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#91 LilysDad ONLINE  

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Posted November 25, 2012 - 08:01 PM

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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,


I believe that a Bolens tractor qualifies as a "swiveling office chair". I'm not trying to make an arguement, jus' sayin'.

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Posted November 25, 2012 - 09:26 PM

Its ok i'll fix it.


^^if this did not happen we would not have Bolens, its saids the company roots go back to 1850 not the company it self.



Let's hold that thought......and take another look at the first sentence in the article.

"Founded in 1850, Bolens has grown to become the most respected name in outdoor power equipment."

Now, if you didn't know anything about Bolens, wouldn't this lead you to believe that Bolens had actually been in business since 1850? Sorry, I stick by my statement that it is stretching the truth. Now on to the second sentence.

"Milestones in the Bolens heritage include the introduction, in 1919, of the first power driven garden tractor."

That one's a tough call between stretching the truth and an outright lie. I CAN prove that wrong.

But... here's another thought, You don't see those kind of boasts in their early advertising. I wonder if that was to make them look more on par with the big name companies like JD and IHC that actually had legitimate ties back that far?

"The dateing on bolens history is very vague in it self."

Now that's a statement I'll agree with! Maybe we should start a different thread about the early history and pool our info? I've been trying to find the ties between Beeman and Bolens and the actual time frames. I think if Beeman hadn't come along, we'd be sitting in Bolens chairs.

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Posted November 25, 2012 - 10:01 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.


That wasn't a Utilitor. You may have seen this because it shows a couple downloads already. Thought I had posted it before but couldn't find it.
http://gardentractor.../3932-utilitor/

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Posted November 26, 2012 - 01:54 AM

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

I'm going to say more around 1945...maybe(IMO). Looking at the pics of the Power-Ho the engine has a cast iron housing for the gear reduction and an older style gas tank, just like the one I have with a serial number of 46100315. One of the other ones I have has a serial number of 46104993 and the engine dates to Oct 1946. The owners manual for Power-Ho's (model 12A in the manual section) is for 46100651 - H-0100 up and at the bottom of the first page it has "Bolens Products Division Food Machinery and Chemical Corporation". The brochure in this thread says nothing about FMC on it, cause didn't FMC buyout/merge with Bolens in 1946?

Edited by Nato77, November 26, 2012 - 01:55 AM.


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Posted November 26, 2012 - 05:29 AM

Jerome,very interesting.Thanks for posting this.
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Posted November 26, 2012 - 05:39 AM

"Bolens Products Division Food Machinery and Chemical Corporation". The brochure in this thread says nothing about FMC on it, cause didn't FMC buyout/merge with Bolens in 1946?


FMC (Food Machinery & Chemical Cooperation) Bought them them 1946
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Posted November 26, 2012 - 08:02 AM

Regardless of how long the company had been around, they built some very nice machines (I wish there were more of them around here!) and I would be glad to have a "real" Bolens!

Thanks for the historical literature!
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Posted November 30, 2012 - 01:46 PM

I passed through Port Washington in 2006. I started at the Visitor's Center and was told these buildings were previously the Bolens factory.

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Posted November 30, 2012 - 01:56 PM

Wow thanks for the pictures!

But I just about fell off my chair when I saw that JD mowing on Bolens Territory.
I think that should be illegall! Posted Image
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Posted November 30, 2012 - 02:08 PM

Wow thanks for the pictures!

But I just about fell off my chair when I saw that JD mowing on Bolens Territory.
I think that should be illegall! Posted Image




Ditto on both accounts.
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Posted November 30, 2012 - 05:51 PM

Wow thanks for the pictures!

But I just about fell off my chair when I saw that JD mowing on Bolens Territory.
I think that should be illegall! Posted Image

Yes, it is more than just a little ironic that the JD was mowing the Bolens tractor factory lawn.
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Posted November 30, 2012 - 06:00 PM

Yes, it is more than just a little ironic that the JD was mowing the Bolens tractor factory lawn.


Thanks for the pics.
How much of the factory was still in use when you were there?

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Posted December 01, 2012 - 07:42 PM

Thanks for starting the thread Jerome. It was a nice trip back in time. It was also great to see updated pics of the plant.
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Posted December 02, 2012 - 09:48 AM

Wow thanks for the pictures!

But I just about fell off my chair when I saw that JD mowing on Bolens Territory.
I think that should be illegall! Posted Image


That was exactly what I thought when I saw that picture....

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Posted December 19, 2012 - 12:12 AM

These guys are in the south plant.

http://www.americanrotary.com/




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