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#1 ddechri OFFLINE  

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Posted October 01, 2010 - 09:42 AM

Hi all. It's good to find an active Bolens forum.

Anyone have any good leads on a HT23 in southern PA? We are willing to go some distance for a nice one.

Here's the long story for those interested.

My Brother and I have started an effort to reduce the labor for our Dad on his small farm. Over the last year, my brother and I built a hydraulic dump cart (3'x5') and upgraded an old Sears Custon XL10 he already had to run it. Now we need some thing to fill it with. Originally, we were planning to modify a '74 D160 wheel Horse and build a loader for it. We figured we would need to at add split brakes, power steering, and foot hydro control to make it user friendly for loader work.

I asked the question, "is there something out there that is already set-up that way" to save us the fabrication time. After lots of searching, I really liked the PowerMax AC/Simplicity tractors and the Case/Ingersoll tractors. However I was really impressed when i stumbled on the Bolens large frames. They already have the foot control for the drive, 3 pt option, power steering option and lots of cool implements. The other selling factor was the use of Kohler engines over the Onans all the other use. So, now I need to find one. Of course, the HT23 is the best with the 2 speed rear and power steering. We still plan to build our own loader.

So, any leads would be appreciated. Or, if anyone is willing to sell off one of there extras, let me know. It will get put to good use and I'm sure it will be happy.

Thanks, Dave

Edited by ddechri, October 04, 2010 - 12:24 PM.


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Posted October 01, 2010 - 10:07 AM

Welcome to the site. I hope you choose to be a active member here, your experience with New Holland would be huge benefit here.

Nice to see another engineer. I am civil engineer.

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Posted October 01, 2010 - 10:07 AM

ddechri :welcometogttalk:glad to have you here.

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Posted October 01, 2010 - 10:11 AM

Glad to have you aboard.:welcome:

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Posted October 01, 2010 - 08:13 PM

Welcome to GTT!
Nice to have you as a member of GTT
The Bolens Large frames will not let you down.
I'll keep my eyes peeled and if I see one for sale I'll let you know :thumbs:

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Posted October 04, 2010 - 04:24 AM

There was one located in Bangor PA/ Pen Argyl Pa on craigslist, its under the lehigh valley section, not sure if its there or not anymore but it was either a ht20 or 23

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Posted October 04, 2010 - 04:27 AM

Found IT!!!!!
Bolens HT23 with deck

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Posted October 04, 2010 - 04:35 AM

Good for you,did you buy it yet ?

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Posted October 04, 2010 - 05:05 AM

Found IT!!!!!
Bolens HT23 with deck


Looks to be in decent shape

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Posted October 04, 2010 - 08:33 AM

Thanks for the welcome and the tips, guys!

Once we made the decision to go with the HT23, we have found 3 that were advertised but already gone. The one in the link was also listed on ebay. No bidding, but it went for $1800. There was also one in Dubois that went for $1900. Both nice machines by the pictures. There was HT20D in Dubois that disapeared for $1300. Seems they don't last long. Thanks for the help. We know of another in OH (6 hours away) for $1500 that looks a little rougher, but I'm scoping local before making that trip. And if you know of a good deal, email me directly (ddechri@yahoo.com) so I can react faster.

Anybody in the York / Lancaster area be willing to let us see/ride/drive theirs. If it has a FEL, that would be even better!

- Dave

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Posted October 11, 2010 - 02:02 PM

Well, my brother made the drive to OH over the weekend. The guy cut us a little break on the price, but it is a lot rougher than we thought it was going to be from the pictures of CL. He listed it on ebay, so it was a snoze and lose situation. There is a lot of tractor there. It runs and drives, the hydraulics work and the hourmeter says 500 hours. However, it looks like someone took it apart and then quickly threw it together with half the hardware. The steering linkages are shot and you can tell it spent a lot of it's days stored outside.

It came with a 54" deck that is rough and a 42 single stage snow thrower that is weathered.

I'd still like to find a 2 stage snow blower if anyone knows of one. And I'll be adding a 3 point hitch to carry a weight box.

So, thanks for the help. And I'm sure I'll be starting threads of questions as we tear it down and build it up.

- Dave

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Posted October 11, 2010 - 04:22 PM

Somehow I missed this thread the first time around, so...
ddechri :wave: Welcome to the forum! I'm glad you found what you were looking for! Keep us posted on your progress and we :love::camera:!!!

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Posted October 11, 2010 - 05:25 PM

Congrat's on the New Bolens Looking forward to seeing the pics

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Posted October 11, 2010 - 05:47 PM

Congrats on your "new" tractor.

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Posted October 20, 2010 - 04:24 AM

glad to see you found one, looking forward to seeing the pics!!!!




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