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#1 Clevis OFFLINE  

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Posted May 19, 2016 - 04:04 PM

Hi All. 
I'm brand new to the forum and garden tractor ownership in general. Two years ago I moved my family from a lot in town to 5 acres. By year two I was realizing that things would go a lot easier if I had the help of a small tractor. (Believe it or not, I used a push mower to mow the property the first year and broke ground for our first 1/4 acre garden patch by shovel, hoe and a tiny mantis tiller.)
When I started to do my research I found the box store tractors were way under built for my needs.  Then I stumbled onto the idea of a Bolens and the bygone class of "garden tractors." I started hunting around - mostly Craigslist - and after a couple months of watching and hunting (and missing out on a couple good looking tractors) I scored my HT20 about six weeks ago. I jumped on it right away - its the only HT model I've seen for sale since I started looking a few month ago.
Its a 1978, 2087. It came with the 48" hydraulic blade, 52" mowing deck, 33" tiller, 3pt hitch and front and rear wheel weights. I think its going to be perfect for my needs on my property. Its not going to be a show tractor - I'm hoping to get 30 years of work out of it (and die with it?) like the first guy who owned it. 
The story on the tractor was that the original owner passed away and after his passing it sat in a barn for about 6 years. Since it sat so long, I replaced pretty much all the fuel and ignition parts, cleaned the gas tank, did a carb kit (carb was a rusty, varnished mess) and replaced all the fluids. After all that it started on the first try and over the last month starts easily and seems to be running pretty well. 
I do have a few questions about some things (I'll put the questions in different threads), but for now I just wanted to introduce the tractor and myself to you all.
Attached is a pic of the HT20 (and attachments) with my dad on the seat the day I picked it up.
Thanks!
 

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#2 Bolens 1000 ONLINE  

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Posted May 19, 2016 - 04:37 PM

Hello welcome to  GTT! :wave:

Nice looking machine

 

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Posted May 19, 2016 - 04:50 PM

Welcome and nice to see you've found your way over here too! :thumbs:

 

Looking forward to following your adventures with your new HT.


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Posted May 19, 2016 - 04:56 PM

Welcome to the site. It looks like the original owner really looked after that tractor and the implements. I cant imagine trying to break 1/4 acre of ground with a shovel, hoe and Mantis tiller. I did about 1/2 that with a somewhat bigger tiller and it was back breaking work. 

 

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Posted May 19, 2016 - 06:35 PM



Welcome to the site. It looks like the original owner really looked after that tractor and the implements. I cant imagine trying to break 1/4 acre of ground with a shovel, hoe and Mantis tiller.

Jim


I still have the callouses from that garden! The tractor does seem well cared for. No dents and little rust. The filters had the change date on them. Thanks, Jim.

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Posted May 19, 2016 - 06:38 PM

Welcome and nice to see you've found your way over here too! :thumbs:

Looking forward to following your adventures with your new HT.

Thanks, Austen. Seems like there's some overlap between the two, but I thought I'd speak up over here too.
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Posted May 19, 2016 - 07:16 PM

Welcome aboard,you picked up a nice machine,good luck with it

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Posted May 19, 2016 - 08:04 PM

Welcome to GTTALK glad to have you. Good looking GT looks like your dad is happy on it too. Good score with all the goodies. Lots of fine folks on here & willing to help.

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Posted May 19, 2016 - 08:13 PM

Welcome and congrats on owning one of the greatest compact tractors ever made. Bolens large frames are the Rolls Royce of American made garden tractors (IMHO). Chase down a loader and a three point hitch and the sky's the limit on all the different things you can do with it.

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Posted May 19, 2016 - 10:10 PM

Welcome to the Bolens club and to GTT.

Cutting your teeth on a big un I sees. Glad you got a package deal. It will make all of your property work much, much easier.



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Posted May 20, 2016 - 11:06 AM

Welcome to the forum. Your tractor looks pretty nice. Is that an old Chevy truck I see in the background or maybe Ford? It looks nice.



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Posted May 20, 2016 - 11:42 AM

Welcome to the forum. Your tractor looks pretty nice. Is that an old Chevy truck I see in the background or maybe Ford? It looks nice.

Thanks, Husky. That's a 71' F100. My other useful toy since moving onto property.

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Posted May 20, 2016 - 11:43 AM

Welcome aboard,you picked up a nice machine,good luck with it

Thanks, Rick.

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Posted May 20, 2016 - 11:52 AM

Good looking tractor with the essential attachments. Welcome aboard!
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Posted May 20, 2016 - 11:54 AM

Welcome the the Gtt Family & nice collection you have 

 

Shane  :beer:






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