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Posted August 23, 2012 - 07:03 PM

Here are some Items found at Portland Indiana made by Bolens. $500.00 could have got you eathier of the 2 wheeled garden hoes. I think the signs were in the $300.00 range. Does anyone know the Donald Leiser from Bethlehem Penn.? I know these are old machines but are they worth $500.00? The old man on the John Deere 2 row planter is one of the guys in our reel lawn mower club. Theres only 3 of us so I can call him the President of the club, OH! thats only when he's around! lol :laughingteeth:. This planter is powered by a McCormick hit and miss engine. It was restored and built by the other guy in the club, the Vice President, today! :laughingteeth: Caught a lot of attention at the show the last 2 days.
Gues who came to the Vice Presidents house this evening??? Kate Goelzhauser with LAGT magazine. She is the managing editor. She wants to do a story on his John Deere in a display case.
She also interviewed us on the Dille & McGuire lawn mower company. Wants to do a story on it also. She took photos of some of our mowers at Portland. :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana: We would love to get in the publication some day.
The last photo is of the rare Bolens Handie -ho. I seen 2 of these today pulling people around with sulkies.

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Posted August 23, 2012 - 07:10 PM

Nice looking GT's Wish I was up there with you!

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Posted August 23, 2012 - 07:18 PM

Thanks for the pictures. Those are some very interesting machines.

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Posted August 23, 2012 - 07:35 PM

Drool.......
I would give $500 for one of those early walk behinds in an instant!

I believe the non painted model in the first pic should date close to 1928

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Posted August 23, 2012 - 07:53 PM

Great photographs there, thanks for sharing them.

Also, congratulations on Kate showing up being interested on doing a story.
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Posted August 23, 2012 - 09:34 PM

Drool.......
I would give $500 for one of those early walk behinds in an instant!

I believe the non painted model in the first pic should date close to 1928

He had one on the ground all rust color for $400.00 i believe? look just like the unpanited one on the trailer. I will take a photo of it Friday.

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Posted August 23, 2012 - 09:40 PM

I love to have the signs Pm me a idea what they were in price.....



If you see any Ridemasters could you look into getting the mod and ser number off them so I can add them to my list?

Edited by wilberj, August 23, 2012 - 09:42 PM.


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Posted August 24, 2012 - 04:27 AM

Wow,nice looking stuff.Thanks for the pictures.

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Posted August 24, 2012 - 07:11 PM

here is todays update. The bright yellow bolens sold to a bolens collector and the other older bolens were gone this morning. they must have pulled out early. Here are some Bolens mowers shown off by some very sick Bolens collectors. :laughingteeth: I think many of us fit under this label.
Ido have another question? The red and yellow tractor. Is this a bolens color for that machine or diod someone do up thier own version?
The home made jobbie was brought down by my other neighbor. He wants to make a garden tractor look like a old AC tractor.
Oh by the way it is a gas and steam engine show so I better fill in with a steam engine. This one was about 8 feet tall or more.

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Posted August 24, 2012 - 07:27 PM

Nice Photos
Did you happen to take any more pics of those nice Bolens walk behinds/Ride-a-matics?
Its hard to tell from the picture but that red Bolens looks to be a Bean cutler which originally was red with white wheel rims, but Ray or Jerome would know for sure.

The Bean cutler was produced by FMC a year or two before FMC bought the Bolens name then started labeling them as Bolens and switched the name to Ride-Master

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Posted August 24, 2012 - 09:25 PM

Nice Photos
Did you happen to take any more pics of those nice Bolens walk behinds/Ride-a-matics?
Its hard to tell from the picture but that red Bolens looks to be a Bean cutler which originally was red with white wheel rims, but Ray or Jerome would know for sure.

The Bean cutler was produced by FMC a year or two before FMC bought the Bolens name then started labeling them as Bolens and switched the name to Ride-Master


Yes it is a Bean Cutler as I know of all bean cutlers were red with red rims.
Bean cutlers were made 1946 to early 1947 then the ridemaster came out in late 1947 to 1958.
On a side note that is Hank Walkins Bean Cutler.

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Posted August 25, 2012 - 06:22 PM

I love to have the signs Pm me a idea what they were in price.....



If you see any Ridemasters could you look into getting the mod and ser number off them so I can add them to my list?

The signs were around $400.00 each. They were in the antique area where things are usually higher priced. Did not see any ride masters today. Lots of people pulling out this morning and we only stayed till noon.
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Posted August 25, 2012 - 06:29 PM

Thanks for sharing your pictures and telling some of the story with em. That chain saw sign would fit in well on my wall..

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Posted August 25, 2012 - 06:37 PM

I did see this today. Another early bolens. The owner said he bought it at a auction when he was a kid. OK are you ready for the price??? He got this and if I got the story correct 4 attachments for a whopping, are you ready??? $1.50 at a auction. He was maybe in his low 50's age wise. Said the original color was red because when he went to restore it there was red paint in between were the parts went together. He pulled the cord ones and it took off. I asked him if he would like to double his money on it. :orangecool: He laughed and said know! Was offered $100.00 at the gate when he came in and turned it down said it was not going to be for sale.
Check out the blue mower. nice custom job.
Loved this mouse trap. It was about 3 foot by 2 foot big. the guys said there was not too many takers with out asking. It looked very real and just like the small ones.
This was a very nice bantum. Great paint job.

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Posted August 25, 2012 - 06:42 PM

Nice Photos
Did you happen to take any more pics of those nice Bolens walk behinds/Ride-a-matics?
Its hard to tell from the picture but that red Bolens looks to be a Bean cutler which originally was red with white wheel rims, but Ray or Jerome would know for sure.

The Bean cutler was produced by FMC a year or two before FMC bought the Bolens name then started labeling them as Bolens and switched the name to Ride-Master

That would make sense, It had FMC decals all over it.
The guy that had the older bolens was not there today when we got there so no more photos.




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