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#1 OFFLINE   trettig

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Posted 20 April 2011 - 05:13 AM

How many of the early 1956-1957 Bolens Ride-a-matic were produced? The model with the round hood? There seams to be a lack of info about them.
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Posted 20 April 2011 - 08:30 AM

Funny you should post this... I'm not sure on the stats, but coincidentally there's an original '57 with factory front mount sickle bar en route via truck freight to Rocky Hill, CT as we speak :thumbs:
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Posted 20 April 2011 - 10:08 AM

I also now a young man who has a few of them in his front yard in R.I. Sharp lil tractors!!!

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Posted 21 April 2011 - 05:35 AM

I purchased the 1957 ride-a-matic from the young guy in RI. He was excellent to purchase from. He has a wonderful stock and choice of different tractors. He is located along route 146 in North Smithfield RI. Stop in and chat. He was great to deal with.

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Posted 21 April 2011 - 05:43 AM

Matt,
Congrats on your Ride-A-Matic. I have been looking for one for a while.
There was a Beaver Tractor in Dracut MA a few weeks ago. 1961 with stearing wheel. Excellent condition. Motor did not run. Although there were about 3 attachments that went with it. Did anyone here purchase it?

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Posted 21 April 2011 - 09:42 AM

I purchased the 1957 ride-a-matic from the young guy in RI. He was excellent to purchase from. He has a wonderful stock and choice of different tractors. He is located along route 146 in North Smithfield RI. Stop in and chat. He was great to deal with.


Kenny is great to deal with. He also has a lawn ranger in the yard. Did u grab that also??

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Posted 22 April 2011 - 04:33 AM

No - not the lawn ranger. I purchased the Ride-a-matic and the Craftsman Yard Hand. Both are in good condition given their year. I am really excited about the Craftsman. 3 wheeler. It is the tractor that gave an option (attachment) of a circular saw on the hood. Small and similar to the Bantam tractor.
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Posted 22 April 2011 - 05:34 AM

Now you've got me jealous. The Yard Hands are super cool and hard to find. I always liked how you sit so far down in back and the hood is up in front of you. And they have that crazy huge pulley system. Super cool machines.
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Posted 22 April 2011 - 07:11 AM

Any of you have a pic of these tractors? I saw an old Bolens on CL that has a rounded hood and grill.

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Posted 23 April 2011 - 06:57 AM

sorry for the delay of photo. Any help aging the tractor. 1956-1958. Who knows?




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Posted 23 April 2011 - 08:20 AM

Super cool tractor! Love those old Bolens! Are those the original tires on it! Quite the find! :thumbs:

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Posted 23 April 2011 - 08:58 AM

Very cool tractor I've been trying to find one of them for a while now. What motor do these use? I have a kohler K160 I was told that these were used in the old Bolens :thumbs:

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Posted 23 April 2011 - 09:03 AM

Here's a few of pics of the one I had. It was a 58. 1960 brought about the square hood design. This was a cool tractor, and ran great too. Not sure on the production numbers, but I did get a manual for it off e-bay.

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I ended up trading it for a lawn ranger and cashola. Afterthoughts are not too sure if I shoulda done it or not. It looked nice original, but would have been a knockout all restored.

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Posted 23 April 2011 - 11:07 AM

Nice tractors...... I do like those Round Noses.

They ran K91s I believe.

If someone is interested I have a engine drive pulley (with reverse disc) and a gas tank and bracket for one of these. They'll be on ebay shortly, unless someone chimes in.

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Posted 23 April 2011 - 04:46 PM

Wow Chris, that was some rig! Would have loved to see one of you guys restore that! Thanks for the pics! :thumbs:

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Posted 23 April 2011 - 08:16 PM

Here's the one I have coming in a week or so.






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Posted 23 April 2011 - 08:29 PM

Gesssh Matt,

How and WHERE do you find these things?? :thumbs: :wh: Are you going to restore it or what?
Can't wait to see.

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 06:18 AM

Matt, that thing is in real nice shape! Good luck with it. (BTW-it freewheels down hills)

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 06:24 AM

(BTW-it freewheels down hills)

That causes issues? :thumbs:

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 06:59 AM

[quote name="Gerry w"]Gesssh Matt,

How and WHERE do you find these things??
Matt - Rocky Hill, CT
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