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Poll: Vote now for Featured Tractor for July 2014! (108 member(s) have cast votes)

Vote now for Featured Tractor for July 2014

  1. John Deere 210 - WHdbJD (9 votes [8.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.33%

  2. Bolens Estate Keeper - Bolens 1000 (17 votes [15.74%])

    Percentage of vote: 15.74%

  3. Wheel Horse 857 - CRFarnsworth (12 votes [11.11%])

    Percentage of vote: 11.11%

  4. John Deere 140 - propane1 (13 votes [12.04%])

    Percentage of vote: 12.04%

  5. Cub Cadet 1650 - zippy1 (26 votes [24.07%])

    Percentage of vote: 24.07%

  6. Bolens HT23 - BTS (8 votes [7.41%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.41%

  7. Bolens 1477 - sodisr (23 votes [21.30%])

    Percentage of vote: 21.30%




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Posted June 03, 2014 - 07:52 PM

Voting for GTtalk Featured Tractor of the Month for the month of July 2014 has now officially started. This month's theme is "Lawn Motoring".

The winner will be featured on the GTtalk Home Page for the entire month of ________ and in our Featured Tractor Section for infinity. 

We have 7 nominations this month. Let the Voting Begin!

  • John Deere 210 - WHdbJD
  • Bolens Estate Keeper - Bolens 1000
  • Wheel Horse 857 - CRFarnsworth
  • John Deere 140 - propane1
  • Cub Cadet 1650 - zippy1
  • Bolens HT23 - BTS
  • Bolens 1477 - sodisr

Before voting please be sure to check out all the entries in the posts below.

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Posted June 10, 2014 - 07:08 PM

Here's my grandson Jon Jr.  learning to mow on my 1978 John Deere model 210


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My other tractors were too large for him , so I picked this one up

at an estate auction.  I brought it home and changed the engine oil,

drained and refilled the transaxle and put new belts on it.


I replaced the wobbly hubs and switched the ags to turf tires. 

The paint is all original and the only modification I did was

block the clutch pedal so Jr. could reach it easier. 


It's not a rare tractor , but it's a fun way for grandson and me

to spend an afternoon.


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Posted June 11, 2014 - 06:40 PM

Since no one is nominating anything I'll step in and nominate my 67' Bolens Estate Keeper  (EK10)


I've owned this tractor for about 3 years now. I originally picked this machine up at an auction in PA. The tractor was in half when I bought it since the guys who were moving the items around thought it would be a good idea to pick it up with a forklift instead of pull it in place :wallbanging: Needless to say the carelessness of the operator caused the center pivot to crack and the tractor split in 2, I guess it was not all bad though as I got it for a good price :D.


Since I bought it I have used it as my designated mower in the summer and it also does snow duty in the winter. I went through the engine and gave it a new set of rings and lapped the valves.

In my opinion these tractors were the best mowing machines Bolens built due to the attachment being in front of you so the wheels dont have a chance at knocking the grass down before it gets cut. The center pivot steering is also a nice feature for tight turns.

I have both the 42'' Rotary Mower and the 30'' Reel attachment for this tractor but lately have been using the reel attachment for mowing as I like the clean cut and stripes in the lawn :D


She's not the prettiest but it gets the job done!

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Posted June 11, 2014 - 08:09 PM

I would like to nominate my 1967 Wheel Horse 857.


I bought this little tractor about a year and a half ago.  It has been in line to be refurbished along with others and is patienitly waiting its turn.  I have been using this tractor as back-up for my big mower. And the grand kids like this one also.  Just today it came to my rescue when the big mower wouldn't restart.  I checked the tires, oil, and gas.  She fired right up and went to work!  I mowed my yard and the neighbor lady"s yard also.  The last time it had been used was last fall, when it was mulching leaves.


It is model T-857   Serial number 336508

It has an eight horse Kohler that has been rebuilt and painted. 

A three speed transmission.

A 32"rear discharge deck.

Other than the steering wheel I believe it is all original.


As I stated this tractor came to my rescue this very day.  And deserves a place in the spotlight.     Thanks Rick



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Posted June 12, 2014 - 04:54 PM

  I will put mine in. I have a 1970 John Deere 140. I cut grass with it every week. Some times up to 3 acres. The guy I bought it from was using it to cut about the same amount of grass as I do. He replaced it with a Gravely, front mount deck with the two wheels together at the back that steered it, don't know the model, any way, the John Deere sat in his garage for a year or so.

