Interesting info on the history of the Bolens distribution network. Thanks everyone for sharing. Reading this brought back memories of when I was younger and worked as a mechanic for a former Bolens dealership in southeast PA. This was from 2000-2006 so it was long after they stopped dealing in Bolens products, however they still had a good stock of parts. One summer I was tasked with helping to move all of the Bolens parts from one storage area to another, which having an interest in vintage tractors was enjoyable for me to see all the NOS and used parts for the older machines. They also had (and may still) a good stock of Bolens ISEKI parts. They were a really nice and knowledgeable group of people to work for. The owner worked previously for an IH dealer and was happy to share some knowledge when it came to my Cub Cadet restoration projects. Even though I have interest in Cub Cadets I've always had respect for the engineering that went into the Bolens tractors, especially the tube frame machines. There where several old tube frame machines "out back in the weeds" at the dealer and if I had to go out there for something I would find myself looking them over.
Is that dealer still around?