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#16 boyscout862 ONLINE  

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Posted March 02, 2014 - 06:32 AM

My opinion is split between my large frame Bolens and my large frame Simplicites from the late 60s. The Bolens has size and power. They are both over 45 years old which proves the quality of the designs and materials. Good Luck, Rick 


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Posted March 02, 2014 - 06:52 AM

Yes, feeling about the same here too, Not knocking John Deere or Wheel Horse.

Large frame shaft driven Bolens or Belt driven Simplicity or even the later shaft driven Simplicities.

Shaft drive is great until the Bevel gearboxes and universal joints has to be rebuilt.

Belt driven is great until the belts and pulleys has to be replaced/fixed.

After that it will last a long time, both require about the same maintenance and have well built engines.


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Posted March 02, 2014 - 07:22 AM

The one that can do the jobs you need done at a price you can afford. 


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Posted March 02, 2014 - 07:30 AM

The one that can do the jobs you need done at a price you can afford. 

 

:iagree: :ditto:


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Posted March 02, 2014 - 07:36 AM

I don't know what's "the best gt", but I think best "mowers" are sheaps and goats...


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Posted March 02, 2014 - 07:37 AM

IM A WHEELHORSE GUY BUT MY PANZER PLOWS 'EM UNDER THERE THAT SHOULD START SOME SH
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Posted March 02, 2014 - 08:05 AM

If you own it, it runs, it does what you need it too, you like it, and you guys wish you had one too....that one is the best


Edited by James henry, March 02, 2014 - 08:06 AM.

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Posted March 02, 2014 - 10:07 AM

As much as I like my 2 and 3 cyl Large Frames, I'm going to say that the Bolens 1256 was probably the best all around GT made.

 

It has the 12 horse Wisconsin, which is as good an engine as was ever built.  The 12 Horses is enough to do just about anything you want to do.

 

Foot controlled Hydrostatic and locking differential.

 

Physically small enough to be fairly nimble, but still heavy enough to put all of its power on the ground.

 

Tried and proven tube frame that is stronger than death.

 

A vast array of attachments, all of which are shaft driven.

 

The ONLY things that it lacked were a two speed rear end, and aux hydraulics.


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Posted March 02, 2014 - 10:11 AM

I think the old ones are the best


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Posted March 02, 2014 - 10:13 AM

These threads always make me laugh, obviously we will never come to a consensus since everyone is partial to brands they have or collect

 

The answer is simple BOLENS!!!!! :D :poke: :rolling:


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Posted March 02, 2014 - 10:19 AM

Anything old & Made in USA. I like all of them.
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Posted March 02, 2014 - 11:27 AM

They  don't make a bad GT but I kind of favor the big wheel Cases especially the 446 and 448 with the Onan engines


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Posted March 02, 2014 - 02:34 PM

A free one is the best one.


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Posted March 02, 2014 - 08:34 PM

I've had bad experiences with free tractors though.......  :shoot3:  and have uttered a few bad words at them too lol


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Posted March 02, 2014 - 08:47 PM

You can always sell a free tractor for a profit though


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