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Posted November 01, 2012 - 09:18 PM

Legend has it, that not long after Woodstock, the Prototypes had a plow day, up
in the high country of West Virginia. Apparently most of the new stuff was there.
I can't say for sure, because, afterall, it's a legend, but from what I've heard, the weather
turned for the worst, and all the Protos where stranded there. They couldn't get out of there before
they ran out of gas. It must have been awefull, to hear all that new technology, grinding to a halt.
The legend also claims, that they all gathered together in dewey meadow, in their waning moments.

Hopefully, someday, that meadow is found.

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Posted November 01, 2012 - 09:30 PM

Prototypes exist. Jerome bought my large frame prototype last week and is picking it up soon. I also sold a Ride a matic prototype (believed to be 1956) ealier this year. It was purchased by another Bolens Collector out west. There is also a prototype Bolens tractor still on the roof of the original Bolens factory.

I have also heard of another prototype Bolens Ridemaster but thats a secret.


Well thats 4 now you did not tell me the one on the roof was a prototype. :D

Edited by wilberj, November 01, 2012 - 09:32 PM.


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Posted November 02, 2012 - 05:46 AM

I also sold a Ride a matic prototype (believed to be 1956) ealier this year. It was purchased by another Bolens Collector out west.


Do you have any picures of the Ride a matic prototype? Anything that would be a clue to identify it as a prototype?

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Posted November 02, 2012 - 07:03 AM

Do you have any picures of the Ride a matic prototype? Anything that would be a clue to identify it as a prototype?


Yes I do, but the tractor is owned by someone else now. Its not my tractor to show off anymore. The Ride a matic will be restored, and shown. Im sure it will find its way into the LG Collector Magazine when finished.

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Posted November 02, 2012 - 04:20 PM

After reading the brochure for the Eaton hydro's (http://gardentractor...tatic-brochure/) i seen what looked to be a 1050 but they said that it has a Eaton 6 Hydro and i was looking at some more pictures and they showed in the shop and there was all kinds of bolens tractors it got me thinking ... IS there any prototype bolens tractors out there Did they ever attempt to put a twin or a kohler or a diesel in a tube frame ? or was there any prototype attachments ?



Thats a 775 small frame.

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Posted November 02, 2012 - 04:35 PM

Thats a 775 small frame.

page 6 you cant tell me that's a 775 if you look thats a tube frame and they say "here we have a bolens ...... with a eaton model 6 under going tests more than a year and a half ago

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Posted November 02, 2012 - 04:43 PM

Legend has it, that not long after Woodstock, the Prototypes had a plow day, up
in the high country of West Virginia. Apparently most of the new stuff was there.
I can't say for sure, because, afterall, it's a legend, but from what I've heard, the weather
turned for the worst, and all the Protos where stranded there. They couldn't get out of there before
they ran out of gas. It must have been awefull, to hear all that new technology, grinding to a halt.
The legend also claims, that they all gathered together in dewey meadow, in their waning moments.

Hopefully, someday, that meadow is found.

tommartyn-youtube LOL

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Posted November 02, 2012 - 04:52 PM

page 6 you cant tell me that's a 775 if you look thats a tube frame and they say "here we have a bolens ...... with a eaton model 6 under going tests more than a year and a half ago


It is indeed a Tubeframe in that picture....

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Posted November 02, 2012 - 04:58 PM

Thread on the factory http://gardentractor..._bolens factory

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Posted November 02, 2012 - 05:35 PM

page 6 you cant tell me that's a 775 if you look thats a tube frame and they say "here we have a bolens ...... with a eaton model 6 under going tests more than a year and a half ago



Well thats what I get for looking at just page one.
I think the model 6 part is a typo the tubes used the Eaton 10.
And by the way the tube you see is a 1225.

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Posted November 02, 2012 - 05:45 PM

Well thats what I get for looking at just page one.
I think the model 6 part is a typo the tubes used the Eaton 10.
And by the way the tube you see is a 1225.

Maybe they Tryed a 6 in a 1225 because there is No hydraulic lift (if you look at the picture)and they realized that a 10 was better because it has a charge pump for Aux hydraulics

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Posted November 02, 2012 - 06:04 PM

Maybe they Tryed a 6 in a 1225 because there is No hydraulic lift (if you look at the picture)and they realized that a 10 was better because it has a charge pump for Aux hydraulics


Looks like the lift is off for testing to me look were the hoses go....

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Posted November 20, 2012 - 12:38 AM

Prototype 1886... More pics to come this week on how it is a prototype.

I now know of 5 maybe 6 prototypes...........



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