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Posted October 06, 2012 - 02:10 PM

That paint on the 56' Looks great. Bolens used about 3 different shades of green on the Ride-a-matics. They went from a light green to a darker blue/Green

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Posted October 06, 2012 - 04:32 PM

Thanks for the info.
I have heard all good things about Mr Watkins from quite a few people over the years but have yet to deal with him yet.
Does he have a website or does he just deal over the phone?


Only over the phone.
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Posted October 06, 2012 - 04:39 PM

Dont you have any favorite Bolens to post?
I would have thought you would be first to respond to this thread :poke:

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Posted October 07, 2012 - 10:11 PM

Thank you Brian for a great thread. I just need to get my three favorites out and get some pics.If I had more computer knowledge, I'm sure I could put together enough pics that were already posted. I just want to do another post without help

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Posted October 08, 2012 - 05:53 AM

I would say of all my Bolens tractors,the '63 800 is my favorite.

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Posted October 08, 2012 - 01:30 PM

I like my 900 with the tiller, It came from a man in my church whos father owned it. The father died this last year 1 month after his wife died. Both were great people and I feel i have restored it in memory of him. My Bolens lighted sign I got this year from the Portland swap meet really looks neat in my shop. I love sign and adverisements of older things. This light is hanging in my shop from the ceiling and comes on when the overhead light is on.

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Posted October 08, 2012 - 05:26 PM

well i love all my bolens and other tractor i have so this is hard to say wich is my "prized" ones but here we go.




1. Bolens grounds keeper with the cozy cab, 72in batwing mower deck, 48in 2 stage snowblower and i beleave its a 60in power angle blade. its a very amazing tractor an a joy to operate.

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2. 1967 Bolens 1050. i bought this tractor when i was 10 years old with my own money and it had a 36in snow blower i paid $425 for it but the old lady that had it said her husband only used just for blowing snow for 5 or 6 years an he bought it new.. i really like it because all the attachment that they made for the tube frame... i use this tractor alot. i have the following attachments, bolens made wagon, dozer blade, snowblower, 33in tiller, hyd lift, front mount reel mower, also generac generator, front and rear monted chippers,tree sprayer witch all are made by macsikk "i cant spell lol", brinly moldboard plow, tandem disc harrows, culivater, planter, dunp cart attachment and leaf rake. viking grasss seeder, danuser cd1 posthole digger but its in pa at the moment. i think thats the whole list

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3. 1967 bolens 850. my grand father bought this tract new in 67 form a local dealer with a 38in deck and the tree sprayer witch i also have and he mowed it up until 2004 then he gave it to me. that 850 was what made me wanting to collect bolens tractors i was 4 years old an i use to ride on my grandads lap while he would mow an when he went on vacation he use to let me mow the lawn with it then i would ride it to my house and mow my lawn.. all my family mostly had Bolens Estate keepers they were really popular around here.. i got my EK for my uncle witch he got from his father inlaw. sorry i dont have a good pic of the 850 i keep it put away it still runs and mows but the starter generator went

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i hope evaeryone enjoys and have a great day.. and brian breat thread
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Posted October 11, 2012 - 10:22 PM

Here are my top 3 tractors, first place goes to my 1967, 1050 with Johnson loader. It's reliable and beats the heck out of a wheel barrow. image.jpg

Second place goes to the 1960 ride a matic, my first ground up restoration. image.jpg

Third place is my sons 1000....I know what your thinking...it doesn't look right. Well to make a long story short, his mother wouldn't let me bring his 800 to my house. So I found him a 1000, that had no engine so input in a tra12d (yes I exlpained how much more power this one would have than the other lol) and I also got a set of round fenders and metal seat so it looks like the 800. He loves it and that's good enough for me!image.jpg
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Posted October 12, 2012 - 11:17 PM

I would say that the rarest Bolens I have is the 1250 with the Johnson Work Horse Fork Lift. The picture has my 9 year buddy Clifford using it. The second picture shows it with powder coated wheels and new tires.

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Posted October 17, 2012 - 12:09 AM

Steve you could have at least thrown in a pic of the ride a matic line up(wizards included)... Lol. That forklift is pretty sweet!!!

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Posted October 17, 2012 - 10:15 PM

Since I only own 1 Bolens I guess I'll call it my favorite. It's my1253 which is now my primary mower when I cut my field. (sorry Wheel Horse). And with winter approaching it will have the plow and chains put back on.

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Posted October 20, 2012 - 06:56 PM

I would say that the rarest Bolens I have is the 1250 with the Johnson Work Horse Fork Lift. The picture has my 9 year buddy Clifford using it. The second picture shows it with powder coated wheels and new tires.

LOL can do you have enough engines on that shelf

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Posted October 20, 2012 - 07:14 PM

LOL can do you have enough engines on that shelf


LOL you should see how many tractors he has.....

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Posted October 20, 2012 - 07:42 PM

LOL you should see how many tractors he has.....


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Posted October 24, 2012 - 01:02 PM

We have a beautiful day here in our neck of the woods, so I took the time to get three of the Bolens out and have their pictures taken. It was the perfect excuse to fire them up and go for a ride.
The first is my 1053. This was also my first Bolens and the only one that has been restored.
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The second is my Bolens 600. This was the first tractor I had to push snow.
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Last is my Ride A Matic. This is just a fun little tractor to drive.
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