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Bolens snow blower

Anyone know who makes/made their snow blowers?
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The used to make their own, but MTD bought them out maybe 10-15 years ago or so.

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The used to make their own, but MTD bought them out maybe 10-15 years ago or so.
So actually it's a MTD with a Bolens name on it... right?
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Ariens made some Bolens for a very short time..
not sure of the exact timeline, but there were a few Ariens 10,000 series machine
re-badge for Bolens in the early 70's...but those are very rare.

I dont believe Bolens ever actually made their own snowblowers..
I think all Bolens snowblowers were "rebadged" and built by someone else.
Not sure who made them through the later 70's and into the 80's..
Bolens was bought by Troy-Bilt in 1987, then Troy-Bilt was bought by MTD
in 2002..Probably the vast majority of Bolens snowblowers were made by MTD.

Like many other brands, I would place Bolens in the "older is better" category.

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So actually it's a MTD with a Bolens name on it... right?
95% likely to be yes.

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95% likely to be yes.

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FMC also owned and made them a long, long time ago. that was when they were good machines. late 60's into the 70's.

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I have a 1978 and have yet to be able to cross it to anything else. pic below with a different engine but originally had a 8hp tecuseh on it. whatever it really is I love this model is an absolute tank that cannot be stopped
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Current machines-
1978 Bolens 8/24 (Loncin 420cc engine upgrade)
1986 toro powershift 6/24 ( 212cc Predator upgrade)
1988 Simplicity 860 (Predator 301cc upgrade)
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I have a 1978 and have yet to be able to cross it to anything else. pic below with a different engine but originally had a 8hp tecuseh on it. whatever it really is I love this model is an absolute tank that cannot be stopped
Looks like a nice repowered machine.

Is it just me or is there an Ariens resemblance here?

Is this from the era where they were relabeled Ariens?
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saw this on the local craigs
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