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Bolens Huski Ridemaster &
Ride-A-Matic Tractors
1947 thru 1962

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1949 Bolens Huski Ridemaster 35AB Garden Tractor
FMC Bolens pruduced Ridemaster garden tractors from 1947 - 1958


In September of 1946, the Bolens Co. was purchased by the Food Machinery & 1940's Ridemaster Magazine Cover Chemical Corp (FMC) of San Jose, Calif. The FMC Bean Cutler Division had already produced "Bean Cutler's" earlier in 1946.

  Around 1947 the FMC Bean Cutler tractor evolved into the "Bolens Huski Ridemaster" because the Bolens name was already so well known. The Bolens Ridemaster is credited as being the first production model, self-contained four-wheel, riding garden tractor.

The Bean-Cutlers had a 5hp AKS Wisconsin engine. In 1949 the ridemasters were equipped with a 6hp BKN Wisconsin engine. These are models 35AA and 35AB. The 35AA had 4;00 x 18 drive tires. The 35AB had 6:00 x 16 drive tires. In 1956 a model 38AB came with a 8hp Briggs engine.

FMC also at this time began to implement their own progressive engineering program within the new Bolens Tractor Division. This began the era of highly "Collectable Bolens Tractors" as we know them to be today.

Need Some Ridemaster Help !
If anyone has any info ie: Owners/Service/Repair Manuals
Or Attachments .pdf files etc, and could send ithem
to me, I will post the links here.

Email: gtstoday@gmail.com
Thanks in advance for your time, George

Bolens Huski Ridemaster Tractor Info

View Wisconsin Engine Models ACN - BKN Owner/Parts Manual .pdf

View Wisconsin Engine Models ACN - BKN - AENL - AGND Manual .pdf

FMC Bolens Ridemaster
Owner/Parts Manual
Models 35AA - 35AB

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View Manual Here
(Only Ridemaster Info)

View Ridemaster Series Model Year Hp Info

Bolens Ride-A-Matic Tractor

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1957 Bolens Ride-A-Matic 230 Garden Tractor
FMC Bolens produced Ride-A-Matic garden tractors from 1956 - 1962


  In 1958 Bolens continued to blow away the competition adding the Ride-A-Matic series garden tractors with push button starting, Versa-Matic drive, automotive steering and differential, plus 21 attachments. The Model 220 had a Kohler 6.6 hp engine, and weighed in at a robust 420 lbs.

With big tractor performance and small tractor convenience and economy, this tractor was well received by the public. FMC Bolens produced the Ride-A-Matic up until 1962

Note: 1996 Garden Way Tractors Service Seminar.
( Garden Way purchased Bolens in 1988 )
A huge pdf file with all Garden Way products, including early Bolens branded product information, that may be useful. ( 187 Pgs ) link here

Bolens Ride-A-Matic Tractor Manuals

Kohler K91 Engine

View Kohler Engine Owner Manual
Models K91 4hp - K161 7hp - K181 8hp .pdf

View Ride-A-Matic Series
Model Year Hp Info

Bolens Ride-A-Matic

View Ride-A-Matic Model 230 Owner/Parts Manual .pdf

View Ride-A-Matic Models 231 & 232 Owner/Parts Manual .pdf

View Ride-A-Matic Super Model 21HD Owner Manual .pdf

Bolens Ride-A-Matic Tractor Accessories
Pdf File File Description
22738-01.pdf   Electric Starter Kit Parts/Wiring Dia.
21531-o2.pdf   Plow Fits All Ride-A-Matic's O.M.
22443-01.pdf   Mower Deck Models 231 & 232 O.M.
23219-01.pdf   Bolens 8" Moldboard Plow O.M.
23609-01.pdf   Tiller Fits All Ride-A-Matic's O.M.
More Miscellaneous Information Below

*Sam Bolens
All Bolens Tractor Models Parts and More
Crown Point, Indiana
link here

* Bolens Garden Tractor Replacement Decals
Maple Hunter Bolens Decals - College Station, Texas
link here

* m.e. Miller Tire, Wauseon, Ohio, Since 1970
Quality Farm and Garden Tractor Tires and Rims
"Serving your enTire needs"

We specialize in Agriculture and Hard-to-Find new
Firestone Tires reproduced 'Only' for us in
discontinued sizes and tread designs.
link here


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