Not starting a flame war or anything, but there are folks who think Bolens started the small GT. Do you have some kind of tractor time line?Bolens was
Bolens was far ffrom the first but you'll never get the Bolens guys to admit it. Continue below.
your righ t the Bolens did make the first 4 weeeled self structered G T it started as the Gilson bolens mfg co, then when gilson sold out to bolens, bolens went on to make the first first 4 weeeled self structered G T,i think it was around 1895 or just befor there abouts.actually i think it was the first in the world to be made like that a small gt.
Bolens did start with Gilson but their first rider was the ridemaster that didn't start until mid 40s. (46-47 range??) Speedex was advertising America's first riding tractor long before Bolens advertised it. Speedex claims the 1936 starting date if I'm thinking right. That timeline corresponds with the time frame they left Shaw. even the FG (farm and garden) was built before the ridemaster. There's dated factory literature to prove this. I always took objection to Speedex's claim because the Utilitor Tractor Co was advertising a riding garden tractor in the 21-22 range.