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#1 slf-uk OFFLINE  

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Posted July 18, 2016 - 10:11 AM

I have been after another HT to support my HT23 for a couple of years. Chris one of my UK Bolens buddies told me about a HT20 that had just came up for sale in my area and within a couple of minutes it was mine. It picked it up on Saturday.

 

A few pictures. The first is from a stop on the way home and the last is of it making friends with my HT 23.

 

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Posted July 18, 2016 - 10:50 AM

Very nice!  Which one will lose the deck? I believe that you should have a tractor for each of your normally used attachments. That way you don't have to get on the ground and switch things around. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted July 18, 2016 - 10:57 AM

Nice find,with the muffler being turned up,wonder if at one time it had a loader on it
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Posted July 18, 2016 - 11:07 AM

Very nice!  Which one will lose the deck? I believe that you should have a tractor for each of your normally used attachments. That way you don't have to get on the ground and switch things around. Good Luck, Rick

 

The deck on the HT20 has a lot of holes but still cuts great. It is tempted to put the HT23 deck on the HT20 and use that for grass cutting, but not decided yet. I need some HT attachments now

 

Nice find,with the muffler being turned up,wonder if at one time it had a loader on it

 

I forgot to mention that I bought it from an elderly gent who I believe bought it new although it was difficult to understand what he was saying. I picked it up with my Land Rover and trailer and he was telling me that he drove American Jeeps during the war and had an understanding of the American Jeep influence on the Land Rover design.

 

From what the seller was saying I think it was only ever used for crass cutting. It has a FMC hour meter which I think was an option and the hour meter only shows 1400 hours.

 

Iain


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Posted July 18, 2016 - 11:22 AM

This is the tractor ID, which I guess makes it 1974-1976

 

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Posted July 18, 2016 - 12:19 PM

Nice pair of tractors!
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Posted July 18, 2016 - 12:32 PM

Thank you for the pics.
From what I gather, LF Bolens tractors are a bit harder to find stateside, and in some places non existent. I can't imagine how difficult it is to find one, much less 2 in the UK? Very nice looking rigs you have there;)
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Posted July 18, 2016 - 01:23 PM

Congrats!! Looking forward to hearing more about it. That's great you now have two.


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Posted July 18, 2016 - 02:07 PM

Again another great find Iain you lucky so and so!

It looks in overall good condition and good to see that it runs ok too.

I now need to track one down myself one day that is if you, Chris and Dave don't get there before me! :)

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Posted July 18, 2016 - 04:56 PM

That looks brilliant Ian what a steal! I'm sure you'll fix it up and get it looking as good as new. I might know of a couple of mower decks that may come up shortly with a few tractors and a few implements. Will let you know when the time comes. I'm sure we could strike a deal. I would love a G12 😉😉
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Posted July 18, 2016 - 04:57 PM

I forgot to mention that I bought it from an elderly gent who I believe bought it new although it was difficult to understand what he was saying. I picked it up with my Land Rover and trailer and he was telling me that he drove American Jeeps during the war and had an understanding of the American Jeep influence on the Land Rover design.


American influence on Land Rover design..........flabbergasted :-0


Still, where do you guys down sarth find these things???? Probably cause the north cant afford them years ago, it's grimm oooop north!!!!
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Posted July 19, 2016 - 11:26 AM

Yes I let this one slip into Iains hands

 

How the hell I did not buy it I will never know & knowing how Iain wanted an HT20 I thought fairs fair as I already have one.

 

I cant wait to see it some time!!


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Posted July 19, 2016 - 12:44 PM

Thanks for the great comments. Any Bolens is rare in the UK and large frame's more so. When they were new they were a similar cost to a new family car.

The information I got with the tractor said it was bought new in the uk in 1976. It would be really interesting to know when it was made

Chris, we will have to arrange a play day around mine. It has to be your turn to head this way :-)

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Posted July 20, 2016 - 08:55 AM

slf-uk, on 19 Jul 2016 - 1:44 PM, said:slf-uk, on 19 Jul 2016 - 1:44 PM, said:

.... When they were new they were a similar cost to a new family car. ...

 

That was pretty much the same here as well.

 

Bolens was the best GT available in those years, and their pricing reflected that.

 

Here's a 1980 price list that was posted on one of he UK forms that, with the original poster's permission, I have posted here before.

 

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You guys here in the States need to know that the exchange rate at the time was 1 Pound = 2.40 Dollars.


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Posted July 20, 2016 - 01:10 PM

Dave,
Short term memory hits us all as we get older. :-) It was me that posted that price list on another forum and said it was fine to use elsewhere.

I have others for different years and when I get a bit more time I will do some work on uk Bolens inflation

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