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Posted November 25, 2012 - 03:27 PM

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:


The south plant has someone in it now the south building is the newer building.

Edited by wilberj, November 25, 2012 - 03:28 PM.

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Posted November 25, 2012 - 03:27 PM

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



Very Nice!
So... want to scan it and send me a copy??? :D

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Posted November 25, 2012 - 03:29 PM

Very Nice!
So... want to scan it and send me a copy??? :D


<no scaner. :(

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Posted November 25, 2012 - 03:30 PM

<no scaner. :(


Pictures would work too! :D

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Posted November 25, 2012 - 03:34 PM

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:


Doesn't sound like any exaggeration to me.


1967.

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Posted November 25, 2012 - 03:52 PM

Pictures would work too! :D



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Posted November 25, 2012 - 04:04 PM

Thank You! :thank_you:


Hopefully someday I will find one of those Hi Boys, I always liked their uniqueness and features.

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Posted November 25, 2012 - 04:06 PM

Thank You! :thank_you:


Hopefully someday I will find one of those Hi Boys, I like its uniqueness and features.


Opps sorry for the sideway pics.

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Posted November 25, 2012 - 04:06 PM

Opps sorry for the sideway pics.


Its ok :D
I'm going to print the pages and make a packet

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Posted November 25, 2012 - 04:39 PM

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... 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. ...

Thanks for supporting my arguement, OB. Notice that Bolens wasn't even involved with the company until the 1890's. Take 40 years off the top to start, now we're down to 76 yrs. Now, note that it claims the Bolens name to not be used until after 1914. There's another 24 yrs so now we're down to 52 yrs. Does anybody have anything showing the Bolens brand from 14-20? I'd be interested in seeing it. I highly doubt your going to find anything tractor wise from Bolens until 21. I rest my case!
Maybe I shouldn't quit so soon. The claim to the first riding tractor in 47. That may have been Bolen's first riding tractor but definately wasn't the first overall. Speedex tried to claim that award in 36 but Utilitor was advertising a riding tractor in 22. like I said, there's a lot of truth stretching in the article.

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Posted November 25, 2012 - 05:08 PM

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... 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. ...

Thanks for supporting my arguement, OB. Notice that Bolens wasn't even involved with the company until the 1890's. Take 40 years off the top to start, now we're down to 76 yrs. Now, note that it claims the Bolens name to not be used until after 1914. There's another 24 yrs so now we're down to 52 yrs. Does anybody have anything showing the Bolens brand from 14-20? I'd be interested in seeing it. I highly doubt your going to find anything tractor wise from Bolens until 21. I rest my case!
Maybe I shouldn't quit so soon. The claim to the first riding tractor in 47. That may have been Bolen's first riding tractor but definately wasn't the first overall. Speedex tried to claim that award in 36 but Utilitor was advertising a riding tractor in 22. like I said, there's a lot of truth stretching in the article.


I dont think the original article was referring to Garden tractors tracing back to 1850 but the Gilson/Bolens early Heritage roots in general.
The First Tractor Bolens had a hand in making was sold under the "Beeman tractor company" name in 1919 in which 7000 units were produced.
The First Tractor to feature the Bolens name was in 1921.

Do you have any documentation to back up that Bolens/FMC wasnt the first to develop/ sell a Compact riding tractor?

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Posted November 25, 2012 - 05:24 PM

Did some research on those "Utilitor" tractors and only pic I could find of a 4 wheel one was this http://www.google.co...9,r:7,s:0,i:108

If this was their 1st 4 wheel tractor I dont think it would classify as a Compact riding tractor. Bolens claim to fame was they made a compact (Smaller) easy to maneuver 4 wheel tractor that set themselves apart from the bulky hard to maneuver tractors.

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Posted November 25, 2012 - 05:26 PM

Sorry Jerome, I think we hijacked your thread ! :hitting_self_roller:

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Posted November 25, 2012 - 05:34 PM

Sorry Jerome, I think we hijacked your thread ! :hitting_self_roller:


Its ok i'll fix it.

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.

^^if this did not happen we would not have Bolens, its saids the company roots go back to 1850 not the company it self.
The dateing on bolens history is very vague in it self.

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Posted November 25, 2012 - 05:48 PM

Its ok i'll fix it.

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.

^^if this did not happen we would not have Bolens, its saids the company roots go back to 1850 not the company it self.
The dateing on bolens history is very vague in it self.


My Papers I have back that up as well
In the early years Plows, threshing rigs, horse drawn equipment were manufactured.




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