. Doug you don't have one of these units? I figured if anyone had one you would!
That's the one that got away! I'd lived a sheltered life and didn't even realize those existed until about 10 yrs ago. A guy from Wisc came up to me at a show and asked if I knew anyone that would be interested in a Bolens. He showwed me some pictures that were as bad as the brochure. To me it looks like the early Simplicity but he swore it had a Bolens tag. I agreed to meet him at a show in Wisconsin to check it out and bring it back if I liked it. Called him the weekend before the show and everything was still a go. Drove to Wisc and no tractor. Didn't have time to get it out. I told him to let me know if he ever got it out. A couple years later I see one at Rochester IN show. Come to find out it was the tractor from Wisc and he had even delivered it to IN earlier in the week before everybody got there. Hummmmm..... Oh well, I guess it wasn't meant to be. It went to Canada.
There is a Huski Hi-Boy hid out there. It's the hy-wheel version of the Gardener. I think that thing had 4 row implements that came with it. It spent its whole life on one farm in NJ black dirt. It didn't look very big until I went to load it and it wouldn't fit through the 48" side door of the trailer. I watched it all weekend hoping somebody else would buy it. I was doing good convincing myself I didn't need it. The last I was standing around there when the owner came by. We started talking and one thing led to another and when the deal was done I'm not so sure he didn't pay me to take it. This is about all I can get of it.
My take on the hy-wheelers were that they would have the standard version and a hy wheel version of each model. Using the same generic picture to advertise 2 different things doesn't surprise me any. Photograhy wasn't real good and a lot of pictures are actually artist's drawings. The biggest difference in the hy wheel was the ability to vary the wheel spacings. If you look at the DJ pics I posted you can see some long shafts coming out and one in front of the engine that isn't normally there. Those shafts let the clutch assemblies and wheels slide in or out. The standard versions didn't do that.