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#1 TAHOE ONLINE  

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Posted May 19, 2014 - 10:03 AM

Over the years, I've driven up our road and about a mile up from me was a guy who had two larger GT's, never thought about them until the last couple years I've gotten into GT's. I realized they were some type of Bolens models, big ones at that. I always wanted to stop, but never convenient. Sooooo, yesterday, I was out, the guy was out washing one of them so I stopped and talked. We chatted for 10-15 mins, ended up he owns both a HT20 and HT23, man they are massive. He said he owned Sears Suburbans for a few years, wore out 4 before his GT mechanic recommended Bolens, his first was a G14 which he said he wore it out. He then got the HT20 and 3-4 yrs ago the 23, both hydro.

The 23 has a massive deck and rear tiller ( he only uses to till up and reseed grass) and that 23Hp kohler is massive. The 20,  he only uses in winter for snow plowing, it has Goodyear Terras.

It was good visit, well kind of......

 

Now I want one!!!!! :wallbanging:  :smilewink:

 


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Posted May 19, 2014 - 12:11 PM

No pics?  I love finding people close that share the GT love.


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Posted May 19, 2014 - 01:03 PM

No pics?  I love finding people close that shave the GT love.

 

Nope, didn't get any pics. The 20 was pretty clean, the 23 had a lot of dust from grass cutting all over under neath. Even he said it was pretty dirty and needed cleaning.



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Posted May 19, 2014 - 01:15 PM

It sounds like you need to go back and find out where he got his.  

 

I wish you luck and I'm glad you found a neighbor with a close interest.



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Posted May 19, 2014 - 02:55 PM

Once you've tried a Bolens Large Frame, the other GTs seem like toys. They used to call these larger garden tractors, "Estate Tractors". Bigger is better. Good Luck, Rick



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Posted May 19, 2014 - 04:31 PM

Do those HTs have power steering?



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Posted May 19, 2014 - 04:56 PM

Marty, good to hear that there is another GT nut on the street.
Now when you need an odd wrench, you know where to go. :rolling:

Oh, and don't forget to ask if he has any sears implements left.

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Posted May 19, 2014 - 05:39 PM

... Now I want one!!!!! :wallbanging:  :smilewink:

 

:rolling: That will happen when you get introduced to the LF Bolens.  Especially the 2 cylinder ones like the 1886 and the HT series.

 

When I went to the WPGTA plow day last Nov. a couple of folks that had never seen a Bolens Large Frame commented on how big and well built and strong looking the HDT (basically a re-engined HT23) was.

 

A strong argument could be made that the 1886, HT18, HT20 and HT23 were the best Gts ever built.

 

I remember when I had all tube frames, and heard the guys bragging on the Large Frames. I was skeptical until I got my first 1886. I changed my mind real quick  :D :D :D



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Posted May 19, 2014 - 05:43 PM

Do those HTs have power steering?

 

 

It could be added.  it was not factory till the HT23 2389s came out in 1984.


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Posted May 19, 2014 - 07:41 PM

It could be added.  it was not factory till the HT23 2389s came out in 1984.

PS is a big bonus in a tractor that size, especially if you want to add a loader. 


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Posted May 19, 2014 - 07:48 PM

PS is a big bonus in a tractor that size, especially if you want to add a loader. 

 

 

I run a loader on my 1886-03 without power steering I am really never in a need for it.  But I do have 3 NOS power steering units if I ever like to add it.


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Posted May 20, 2014 - 07:59 AM

I'm not sure this guy is a fanatic like us, he just knows he has two great tractors. I just had to stop and see what they were.

I am not sure if either had PS, I did see the hydro ports on the front of the 23 and he said he would never own another gear driven tractor.

I know the front tires on the 23 were as big as the ones on the back of my little Craftsman LT, they looked huge. I thought the tires on the front of my MF1855 looked big.

 

Alan, his Sears were long gone, he's had these Bolens for 20+ yrs now and he didn't look like a pack rat type of guy ....like me!

He said he got the 20 back in the Late 90's, PO had just put on brand new GY Terras and I think he said he has only owned the.

23 for the last 3-4 yrs. He did say his 23- Kohler was rebuilt 3 yrs ago.

 

 

Maybe if I ever get my huge list of tractors running and a couple restored I will look into one of these. They are definitely in the same playing field as my Massey, but with more a little more umph.






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