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Posted July 16, 2012 - 07:35 PM

Link dosent seem to work...


Fixed....
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Posted July 16, 2012 - 10:00 PM

just checks the milwaukee archives and the is A BUNCH of stuff
http://www.jsonline....C&s.x=16&s.y=18
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Posted July 17, 2012 - 06:12 AM

http://www.dickmanre...com/properties/

Try that and look up (park) the factory should come up.


So... Are we going to do a group buy???
Just think of all the storage for our tractors :D
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Posted July 17, 2012 - 06:24 AM

Yeah, I'm a fan of the husky man myself, but My favorite are the "round hood" Models 600,800,900,1000

I like the brown, white, Red.

I have to agree with you there. Love this style better.

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Posted November 25, 2012 - 01:43 PM

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Posted November 25, 2012 - 01:44 PM

More to come If I find more pics in my books

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Posted November 25, 2012 - 02:19 PM

It's nice to see the way they were made.- By hand - no robots involved. They have stood the test of time!
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Posted November 25, 2012 - 02:29 PM

Very interesting stuff! Thanks for sharing :thumbs: Its always nice to know the history of something you have.
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Posted November 25, 2012 - 02:48 PM

I have seen these pics out of the 68'and 69' Brochures but have never seen the factory pic with the yellow border.
I assume its from around the 50's or older as they refer to the tractors as "Huski"
Is it just a single page or more?

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Posted November 25, 2012 - 02:55 PM

I'd say there sure is a BIG stretch of the imagination in the article, Heritage spans 116 years! Nothing like a little truth fudging on a lot of levels.

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Posted November 25, 2012 - 03:03 PM

I'd say there sure is a BIG stretch of the imagination in the article, Heritage spans 116 years! Nothing like a little truth fudging on a lot of levels.


Its not an error... If you take 1968 (when this brochure was made) and subtract it from 1850 when Bolens began producing products it comes out to be 118 years.
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Posted November 25, 2012 - 03:09 PM

What happened to the factory when MTD acquired them?

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Posted November 25, 2012 - 03:11 PM

I'd say there sure is a BIG stretch of the imagination in the article, Heritage spans 116 years! Nothing like a little truth fudging on a lot of levels.


I'm assuming that the article was published in 1968 to get the 118 yr history.

Here's a link to an article on a bolens walk behind;
http://www.wisconsin...ives/002236.asp

In part it says:

... The company’s roots go back to 1850, when an immigrant from Luxembourg named Theodore Gilson established a foundry in Port Washington to manufacture agricultural equipment. The company grew and added other products, most notably hardware for swiveling office chairs developed by Theodore’s son, John. An early investor in office chair production in the 1890s was Harry Wilbur Bolens, a newspaper editor and inventor who became secretary and sales manager for the Gilson company. Harry Bolens became president of the company in 1909, finally buying it outright in 1914. The "Bolens" brand name began appearing on Gilson equipment shortly thereafter. Bolens changed the firm’s name to the Gilson Bolens Co. in 1928 and to the Bolens Manufacturing Co. in 1939. ...


Doesn't sound like any exaggeration to me.

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Posted November 25, 2012 - 03:12 PM

What happened to the factory when MTD acquired them?


The factory is still in existence and has been vacant for quite some time.
Gardenway acquired them before MTD and they were the ones that put them under by destroying all the tooling and castings...and go figure they went bankrupt soon after they stopped selling the great Bolens line of equipment :hitting_self_roller:
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Posted November 25, 2012 - 03:25 PM

I have seen these pics out of the 68'and 69' Brochures but have never seen the factory pic with the yellow border.
I assume its from around the 50's or older as they refer to the tractors as "Huski"
Is it just a single page or more?


Its a book from the late 40s with the walk behinds in it.
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