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#1 Rock farmer ONLINE  

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Posted July 20, 2014 - 07:21 PM

So, I agreed to a deal to buy a couple of HT 23's today.
Both need engine work.
But, I'm getting them cheap enough. And, I'm getting a bunch of extras as well.
I'm new to Bolens. But I think the large frame may be the best out there for the money.
I have a Jacobsen with a good running 20 horse.
I could just shift that into a Bolens I suppose.
I can't get any attachments for the Jacobsen.
It will be two weeks before I pick them up.
Both tractors are the earlier HT 23's without power steering or cruise control or hydro coolers.
I'm both happy and anxious. Don't know if I'm getting a deal or a bunch of scrap metal!
I know I'll learn a lot about Bolens large frames though!
Wish me luck!

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Posted July 20, 2014 - 07:28 PM

One has a full 3 point on it thats already a plus...


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Posted July 20, 2014 - 07:52 PM

Not to mention that at least one of them has the original muffler, and I see a set of wheel weights there as well.


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Posted July 20, 2014 - 07:55 PM

Jeez, I wonder why he's getting rid of them.......


Hahahahahahahaha Orange Power!
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Posted July 20, 2014 - 08:08 PM

I'm thinking I bought a three point hitch and a set of wheel weights!
I'm buying them from the owners grandson.
I think his grandfather owned the first one since about new.
When it got worn out, he found a running machine, and bought it.
He was blowing snow with it last winter,
when the governor spring let go and the engine over rev'ed blowing a connecting rod.
He went out and bought a Kabota BX series.
I'm getting most all his attachments from both machines.
Except the snow lowers. He thinks he can adapt them to the Kabota?

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Posted July 20, 2014 - 08:13 PM

Nice find,your going to like the 23's,they were the best of the large frames in my opion,if your looking for a 2 stage snowblower and want to drive to Pa I'm going to have one NEW in the crate and a used one for sale,pm me for prices,Rick


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Posted July 21, 2014 - 05:47 AM

Ask him to give you right of first refusal on the blower if he decides not to use it. There is a 50 percent chance that the new tractor PTO turns the wrong way for the blower. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted July 21, 2014 - 06:01 AM

... they were the best of the large frames  ...

 

2nd best *cough* *cough*  :D :D :D


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Posted July 21, 2014 - 06:12 AM

Ask him to give you right of first refusal on the blower if he decides not to use it. There is a 50 percent chance that the new tractor PTO turns the wrong way for the blower. Good Luck, Rick


Oh, I will!
I think when the first snow flys, he'll be back at the Kabota dealer buying a snowblower!
Can't imagine it would be worth the work to even try to make that blower work on a BX!

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Posted July 21, 2014 - 11:00 AM

Sorry OB


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Posted July 21, 2014 - 02:09 PM

Nice find,your going to like the 23's,they were the best of the large frames in my opion,if your looking for a 2 stage snowblower and want to drive to Pa I'm going to have one NEW in the crate and a used one for sale,pm me for prices,Rick

2nd best *cough* *cough*  :D :D :D

Actually, I'm thinking I'm getting the third best!
I'd put the diesel large frame first. Then the 2389s.
What I'm getting is two copies. Of the 2389.
The earlier model, when power steering, cruise control and the hydro cooler were options.
These don't seem to have those options.
But, I guess I have to start somewhere!

Joe
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Posted July 21, 2014 - 05:38 PM

Sorry but I will stick to my 1886's but I will add a HT23 sooner or later.


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Posted July 21, 2014 - 07:51 PM

Sorry but I will stick to my 1886's but I will add a HT23 sooner or later.

Sorry! I don't mean to knock the 1886!
I'll probably will have one of those too.
Just figured I'd start my Bolens collection with the latest.
And, go from there.

Joe
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Posted July 21, 2014 - 07:57 PM

Sorry! I don't mean to knock the 1886!
I'll probably will have one of those too.
Just figured I'd start my Bolens collection with the latest.
And, go from there.

Joe

 

Your not knocking the 1886 I just ment I like them the most out of the large frames. 


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Posted July 21, 2014 - 07:58 PM

I'd place them in order as HDT1000 (2388 & 2388S), HT23 (2389 & 2389S), and HT20D/HT22 (2289/2288).

 

I'm thinking that the 2389 and 2389S are pretty much equal.  Yeah, the PS, Cruise, and Aux Cooler on the 2389S are nice, but those were available as options for the 2389.

 

I'd put the 2289 and 2288 in third place. Even though they are diesels, they did have some reliability issues with the Wisconsin/Ducati engines.


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