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Posted August 24, 2014 - 07:05 PM

I take it the Wizards were sold by MW.

sold thru western auto stores. I have only been able to find one western auto catalog so far with the bolens/wizard tractors in it. An it's just the walk behinds
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Posted August 24, 2014 - 07:07 PM

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Posted August 24, 2014 - 08:25 PM

sold thru western auto stores. I have only been able to find one western auto catalog so far with the bolens/wizard tractors in it. An it's just the walk behinds

I'd like to see that, as I've never found any so far. My Wizard is based on the 12BB model.


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Posted August 24, 2014 - 08:50 PM

I know I've heard of Propulsion Eng Co. If I'm thinking right, they made a unique looking vertical shaft engine that was all aluminum including a cast housing. Seems everything was finned but can't remember for sure. They were on a rotary mower. The Mow-itt sounds familiar too. Brain fade after a week at Portland show. I'm betting these companies are all ones that were bought out by FMC. Similar to the Milwaukee Equip tillers and then they were taken over by FMC. I've seen it listed with and without FMC logo on the tag.


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Posted August 24, 2014 - 08:52 PM

I know I've heard of Propulsion Eng Co. If I'm thinking right, they made a unique looking vertical shaft engine that was all aluminum including a cast housing. Seems everything was finned but can't remember for sure. The Mow-itt sounds familiar too. I'm betting these companies are all ones that were bought out by FMC. Similar to the Milwaukee Eqip tillers and then they were taken over by FMC. I've seen it listed with and without FMC logo on the tag.

 

I think your talking about the "bolens" engine

Thats in this catalog as well and is called the "power Pack"


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Posted August 24, 2014 - 09:04 PM

I think your talking about the "bolens" engine

Thats in this catalog as well and is called the "power Pack

Post a pic and let me see it. If the power pack is what I'm  thinking its not it. This engine wasn't removable from the deck. There was something odd about the deck too. Maybe made of wood? Do you have Alan King's lawn mower book? There might be a listing in there. I don't see mine handy.


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Posted August 24, 2014 - 09:20 PM

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Posted August 24, 2014 - 09:23 PM

I found an ad for power pac engine here:  http://books.google...." mower&f=false

 

It's page 46 if it doesn't come though right. That's not the mower I was thinking about, but.....It is the company. Is that a tin shrould? I remember the shrould was cast aluminum and the muffler was finned, cast aluminum. I was thinking the shrould had some kind of fins too..

 

Notice how the ad doesn't say any thing about FMC? I'll bet if you can find later ads we'll see FMC in the ad.


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Posted August 24, 2014 - 09:34 PM

I believe its one like in my picture, there seemed to be slight variations of these engines.


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Posted August 24, 2014 - 11:12 PM

Here's an ad for a Mowa-matic. It dates 1955.

http://www.bonanza.c...d-50s/146976311

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Posted August 24, 2014 - 11:25 PM

Another ad for the Mowa-Matic. Circa 1950's.

https://www.flickr.c...N00/3240656958/

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Posted August 25, 2014 - 08:01 AM

FMC was a conglomerate that bought out many companies.

 

It appears the Propulsion Engine Company in Doug's link was located in Kansas at that time and sold Mow-Master mowers, which were probably predecessor to the Mowamatic mowers produced and sold under FMC's ownership.

 

As for the re-branded Bolens equipment such as the Wizards and the Titan tiller, maybe FMC made the deal with the outside companies such as Western Auto to sell them re-branded Bolens products, and not the Bolens division????   ....Of course, the Bolens division would have to comply with the wishes of the parent company, whose primary goal was to maximize earnings.

 

Here is a link to a thread showing pics of a Mow-Master rotary mower seen in Pennsylvania last month.

http://www.smokstak....ad.php?t=136733

 

Another question arises:  Were the engines marketed under the Bolens name actually produced by Bolens, or were they produced by the Propulsion Engine Company, and re-branded as Bolens ????


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Posted August 25, 2014 - 09:06 AM

Interesting how the ads show them orange and yellow wheels same as the Wizard......



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Posted August 25, 2014 - 11:19 AM

Bolens walk behind rotary mowers were provided by Mow Master.  Literature I have indicates they were located in South Milwaukee. These early 1950's mowers has the 2 cycle motor used by Mow Master.  At some point FMC must have purchased Mow Master as future Bolens mowers were also painted red and labeled as Mow Master.  I have two identical Bolens riding mowers, one is green, the other is red and says Mow Master on the hood. 

 

During the early 1960's Bolens came out with the first mulching mower.  This mower was gold in color and was referred to as an FMC product. We were told by our factory rep that we should expect to see it sold under a variety of names.  Never happened to the best of my knowledge. 

 

While I have your attention, Bolens sold tractors through Western Auto Stores.  Were orange and called Wizard.  I remember seeing them on the loading dock at the plant in Port Washington.

 

Also, Bolens changed colors frequently.  The Versa Matic models (1953?) were metallic green a big difference from the Power Hoe models.  Ride a Matics came in different shades of metallic green until the switch to gold.  I have a few NOS attachments and various parts in original containers.  Many different shades of green.

 

Thanks

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Posted August 25, 2014 - 11:30 AM

Bolens walk behind rotary mowers were provided by Mow Master.  Literature I have indicates they were located in South Milwaukee. These early 1950's mowers has the 2 cycle motor used by Mow Master.  At some point FMC must have purchased Mow Master as future Bolens mowers were also painted red and labeled as Mow Master.  I have two identical Bolens riding mowers, one is green, the other is red and says Mow Master on the hood. 

 

During the early 1960's Bolens came out with the first mulching mower.  This mower was gold in color and was referred to as an FMC product. We were told by our factory rep that we should expect to see it sold under a variety of names.  Never happened to the best of my knowledge. 

 

While I have your attention, Bolens sold tractors through Western Auto Stores.  Were orange and called Wizard.  I remember seeing them on the loading dock at the plant in Port Washington.

 

Also, Bolens changed colors frequently.  The Versa Matic models (1953?) were metallic green a big difference from the Power Hoe models.  Ride a Matics came in different shades of metallic green until the switch to gold.  I have a few NOS attachments and various parts in original containers.  Many different shades of green.

 

Thanks

Mike. 

 

Did you work for Bolens?

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