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Garden Tractors Discussion Forum

Old Walk Behind Garden Tractor

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Jim Williamson

04-01-2005 04:42:07

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I have an old walk behind Bolens Huskey made in Port Washington Wisconsin. S/N031987 It is green. It has 2 traction tires indidually driven by chain, each with its' own clutch. There are 2 clutch handle on the arms where you hold on to it. It has a Wisconsin engine Mdl AB with SN 1106048. I found this unit about 20 years ago on a pile of bush clearing where they were making a subdivision. All there and in pretty good order except no mag. I found a new mag and had it running soon after. Can anyone recognise it and tell me the year? Much appreciated. I love old machinery for some reason.

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04-01-2005 15:40:07

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 Re: Old Walk Behind Garden Tractor in reply to Jim Williamson, 04-01-2005 04:42:07  
I like the old stuff too. Years ago I got a Simplicity 2 wheel tractor/rotary mower at an auction for $30. I was pleasantly surprised how much fun I had with it. I gave it a new 6 hp. transplant. Over the years I made things for it incl. a cultivator and 4' wide leveling blade which are very handy. Also made a sulky to go joy riding. Later I added another 2 wh. Simplicity, this one with a 3 speed forward and 1 reverse transmission. These can be had for very little. Kind of strange, compared to Cushman scooters of the same era that go sky high.

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04-01-2005 14:39:38

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 Re: Old Walk Behind Garden Tractor in reply to Jim Williamson, 04-01-2005 04:42:07  
Based on the moter serial number, it is a 1948.

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04-01-2005 05:53:20

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 Re: Old Walk Behind Garden Tractor in reply to Jim Williamson, 04-01-2005 04:42:07  
Bolens had two wheeled garden tractors in the early 1920s. The company was owned by Gilson at one time, and later Food Machinery and Chemical Corportation (FMC - LinkBelt). Starting around the 1940s Bolens made light-duty two wheel tractors for homeowners and heavy duty for large garden/seedbed operations. 1920s tractors were called Power Hoes and/or All Purpose. Later, ca. 1940s and 1950s, there was a 1 1/2 horse Power-Ho, 2 1/2 horse Power-Ho Deluxe, and the more heavy duty Bolens Huski Gardener. Western Auto sold a few relabelled as "Wizard." Sounds like you've got a Gardener? They came in regular and Hi-boy. Both had separate chains and clutches for each wheel. Hi-boy used a Briggs BR6 engine with 6-1 gear reduction. Other Gardeners were rated 4.3 horsepower and tested at 3 horse, mostly Wisconsin engines; models included B6A4 with 4" X 12" tires, B6A5 with 5" X 12" tires, and the B6A20/B6A5S with 6" X 12" tires.

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Dennis Andres

04-27-2005 15:45:33

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 Re: Old Walk Behind Garden Tractor in reply to jdemaris, 04-01-2005 05:53:20  
My dad bought a used Wizard walk behind tractor in the 60"s.It has a plow, cultivators, and disc.He used this tractor every summer to garden 1/4 acre.It was used till about 5yrs ago when he had a stroke. Would you have any idea what it is worth? It is still in good shape and the rubber tires still look like new.It always has been garage kept. Thanks for any help.I live near Louisville,Ky

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