HERITAGE SPANS 150 YEARS
story from Bolens Brochures
Founded in 1850, Bolens has grown to become the most respected name
in outdoor power equipment. Milestones in the Bolens heritage include
the introduction, in 1919, of the first power-driven garden tractor.
Seven thousand of these early machines were sold to enthusiastic customers,
and Bolens outdoor power equipment was on its way to becoming famous.
Immediately following World War II Bolens was acquired by FMC Corporation
and specialization continued in production of outdoor equipment. A
progressive engineering program was begun and new designs met growing
new demands as Americans in increasing numbers discovered Bolens power
equipment as a means of reducing the time and effort required for
yard care. In 1947, Bolens introduced the first compact tractor. The
Husky 600 made its appearance in 1961 and set a new standard for all
compact tractors. Bolens again startled the industry in 1963 with
introduction of the Estate Keeper; a unique and years-ahead concept
in compact tractors.
Each product bearing the Bolens trademark is backed by this 150 year
heritage, and by the extensive research and development facilities
of FMC Corporation. Today, as in the past, the name Bolens stands
for proved dependability, advanced design and the highest standard
Robert Mann (Sonny's Farm, Bolens Dealer)
started as a joint partnership as you will in Port Washington, Wisconsin
the earliest of the Bolens company was actually the J.E. Gilson/ H.W.
Bolens Manufacturing Co. working together making chair irons and garden
tools. Gilson sold out to Bolens in 1914 and went seperate path. Bolens
from that point on had become the worldwide leader in the manufacturing
of Outdoor Power Equipment. Located in the same building since 1894
they went on to invent and make the world's first self contained four
wheel riding garden tractor, the first mulching mower design that
is still patented to this very day and one of the first hydrostatic
transmission implemented on a garden tractor (Bolens Husky 1250).
The biggest misconception
of the Bolens Company today is that they are out of business. That
is entirely false. The Bolens company is still a very active company
today, under the Garden Way Troy-Bilt name, they are still the same.
Garden Way purchased Bolens in 1988 and purchased TroyBilt sometime
before that. Although all of Bolens equipment is under the Troybilt
name, let me assure you that the tractors and mowers are of Bolens
design and standards. TroyBilt makes tillers and accsessories...Bolens
makes the garden tractors, the same way they always did, cast iron
shaft driven transmission, pto driven deck.
- Garden Way, that owned Bolens
and Troy Bilt since 1993, was sold to MTD Products in Summer 2001. MTD
seem to keep the low end Troy Bilt models; the same that was sold with
the Bolens name in Canada from 1999 to 2001 and in Europe.