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jlasater

Comparison of '70's Bolens vs. AC/Simplicity equip

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In addition to my AC716H, I have a fairly rusty Bolens H14 tractor with a blown engine. I'm curious what you guys think of the older Bolens machines compared to the AC/Simplicity tractors. I still like the 716H better, but the Bolens doesn't seem to be a cheap piece of junk like a lot of the newer machines out there. I've worked on a JD riding mower before, and know full well how much of a chore they can be to work on. The tilt hood and rear fender on the 716H is very slick :-)[A href='http://www.wheatfarm.com']http://www.wheatfarm.com[/a]

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MPH
From what my brother tells me of two Bolens he has owned they sound like well built tractors but the attachments sound very similiar to the over-engineered complicated, user unfriendly one that followed me home with the gilsons. might be alright if it runs as good as the 16hp I have and and you got it real cheap and can use it for one attachment you don't now have. my 2 centsMPH

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JeffG
I gave the neighbor kid my old Bolens G-10 in trade for digging a 150' long ditch for me. Took him all day to do it, but he was estactic to get the old Bolens. I needed to get rid of some junk, anyway. IMO, AC/Simplicity is head and shoulders above the rest. Jeff

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Kent
IMO, Bolens are high quality, tough pieces of equipment. Some, like the tube frames, may be even stronger than a Simplicity for some applications, like a front end loader... That said, 1) They are not as simple to change implements on 2) NOTHING mows like a Simplicity -- not even close and that's probably about 70% of the the hours put on my tractors 3) Some old Bolens were downright ugly -- Huskies aren't bad though http://www.johnnyproducts.com/images/Headlight%20Bracket.jpg

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SmilinSam
I had a Bolens and 4 attachments give to me a while back for junk. Had been sitting outside for years. I threw it all on Ebay for $10 no reserve, buyer picks up. Would you believe it brought $660 and the buyer drove from Long Island NY out to western Ilinois to get it all. Some people out there do like them. Not Me. Sam

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johnmonkey
I traded a running 1976 john deere 214 w/ a 42" mower and a 38" tiller for a non-running 1968 bolens 1050 equiped with a 42" mower, a dump cart, 42" snow thrower, wheel weights, scraper blade w/scarifier,brinley plow, and an aerator. The tank was rusty so I cleaned it out and used the treatment from eastwood company for gas tanks and it runs strong (10hp wisconsin). I also have a 1962? mongomery ward garden mark (same as simplicity 725 or AC B-1) my brother-in-law gave me 15 years ago. I think that both have their strong points but the simplicity mows the grass much smoother than the bolens. Both are easier to work on than the john deere 214.

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