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#1 Fryeburg500 OFFLINE  

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Posted May 01, 2014 - 10:31 AM

Hi all! I'm looking at a nice Bolens HT23 with Johnson 14 FEL, rear tiller and hydraulic plow. Tractor looks to be in great shape. Seller has the original front wheels / tires. He says the tractor runs and drives and operates very well. He says it does not have an electric PTO nor a 3 pt hitch. He also says it does not have power steering. Seller has offered it to me for $2500. I was wondering what you experts thought of that price? Any feedback would be most appreciated.


Is it easy enough to add power steering to this tractor? Expensive to do so? Also - how hard to find a 2 stage snowblower?



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Posted May 01, 2014 - 10:47 AM

:wave: Welcome to the forum! Someone will be along to answer your questions.


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Posted May 01, 2014 - 10:57 AM

The loader it's self can sell for $1500 to the rite buyer. That's what I paid for mine years ago. I think it's a fair price for the package. I'm sure some will say it's too much
Power steering can be added IF you can find a nos or used set up. My HT 23 without power steering does ok without it.
2 stage blowers pop up at times but aren't real common.

If I was looking for another HT-23 I'd pay that price without thinking about it. As long as it is what he says.

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Posted May 01, 2014 - 11:01 AM

Welcome to GTT. You can download from our Manuals Section (3 free per day). The only way to know about the machine is to test drive and operate it. Good Luck, Rick

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Posted May 01, 2014 - 11:03 AM

Welcome to GTTalk. It looks to be in good condition. That is something to keep in mind. if it has been well maintained it's going to cost you a lot less in the long run than a tractor that is in poor condition.


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Posted May 01, 2014 - 11:05 AM

Also they never had or offered or offered a electric PTO. Most attachments offered were shaft driven, either front or rear.

Cat 0 3 point hitches can be bought. I've seen new ones for sale. Not cheap but they are available. Used ones pop up once in a while too.

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Posted May 01, 2014 - 11:35 AM

The pto on that tractor is mechanical. Look to see that it is there. The spline shaft will be sticking out of the front axle just below the bottom of the hood. The spline shaft goes both towards the front and the other end points towards the back. If the frames are not cracked just below the engine and the loader is in good working order the price is not too bad. Just look it over well and make sure it was not abused too much with that loader on it. 

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Posted May 01, 2014 - 02:05 PM

Loaders seem to put extra stress on every part of these little tractors.

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Posted May 01, 2014 - 06:05 PM

Looks like the hydraulic levers has been reworked and who knows what else. I see the dash is busted most HT23 dash are like that now adays.   What its worth is what your willing to pay in my book I would not pay that much because I never have for any of my stuff and I have some nice units.    $1500 is top price for a very nice loader in great shape then is the tractor worth $1000 I say no Its not a 2389s with cruise, power steering, and hydraulic cooler.  

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Posted May 01, 2014 - 06:22 PM

HT23 tractors are not that common in Maine (I grew up there, which is how I have an opinion about that.) Like Ken said, as a package deal and providing the tractor has not been abused and the loader works as it should, $2500 is a reasonable price.
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Posted May 01, 2014 - 08:02 PM

Gotta agree with Ken and LP,as a package deal thats a fair price

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Posted May 01, 2014 - 08:34 PM

then is the tractor worth $1000 I say no Its not a 2389s with cruise, power steering, and hydraulic cooler.  

You somehow missed the tiller and front blade.


Figure $250.00 for the tiller, $150.00 for the blade, and that brings to cost of the tractor to $600.00.


Sounds like a very decent priced package.

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Posted May 01, 2014 - 10:43 PM

To me the loader control valve looks like it is one that can control both the lift and tilt cylinders. Personally I think that would be a better setup then the stock two control levers.

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Posted May 02, 2014 - 04:36 AM

I have o opinion on the value of the unit other than it appears to be a nice package to someone who knows nothing about Bolens,
I just wanted to stop in to say :welcome: and mention that those appear to be Massey wheel weights. :anyone:

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Posted May 02, 2014 - 07:57 AM

I think that is a decent package deal as well. Also, the controls on the loader would probably be more convenient with a single lever (I've used plenty of both and prefer the single joystick). I realize it is an earlier model HT23 without all the extra's (cruise, power steering, cooler) - but that shouldn't matter a bunch with value. As long as it's all original and taken care of I wouldn't have a problem spending that much. You probably won't find to many garden tractors with loaders that'll go for that price, and if you do - they won't be as heavily built as the HT23.


Good luck on your decision. 



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