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Posted May 21, 2012 - 11:46 AM

I am looking at this 1256 off craigslist. What would be a fair value for this if it runs well? I don't know anything about hydrostatic or this model. It is repowered so what should I look for if I contact this person about the tractor?

http://buffalo.craig...3012028379.html

If I did get it, it would just be a work horse for mowing the lawn, snow removal from the driveway etc.

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Posted May 21, 2012 - 12:21 PM

I haven't owned a Bolens yet, But If it were me I would jump on that one.
I just got my 1st hydro GT (MF12) and I love the hydro, I wish all my GT's were hydro now lol.
The other thing is from everything I see on here, Bolens are a Great GT!
Our Bolens Pro's will be along soon,I have a feeling they will agree.
Good luck with it if you do decide to get it! :thumbs:

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Posted May 21, 2012 - 12:52 PM

I am looking at this 1256 off craigslist. What would be a fair value for this if it runs well? I don't know anything about hydrostatic or this model. It is repowered so what should I look for if I contact this person about the tractor?

http://buffalo.craig...3012028379.html

If I did get it, it would just be a work horse for mowing the lawn, snow removal from the driveway etc.


There have been a couple of weigh ins' on this, see; http://gardentractor...ens-2-for-1-ny/

I guess it'll come down to the art of negotiation, I'm still a newb, you're bound to get some more answers as the man just said. Either way, happy hunting 2u.

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Posted May 21, 2012 - 01:51 PM

Thanks. I didn't even check that forum to see if anything was posted. :bash: The add on craiglist says $550 for just the 1256. Honestly, I am kinda just looking for a good hydrostatic tubeframe that my attachements can fit on that I will have to do little to. I just need a good tractor so I can do a restore on my 1050 and I saw this come up. I know it is not original engine, but how good are those K301 engines? Also what are the Eaton 10's rates for? I can't seem to find any info on them using google.

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Posted May 21, 2012 - 02:58 PM

If you want a good working tractor its not that bad of a deal. The 1256 is a great tractor as I used to own one years ago and sold it :wallbanging: (Wish I never did)

Looking at this tractor from a collector standpoint I would say he is asking too much money for it. If it doesn't have its original engine in it and it has parts modified (Hood cut up) it's only worth a couple hundred In my opinion.

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Posted May 21, 2012 - 03:12 PM

How would it be compared to say a HT14 or HT16? Which one(s) is/are the better ones? I honestly don't mind repowered, but if I had to repower it, I would have put in maybe an 18hp engine. Can the 1256 or the others take a 3 point? Where can I find the specs on the Eaton 10? I looked through the manual in the mauals secton but it did not have specs such as max HP, psi and flow rate (gpm) for the hydraulic connections.

Sorry for all the questions. I just want to figure out if this is for me or not.

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Posted May 21, 2012 - 03:31 PM

The Tubeframes were never meant to take a 3PT hitch, just a sleeve hitch.
The hydro static tubeframes all used the same Eaton 10 Hydro transmission.
If you were to re-power, I think an 18 HP would be more than enough to do any tasks you would want to do. The 12HP Wisconsin that originally was in that 1256 had all the power you needed.
The later models such as the H14 and H16 used a Tecumseh engine. I'm not a big fan of Tecumseh, so If I were looking for a hydro Bolens I would look for one with the wisconsin engine in it.

I believe at the test facility the Eaton's were tested up to 50HP

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Posted May 21, 2012 - 03:49 PM

Thanks for all that info. I guess they are similare to the Eaton 11 maybe? How good are the K301 engines? Would it be worth selling the K301 and getting a Wisconson?

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Posted May 21, 2012 - 03:56 PM

Having never owned a Kohler K301 I cant say how good of an engine they are.

I'm not really sure if the Eaton 11 will work on a tubeframe. I know they were used on the later XL and Q series...

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Posted May 21, 2012 - 04:33 PM

I would not put an Eaton 11 in a tubeframe, it's just seems the 10 is discontinued and Google brings up mostly Bolens info for the 10. I was just wondering if they were similar and if the 11 over took the 10 for some reason such as reliability or outdated design. I would keep the 10 in a tubeframe.

I think with all the info I have, I would like to get a 1256 at some point, but this one might be a little too much and not what I want. If I could get a decent running one for $200 or so it seems like that would be ideal.

Thanks for all the help.

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Posted May 21, 2012 - 08:15 PM

Dang! My wife actually kinda wants me to get it so I can take more time on the 1050. :mecry:

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Posted May 22, 2012 - 06:41 AM

I'm with Brian. If you are just looking for a "working tractor", that is a decent deal. If you are looking for a "collectible/restorable", it's a bit high because of the engine and chopped up hood.

The K301 engine was used in a number of the older GTs (Cub Cadets, Case, Deere,etc), so it's probably not all that bad. It's kinda like the Ford/Chevy/MoPar arguments. Everyone has their favorite.

On top of that...if the wife wants you to get it...well, I know what I'd do :laughingteeth:

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Posted May 22, 2012 - 07:27 AM

I'd be making space for the 1000, to me, that'd be a worthy rescue and possible great future project...approval from the boss?.ohhboy! :smilewink:

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Posted May 23, 2012 - 08:56 AM

As much as I like it, I think it might be too much. If it was $400 I might bite.

I saw this one just pop up on craigslist.

http://buffalo.craig...3031730479.html

I can't tell which model it is so I don't know if I can use my mower deck with it. It does come with a snow caster which I already have the older model 36". Is the newer 38" snow thrower better?

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Posted May 23, 2012 - 06:45 PM

As much as I like it, I think it might be too much. If it was $400 I might bite.

I saw this one just pop up on craigslist.

http://buffalo.craig...3031730479.html

I can't tell which model it is so I don't know if I can use my mower deck with it. It does come with a snow caster which I already have the older model 36". Is the newer 38" snow thrower better?


That one looks to be one of the earlier Hydro's like a 1225, 1256
This one also is missing its original engine and appears to be a "parts and pieces" tractor.
The round back snow casters were better designed to throw snow farther than the original yellow and red "square backed" units.
I'm also wondering why there is a pan under the tractor..... Possible hydro leak ????
I wouldnt go more than $150 on that one




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