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Posted February 18, 2015 - 09:11 PM

I have been on the quest for any info related to the Bolens built garden tractors that were produced for western auto branded Wizard. I have found that any info on these tractors is very scarce just like the tractors themselves I was able to recently find a 1957 western auto catalog not knowing exactly what may or may not be illustrated in it. I had a lot of trouble dealing with the seller and with the help of a member here BOBIN I was able to get it. Very big thanks for all his help. Inside was the early ride-a-matic wizard as well as the versa-matic versions I truly believe these tractors were actually made side by side with the Bolens version probably in very limited numbers I know everybody hates the word RARE but honestly these wizard ride-a-matics have to be close to rare! I have only ever seen a handful total image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg
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Posted February 18, 2015 - 11:47 PM

Very interesting, Thanks for the info


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Posted February 19, 2015 - 05:44 AM

I know western auto marketed an outboard motor made by Mercury in the fifties.
Mercury down graded their product so as not to compete with their authorized dealers.
It wouldn't surprize me if Bolens made 5,000 or so under contract.
Then decided not to do it anymore once their dealers complained about having to compete with western auto.
Who would have serviced these units? Probably not western auto!

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Posted February 19, 2015 - 06:25 AM

What colors would've been used on the Wizards?


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Posted February 19, 2015 - 07:53 AM

That's the first time I have ever seen Wizard literature!

I would love to find one someday!

I have only seen a handful of them myself.

 

only person I know who has the ride-a-matic version is steve johnson who is a member here

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Posted February 19, 2015 - 09:47 AM

Never seen a rider. I have a Wizard walk beihnd likethe one George is restoring, not sure if it's Bolens made or not.


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Posted February 19, 2015 - 10:30 AM

What could be better than 1 Wizard tractor? - 3 like Steve Johnson has!

 

It appears the early tractor had a Clinton engine, while Bolens never used them on the Ride-A-Matics.

 

I wonder what the model number tags would show on the Wizards?


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Posted February 19, 2015 - 10:34 AM

Whats funny is the literature shows the Push blade with the Bolens decal on it!

I wonder if the attachments used Bolens colors and decals? I have never seen any attachments with wizard equipment yet.


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Posted February 19, 2015 - 11:57 AM

Whats funny is the literature shows the Push blade with the Bolens decal on it!
I wonder if the attachments used Bolens colors and decals? I have never seen any attachments with wizard equipment yet.

ask Nato77 he got a brush saw-buzz saw attachment from me that is tagged western auto It's for the power-ho series wizard tractors I think they were probably all painted and tagged western auto. It's my guess that less than 500 each of the wizard ride-a-matics were even made could be even less they are very scarce I have two more western auto catalogs on the way one is a 1956 and the other 1958 both have garden tractors in them I would love to track down a 1959 and 1961 catalog. These catalogs are scarce because they are actually not intended for the consumer end these are for the actual store to order from so I'm sure the number printed is limited
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Posted February 19, 2015 - 12:34 PM

I have a moldboard, disc and cultivator just ilke in those pics for my walk behind. I have a blade too, but different mount than showed.

Also have a sickle bar.

Of course all for the walk behind.

 

 

I wonder if they did like the early WH/Ponds and just added rear frame to the walk behinds?



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Posted February 19, 2015 - 02:32 PM

There was some sort of decal on it. Doesn't look like a Bolens one.
Wonder if it was the western auto oval decal like on the tag.
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Posted February 19, 2015 - 04:19 PM

I have a moldboard, disc and cultivator just ilke in those pics for my walk behind. I have a blade too, but different mount than showed.
Also have a sickle bar.
Of course all for the walk behind.
 
 
I wonder if they did like the early WH/Ponds and just added rear frame to the walk behinds?

are they tagged western auto?

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Posted February 19, 2015 - 05:37 PM

IMG_0978.JPG Who built wizard gts after Bolens Ford Jacobsen ?



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Posted February 19, 2015 - 05:39 PM

attachicon.gifIMG_0978.JPGWho built wizard gts after Bolens Ford Jacobsen ?

 

That looks like its from the MTD family, looks close to their 990


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Posted February 19, 2015 - 05:51 PM

Steve is not the only guy with them There is another member here with one.


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