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#1 BolensChrisUK OFFLINE  

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Posted February 05, 2017 - 09:38 AM

While I was visiting Andrew in Devon I collected this which was not too far away from him

 

A Brantly Back hoe complete with pump & mounting frame which came off an unknown make of garden tractor.

 

I had one of these in rough shape on the rear of a HT20 with loader which I broke up. The loader I am very slowly cleaning up to make it usuable again to be fitted onto my 1886.

 

The back hoe went to fellow bolens nutter Dave who has since found a couple more examples.

 

This one I have purchased has never been on a Bolens. It was found abandoned in a field!

 

It seems complete but requires work inc ram refurbs & pipes etc. Its rusty but very restorable.

 

Looks to me like it was red/orange when new?? its been adapted to fit onto something as theres bits welded on & sum one has attacked it with a gas torch on the mounting frame. I will have to adapt the frame it has to fit on a LF bolens & mount the pump up the front to drive it

 

Who knows when this will happen but happy I have found another. Proves this stuff has made it to the UK.

 

Only pic I have of it at the min. Need to borrow a loader to lift it out my trailer this week as those of you which own one know they are heavy tools :thumbs:

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Posted February 05, 2017 - 09:50 AM

thats a good find ive never seen one in person for some reason gt implements like that an loaders are very hard to find in my neck of the woods so it makes it fun hunting for them


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Posted February 05, 2017 - 10:03 AM

Nice score on that! 


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Posted February 05, 2017 - 10:46 AM

A great find Chris and in my back yard too! I saw this up close yesterday and was surprised how big it was. This is definitely a real bit of kit. I offered to collect it for him but glad I didn't as it's well hefty! As Chris say it's eminently restorable and he's the man to do it.

Here are several photos of it when he called in to help me out on my HT20

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Posted February 05, 2017 - 11:31 AM

Nice find, you get that bear cleaned up and painted so I can drool over it.


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Posted February 05, 2017 - 11:44 AM

Good score,looks to be a later model it has the joystick controls instead of tickle fingers. Interestingly mine too had a base of orange paint and as near as I can tell was painted black then decals applied, so I'm taking it as factory. It's on a 23 with a Brantly loader and paperwork shows it was installed by a Bolens dealer at purchase of tractor . Also a point of interest is the manuals are for a Simplicity with an attachment to them for Bolens mounting. Good luck with your restoration, cool piece.
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Posted February 05, 2017 - 11:56 AM

  Never seen one of those. Is it as ridiculously heavy duty for a garden tractor as it looks it the picture? Don


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Posted February 05, 2017 - 12:17 PM

Good buy Chris, I'm sure you will have it up and running soon...😆Wonder who found it...?
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Posted February 05, 2017 - 12:20 PM

  Never seen one of those. Is it as ridiculously heavy duty for a garden tractor as it looks it the picture? Don

 

You need soft ground to really make them work good.  Mine likes to lift the tractor off the ground if the ground is relay hard or dry.  


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Posted February 05, 2017 - 12:46 PM

Great score Chris, I'm looking forward to seeing it next time I'm down your way.

 

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Posted February 05, 2017 - 01:04 PM

Great score,I have had a couple in the past,if you don't try to dig to deep to fast they work pretty good,I had hard clay type dirt,they were used by a lot of guys digging gas pipeline lines from the street to the house or commercial bldgs
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Posted February 05, 2017 - 01:06 PM

Never seen one of those. Is it as ridiculously heavy duty for a garden tractor as it looks it the picture? Don


There pretty heavy duty and heavy to move around a loader is a must to keep the front of the tractor on the ground,a load of dirt or gravel in the bucket works best

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Posted February 05, 2017 - 01:07 PM

I have found an Owner's Manual and a brochure. I'll see about uploading soon.


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Posted February 05, 2017 - 01:38 PM

Great find!! Not exactly easy to come by anywhere unless you're willing to pay up a decent amount.


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Posted February 05, 2017 - 02:03 PM

Nice addition to the collection,
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