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Another Bolens buy - HDT1000

Through some networking, I came across an export only HDT1000 that was on the DL apparently. It is serial number 0100111 meaning it was the 11th one off production. The HDT was built as an export only in low numbers and a few (literally) fell in the hands of some here in the states. It's an S model too meaning it has power steering and a hydro cooler. I will be shipping it from CT.



The machine, as described to me, is in good shape aside from a few things. The owner said he found it stored in the back of a warehouse (I think at a location maybe where he worked) and found the original 22HP Mitsubishi K3D engine to have a spun bearing. He swapped in a 25 HP Mitsubishi K3E which is nearly the same engine as the original only with a slightly bigger displacement (979cc vs.1062cc). From the photos I've seen and how it's been described, it sounds like it was done cleanly. Second, the front bolster has been repaired in the center as you can see in one of the photos below. This issue sounds "common" among the two or three other owners of these machines. I'm guessing this part is a weak point when it comes to the heavier inline 3 diesel and wasn't 'upgraded' to something structurally heavier. I would probably, in the future, see about having a new bolster CNC'd out of stronger material. Third, he mentioned the top of the hood has some waves as something was likely rested on it in the past, but it was like this when he got it. Anyway, it's going to be all fixed up.


What does the future hold for the 1886?
It is truly a bittersweet moment. Sadly, it means the 1886 is going to be sold. When I mentioned all this to my family they couldn't believe I wanted to sell it, and I didn't think I ever would either. This opportunity doesn't come about very often and I am looking forward to putting another labor of love into this unique large frame.


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WOW!! That things a BEAST!! You can't keep the 1886 due to room? I would of course keep it but I am appearing to be more rural than you in pictures anyway! I do understand your thinking though. I as you know made some tough decisions on keepers this summer. I sold one and thank God found a new purpose for a old salty dog, which the 180 seems to enjoy as the engine is running much better!
Austen all I know is this is for sure a step up, diesel power steering, UNIQUE!! Are you going to keep FEL and tiller/three point for it? I sure would!!
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WOW!! That things a BEAST!! You can't keep the 1886 due to room? I would of course keep it but I am appearing to be more rural than you in pictures anyway! I do understand your thinking though. I as you know made some tough decisions on keepers this summer. I sold one and thank God found a new purpose for a old salty dog, which the 180 seems to enjoy as the engine is running much better!
Austen all I know is this is for sure a step up, diesel power steering, UNIQUE!! Are you going to keep FEL and tiller/three point for it? I sure would!! Yesterday 09:52 PM
Yeah, it's not really practical for me to have both; I would rather have variety over duplicates. I justify having the two now as the Economy is a completely different machine over the Bolens. I don't know yet, but that's tentatively the plan. Yes, I will be keeping all the attachments, three point and the custom wheel set. I will probably leave the loader on the 1886 when/if I sell it. Kevin, who gave me the line on the HDT, has a Johnson model 25 loader which is a bigger, heavier duty version, over the 14 and is supposed to be the "Cadillac" of the Johnson loaders. The J14 loader would likely require some modification to fit the HDT for several different reasons; the J25 has a better chance at fitting with less modification due to how it mounts. If it works out, I'll go into more of that detail and why that is.
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Understand completely! Reason I cut some, just no need. Make room for new cool!!
So..... when ya shipping 1886 to my house!? Lol


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Understand completely! Reason I cut some, just no need. Make room for new cool!!
So..... when ya shipping 1886 to my house!? Lol


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Maybe I should raffle it off on MTF in a big forum-wide contest... Diesel Sellerz style.

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I IN!! I IS WINNER!
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Now what just a minute here Eric. Your not the only contestant you know.
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Another Great Bolens!! Getting it shipped from CT. HDT1000 So this is a 1886 frame style. What year is this?? What about the Bolens Iseki Diesel.. G154 G174.?? That is a whole other tractor?? I know they were made in Japan. I am sure you will make it your own like you do all the other toys you have. Nice to see that rare Bolens will go to a good home!! I will have to ask a buddy up near Flint, MI who has about 80 Bolens if he has one or heard of one. HDT1000!! Nice score!!
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Well, a lot has happened in the past two years with the HDT1000. It's received a lot of upgrades and most recently just had a fully custom loader built. It is now (finally) in transit and I will be seeing it for the first time next week.





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