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#1 cjs8410 OFFLINE  

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Posted August 25, 2014 - 06:56 PM

I was given this when I was 16 (23 now), and I'm the farthest it gets to being a farmer. I don't know what I am looking at, and if its considered a gem or just the same old same old. Let me know what everyone thinks, I'd love to learn more. Maybe with some restoration I'll see if I have a "green thumb".

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  • Bolens Gravel.jpg
  • Bolens Wagon.jpg
  • Box of Parts.jpg
  • Empty Part Package.jpg
  • Gang mower Center Blade.jpg
  • Gang Mower Left Right Blade.jpg
  • Gravel Roller Part Plate.jpg
  • Kohler Engine Plate.jpg
  • Kohler Engine.jpg

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Posted August 25, 2014 - 07:04 PM

Welcome to the Forum!


You have inherited some great equipment that has never been hacked and looks to have never been left outside before.

What are your plans for the stuff?

There's some great Bolens people here so if you have any questions feel free to ask!

BTW, I have first dibs on anything if you want to sell ! :D

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Posted August 25, 2014 - 07:11 PM

Brian, let him breath a bit, lol, i know how you feel though :thumbs: , our Bolens collectors truly love the tractors and attachments, they will be able to help you in anything Bolens, anything ! just ask away.


Welcome to the fourm, you have a very nice tractor and some nice attachments, everything looks to be in good shape :D .

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Posted August 25, 2014 - 07:19 PM

Looks like a pretty original Ride-a-matic, 1958 I think. In the cardboard box are rear axle/reduction gear parts.

Nice cart, and reel mowers too.

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Posted August 25, 2014 - 07:29 PM

Welcome to the forum, too.

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Posted August 25, 2014 - 07:29 PM

Oops, not sure how that happened.

Edited by Kfs35, August 25, 2014 - 07:30 PM.

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Posted August 25, 2014 - 07:44 PM

welcome... looks like some nice gems to me im not much of a ride a matic guy but i kinda like the early models and yours looks to be a great example of a all original unmolested machine... i would love to have it in my garage i would cut my lawn with them reel mowers..i dont know how rare the attachments are but there nice and highy desireable. i know if you sell it brian will be all over that but i would keep it there great tractors theres a reason they lasted 50+ years and i think you will love it. good luck with it, thers a great group of guys here and you have anymore questions we would be more then happy to answer them.

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Posted August 25, 2014 - 07:56 PM

  Welcome to the forum, thanks for the pics.  We love pics!!!  that is a very nice looking original bolens with some good attachments, if it were mine I would keep it, clean it up a bit and then put it to use.  After you get used to it you could decide weather you want to restore or not.



PS- good to see another ny-Yorker on here

Edited by petrj6, August 25, 2014 - 07:57 PM.

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Posted August 25, 2014 - 08:00 PM

Looks like a very nice 1958 Ride A Matic I would like to have.


Welcome to GTtalk!

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Posted August 25, 2014 - 08:07 PM

You inherited some great stuff there! It's neat seeing this stuff turn up from time to time. Both your lawn roller an the wagon are great attachments. I assume the reel mower is the three gang pull behind style also great attachment! Welcome to the forum!!!

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Posted August 25, 2014 - 08:10 PM

You . . .  ummmh.   You have no idea what you have just gotten into, do you? Hardly a day goes by when someone is on here complaining about having become addicted to this hobby. They show photos of a dozen machines in they're collection. They tell us how hard it is explain the money they spent to their unhappy wives. How their children get tractors for Christmas(They're child is three!) The neighbor man looks smug at the poor unfortunate man who can't afford a new lawn mower.


I could go on, but you get the picture. I'm sure that Bolens 1000 will treat you right.

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Posted August 25, 2014 - 08:14 PM

now now guys the beauty of the piece does not need to generate drool it's hard on your keyboard , that is a very nice example of a ride a matic it's good to see it in that good of a condition after these many years , the cart is really cool and I would keep it but if you arn't into the antique tractor scene then find one of the guy's here , any one of the bolens fans here will do there best to make a fair deal with you so you know it will be loved and respected and well cared for .

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Posted August 25, 2014 - 08:31 PM

That's in great condition, and with all of those attachments, WOW! It's really up to you what you decide to do with it, but if it were me, I'd carefully clean it up, service it, and use it from time to time.

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Posted August 25, 2014 - 08:42 PM

Wow,very nice,if I was you I would do like others have said,clean it up,service it and try it out,you don't see them that nice very often

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Posted August 25, 2014 - 09:48 PM

That is a beautiful Bolens.  The guys on here know I love original paint and that "excellent survivor" look.  They are getting harder and harder to find. 


Once you get it going, and it won't be hard, you'll probably find yourself madly in love.


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