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#1 Bolens 1000 ONLINE  

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Posted August 24, 2014 - 05:27 PM

A couple weeks ago I got a new binder from FMC's Propulsion Engine Cooperation.

I have never heard of this company before so I just had to buy the binder.

In it are Bolens made units but badged with names like "Levitt" "Mow-master" ect.

The parts breakdown uses the Bolens part numbers though just different branding.

 

Has anyone seen any of these before? Seems like this was just  some wierd side project FMC had going just for the heck of it?? :D

I dont know why they would have different branded items while Bolens was at the top of the line in quality and Name recognition then .......

 

They also came out with some new never seen before models so now I have to try and find one of these now! :wallbanging:

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Posted August 24, 2014 - 05:29 PM

New one on me, please keep us updated on your finding, if i come across anything regarding PEC i will let you know.


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Posted August 24, 2014 - 05:34 PM

A member on here just sold a very nice mow-a matic at Portland this week was badged fmc
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Posted August 24, 2014 - 05:39 PM

Why did you have to tell me that! Now I'm sick that I missed out! :wallbanging: :( :poke:

Well atleast we know there's a couple still kicking :D

 

Did you get pics?


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Posted August 24, 2014 - 05:50 PM

No cause I had already seen it before I sort of regret not buying it was only $100 I already spent more than I should have on other stuff this week.
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Posted August 24, 2014 - 06:01 PM

Looks like it was from the early 60s. Probably they were looking at lower end line of products. The marketing guys are always trying to justify their existance. Should be an interesting addition to a Bolens collection. What are the dates on the publications? Good Luck, Rick 


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Posted August 24, 2014 - 06:01 PM

I've always been confused with Bolens stuff!


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Posted August 24, 2014 - 06:23 PM

I've always been confused with Bolens stuff!

 

I hear that, Kenny.  It is a confusing company.  That's why we have the good Dr., Jerome, gunstuff, and all their cronies to explain it all.

 

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Posted August 24, 2014 - 06:24 PM

It never ends does it? Nice find.


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Posted August 24, 2014 - 06:24 PM

very interesting thread. I wonder if this is how Western Auto got there Bolens clones, sold under the Wizard brand name. Cant really see Bolens setting up and different production line, painting stuff orange, and selling outdated models. But if you already had an company setup to take your left overs, you could do all sorts of things.


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Posted August 24, 2014 - 06:28 PM

very interesting thread. I wonder if this is how Western Auto got there Bolens clones, sold under the Wizard brand name. Cant really see Bolens setting up and different production line, painting stuff orange, and selling outdated models. But if you already had an company setup to take your left overs, you could do all sorts of things.

Makes sense. Look at the Wizard here http://gardentractor...ow-at-portland/  . Good Luck, Rick


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Posted August 24, 2014 - 06:37 PM

sort of regret not buying it was only $100

 

:poke:  :bigrofl:  :bigrofl:


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Posted August 24, 2014 - 06:39 PM

The wizard tractor were put together by left over bolens parts they never used the kohler engine found in the bolens rideamatic they used Clinton engines mostly in the wizard tractors an they were always made after the production run of the similar bolens model. I'm also pretty sure they were only a few made compared to their bolens counterpart I have never been able to purchase a wizard tractor I guess I compelled missed the one that Bob got yesterday but very glad he saved it an will get it back to it's former glory!
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Posted August 24, 2014 - 06:49 PM

The wizard tractor were put together by left over bolens parts they never used the kohler engine found in the bolens rideamatic they used Clinton engines mostly in the wizard tractors an they were always made after the production run of the similar bolens model. I'm also pretty sure they were only a few made compared to their bolens counterpart I have never been able to purchase a wizard tractor I guess I compelled missed the one that Bob got yesterday but very glad he saved it an will get it back to it's former glory!

I take it the Wizards were sold by MW.


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Posted August 24, 2014 - 07:00 PM

More Bizarre named things!

 

Another complete Bolens Reel re-badged as a Levitt :wtf:

Made right in Port Washington probably in the same factory !

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