  So I was looking to get a different color tractor for my collection. John Deere, Cub Cadet, Case or Allis Chalmers. I saw this 140 on the Internet and looked at the picture for a few weeks, I didn't seem interested in it, then one day I enlarged the picture and saw the three levers on it. Did some research on it and then realized it had front hydraulic ports. So the wheel started turning then on how I could use the hydraulics. I went to look at it and bought it. Have not seen another one here in PEI.  So I am the third owner. First person bought it new in PEI 1970, owned it until 1977. The second owner had it from 1977 to 2012. I bought it 2012 until present.  The second owner told me he had rebuilt the deck, and I said thats great, what did you replace, he looked at me and said , the deck ! I said oh ? He said the deck had rusted out , so he took measurement of it and made a new deck and put all of the parts of the old one on to this one. The deck was made in two pieces then welded together and the metal he used was an old furnace oil tank. I was amazed.  The deck cuts as nice as any tractor. Hardly any thing left on the dull old blades. I tried sharping them once. Any way, its a great old tractor and got a service manual with it too.  Thanks for looking, Noel 


Never did any thing with the hydraulics yet.         

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Posted June 14, 2014 - 08:37 PM

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Posted June 14, 2014 - 10:58 PM

I would like to nominate my Bolens HT23 (not sure of the year).

First off, this was mowing great until the pulley went out on the gear box, that is why the mower deck isn't hooked up.
I just set it all in place for the pictures because I didn't want to go through the trouble of hooking it up.


I bought this Bolens a month or two ago, it was not running and the engine was lightly stuck.

I got the engine loosened up, replaced the starter, rebuilt the carburetor, rebuilt the gear box on the mower deck and also replaced the dash (original one was plastic and was broke out). It's now running nice and smooth with no smoke or any other issues.

This is the first Bolens that I have had, so far I really like on how stout it is, (they sure don't make them like this anymore)

I have spent many hours working on it and I have enjoyed every second.
Can't wait to get the bugs worked out of it and get it mowing again.

Also in a couple of the pictures is my Kubota L2000 with 60" finish mower, right now it's doing all the mowing until the Bolens is fixed.

I would like to get a 3-pt set up on the Bolens, I also have a front mount blade off of a John Deere 140 that I would like to get modified to fit on there and I also have a Hustler snow blower that I am also going to put on it.


I took the second to last picture right before the pulley went out, just to prove it was mowing! :thumbs:

Last picture is when I brought it home


Thanks :wave:

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Posted June 17, 2014 - 09:12 AM

bolens10.JPG bolens9.JPG bolens11.JPG bolens12.JPG cabin 11bolens3.jpg cabin 12bolens2.jpg O K   I'll nominate my Bolens 1477


It's a 1973  Bolens large frame,, with a 14hp wisconsin engine.. I'm quite  sure it is close to original ..I bought it from a guy that only used it for plowing snow,so it had not seen much dirt, mud or grass.Thou it had seen some salt at times..   I paid  $ 400.00  for it about 10 years ago..It came with a 48" mower deck,,,a Briney plow that was never used,,and I think a 60" front blade..It has wheel weights and chains.. original seat, It had some surface rust when bought, but not bad.. I used comet and water to clean it up but the rust kept coming back.. So a paint job was in order..


 I use it primarily to mow about 2--3 acres on my land up in La Crosse  Wi.  and I leave it there year around..It gets tarped up when not in use..The mice seem to love that.!!  so that is always a chore before mowing .. The land is basicly all scabin 14bolens4.jpg cabin 15 bolens.jpg and and I have to keep the filters in check all the time.. The engine is a little tired but runs good and the only time it has been tore down was to put a head gasket on..The  P O  kept extensive records of everything and i'm trying to do the same..


 I have rebuilt the mower deck 2 times now ,,once cause it was due,,the other the wife ran over a 4" stump and destroyed the belt and spindle.. She gets most of the seat time and I get to do the trimming with the push mower.. :mad2:   That's OK,,,She enjoys it...


That's all I can  think of so enjoy !!!

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Posted June 22, 2014 - 06:52 AM

Some nice tractors here again this month. Time to vote! 

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Posted June 22, 2014 - 01:06 PM

A 3-way tie at this point!  Might be a tight competition!  

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Posted June 23, 2014 - 12:42 PM

A 3-way tie at this point!  Might be a tight competition!  

Bolens and Cub Cadet ! A real classic contest!



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Posted July 02, 2014 - 07:10 PM

Winner has been posted to the homepage here: http://gardentractor...-july-2014-r178

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