thread that I linked to, you will see the discussion about this. On the Gardener they just stamped a serial number and not a model number. Most of the early Bolens were like that. When I looked at the tag on one of my gardeners, it just had G and a serial number. I was going to take a pic of my tag and post it but that was a "round tuit" that I never got to. I'd still like to find a way to determine the actual model of these machines. Bruce posted a chart that had different models of Gardener and years produced listed but I've never figured a way to determine the model. This is something that I'd still like to pursue but haven't had the time to get back to it. Any ideas??

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Posted December 22, 2011 - 01:54 AM

welcome to the group.

I looked into this tonite in some of my field books. i didnt find a "gardener" list for 47 but they do have the Huski-Hi Boy listed as model HB6BA5. Now for the 51 model yr they list the gardener as a B6A4, B6A5, and B6A5S. All models used a ABN wisconsin @ 4.3 hp. Havent a clue as to what the differance is between the 3 models.

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Posted December 22, 2011 - 07:00 AM

Now for the 51 model yr they list the gardener as a B6A4, B6A5, and B6A5S. All models used a ABN wisconsin @ 4.3 hp. Havent a clue as to what the differance is between the 3 models.


The Bolens Gardener manual posted here:
Bolens Gardener Tractor Manual - Manuals - Garden Tractor Talk - Forums
shows the differences on page 3 of this manual.

The differences only appear to be the various tires/wheels.

My manuals show the 1947-1949 High-Boy as model HB63A5 having a B&S 3hp engine.

Manuals for many of the Gardener attachments are also in the Bolens Gardener Manual section found at: Bolens Gardener - Manuals - Garden Tractor Talk - Forums
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Posted December 22, 2011 - 07:24 AM

Prices and model years for the Gardeners can be found at this link:

Bolens Garden Tractor Pricing 1947-1963 - Manuals - Garden Tractor Talk - Forums
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Posted December 22, 2011 - 01:31 PM

The info i have here is not from a Bolens source, its from a book published by Farm Implement News. Each yr for many yrs, they printed out one of these books. It includes all types of tractor and machinary items on stuff that was consider new in the field at the time. They run 3 to 500 pages and i find them helpful in narrowing down a time frame for differnt things. Im sure the info was stuff provided by the companies and is probally full of typo's and hype. Its value to me is the pictures and spec lists that go with the items. I dont beleive orginally that a private person could get one, you had to be some type of dealer. Now days they show up in antique stores once in a while.

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Posted December 22, 2011 - 04:59 PM

Thanks for the welcome and the info. I will try to get pics on line ASAP.....once I figure out how this is done.

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Posted December 22, 2011 - 06:18 PM

Thanks for the welcome and the info. I will try to get pics on line ASAP.....once I figure out how this is done.


Here's a link on how to post pictures :http://gardentractor...res-gttalk-209/

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Posted October 28, 2012 - 02:11 PM

Here's a link on how to post pictures :http://gardentractor...res-gttalk-209/

Have been off line for nearly a year. Am still interested in how to post pics of my 1947 bolens. Have tried going to the above link but to no avail. Have some pics taken of the bolens I would like to get out there to get some feedback on. Thanks xhealey




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