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Posted August 04, 2012 - 09:22 PM

Great herd there Brian. Nice pics. Do ya have a hard time deciding which one you want to jump on and ride? He he.

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Posted August 04, 2012 - 09:36 PM

Nice pictures, and a great line-up. Nice to see that many survivors.
Did you climb on the roof for the arial shots?
I noticed the one decal has a MF logo.

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Posted August 04, 2012 - 09:39 PM

great herd doc i like'em all thanks for sharing. John 13:34,35

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Posted August 04, 2012 - 09:47 PM

Really great collection! What's the year and model of the brown tractor on the end?

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Posted August 05, 2012 - 02:27 AM

It seems like you have plenty of lawn left to fill up with more equipment !!!

They do look nice! ....The 600 would be a nice candidate for restoration!

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Posted August 05, 2012 - 05:48 AM

That's one great looking "family", Brian. :thumbs:

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Posted August 05, 2012 - 07:44 AM

Doc., That is a very nice group you have collected. It is nice to see them all in one photo. Thanks for getting them out and sharing with us.

What is the the first one in the second row, a 600?


Really great collection! What's the year and model of the brown tractor on the end?



That's my Gold 1962' 600

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Posted August 05, 2012 - 07:51 AM

Nice pictures, and a great line-up. Nice to see that many survivors.
Did you climb on the roof for the arial shots?


Yes :D


I noticed the one decal has a MF logo.


That is a dealership decal that was put on the hood. Its on both sides
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Posted August 05, 2012 - 07:52 AM

It seems like you have plenty of lawn left to fill up with more equipment !!!

They do look nice! ....The 600 would be a nice candidate for restoration!


Plenty of lawn but not much more room to store them :D
The 600 was supposed to be restored this summer but the Green Brier took its place.

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Posted August 05, 2012 - 10:04 PM

Nice photos, Doc!! Looks like the front of a Bolens dealership from the late 1960's... :D

I wish I had that many nice tractors with different attachments for each one... But then again I'd first need to wish for a house with enough land to warrant that many as well as a big enough garage to store them all! :unsure:

It is good to know that those "survivor" Bolens are in good hands with you and will be well taken care of and/or fully restored eventually. There is nothing worse than seeing any old tractor, car, truck, or other items left rotting outside neglected in a field somewhere by prior owners who don't care about their stuff... :mad2:

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Posted August 05, 2012 - 10:12 PM

Oh, one more question... What is the brown thing hanging off of the back of what I believe is a Bolens 1000? It is the 4th tractor down (the one in the middle). It looks like some sort of hitch coming out of the back or else it is possibly part of the seat? I can't tell from the photos as there is too much in the way.

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Posted August 05, 2012 - 11:42 PM

Nice collection Doc, And the fact the so many of them are in working order shows how you feel about the Bolens brand.

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Posted August 06, 2012 - 06:59 AM

Oh, one more question... What is the brown thing hanging off of the back of what I believe is a Bolens 1000? It is the 4th tractor down (the one in the middle). It looks like some sort of hitch coming out of the back or else it is possibly part of the seat? I can't tell from the photos as there is too much in the way.


The 1000 was the First Bolens I ever drove.
My Grandfather bought it 1 year used (1966) from a guy who traded his tractor in every year. He used it to mow the lawn and haul fire wood. He made a "heavy duty" hitch for the rear.
I believe the top part was for pulling some sort of homemade 2 wheel cart.

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Posted August 06, 2012 - 07:02 AM

Wow, Im gonna show my wife those picture so she knows theres someone locally with more bolens gt's than I ever had. She just might thank you for buying them all up so I had no chance to fill my garage! LOL! I think you should share one of those 1000's with me. It was the 1st bolens I ever used, and I grew up using one. My family owns 28 acres in franklinville, we mowed 5 to 6 acres of it. As a baby I road behind my dad and grandpa on the tractor for hours until I finally fell asleep. Then when I was 3yrs old, My dad taught me the controls and I started steering and operating with him on the back. Finally 1 day he just jumped off and let me cut. It was my job from then on. Then they bought a cub low boy to do the job. For some reason my uncle who never rode the tractor or used it, and lives in amherst(has no use for the tractor)got the tractor!! It just sits buried in his shed doing nothing. Hopefully someday he will give it up to the right owner! I've asked numerous times, but he wont let it go. Sorry to throw this story in your thread, great fleet, cant wait to see a few of them this week at the fair!!
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Posted August 06, 2012 - 08:48 AM

My Grandfather bought it 1 year used (1966) from a guy who traded his tractor in every year. He used it to mow the lawn and haul fire wood. He made a "heavy duty" hitch for the rear.
I believe the top part was for pulling some sort of homemade 2 wheel cart.


That's a nice story, Doc. Thanks for that explaination of what that is. I'm still not really 100% sure what it's supposed to do, but I guess you'd have to be in the mind of the man who made it to understand what he was going for. That's really nice that you've kept that tractor going and kept it original with that "hitch" still on it in memory of your grandfather. It's really very touching!


EDIT - Makes me wish I had been able to get my hands on my grandfather's old Bolens tractor to fix it up and keep it running! It was still in pretty good shape when he got rid of it and I'm pretty sure it just would have needed an engine overhaul and maybe some other minor work to keep it going... Makes me sad sometimes thinking about it though.

Edited by MailmAn, August 06, 2012 - 08:51 AM.





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