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720nut

The first Brantley I've ever seen,Belongs to Rick (isetta) he stopped by to show me enjoyable visit

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I now can see a huge difference between brantley and kelly hoes

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isetta

Thanks for posting pics Lloyd. Brother in law and I made a 2300 mile round trip from Michigan to Maine to pick it up. Very happy with the backhoe and tractor / loader. And.. how well the ole boat trailer handled the trip. Probably worried more about that than the backhoe sm02 The Bolens 1886 starts, runs and all the hydraulics work on the hoe and loader...... whoopee!!!

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rokon2813

I looked up Brantly history and they sold out to Amerequip.

Supposedly still in business, and still building small equipment.

I have toyed with the idea of building one, but looking at a full sized one it appeared too daunting.

That one looks a lot simpler. }:)}:)

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isetta

The Brantly is a well made unit and a good size match for the Powermax I intend to put it on. Interesting that Brantly also made loaders, and helicopters..... of all things. The Bolens tractor and Johnson front loader will be going up for sale.

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720nut

If and I say if wife willing he could have left it here but,I tried real hard to restrain myself. That Bolens Looked like one:||of a machine and the condition was amazing. Rick you shouldn't have any problem selling that, unless of course you change your mind,:D:D

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isetta

Ok, update, the Bolens loader backhoe tractor is a great package. I am keeping it all together while I find or build a subframe for the Powermax. Working a project this weekend with it! There's another Bolens TLB with a Brantly on Craigslist right now in Maine for asking price of 5K!

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macallis180

Those old Bolens were a good, tough tractor. Ran with power take offs with universal joints when everyone else was still using belts. Heck, most everyone else is still using belts!

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isetta

Really wanted to put the Brantly backhoe on my Simplicity Powermax. Today we hauled and moved 14 yards of topsoil and the Bolens / Johnson / Brantly worked perfectly. No ruts in the yard and I didn't have to shovel at all. Two brothers in law did the manual work. We went from the trailer into the loader and back to the yard. I am keeping this unit together ^ Having trouble posting pics right now

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Talntedmrgreen

I'd have a hard time restoring that setup...aside from the common discoloring of the white hood, the whole thing looks like it's in great original skin. Plus, once restored...it becomes tougher to use.

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isetta

I do like all my old stuff to use. If I can buy it right and it's already in perfect shape ok but hard for me to put all that work into a resto and then go out and use it the way I want to. Still getting the "no file to upload" message for pics

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isetta

Here's the setup in use, did nothing to it, no plugs, no points, no carb, no oil, just gas and go, one of the best buys I ever made : )Just not the right color.......Mega thanks to Kent for fixing the pic problem, you da man!!!

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