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#1 makeitfit OFFLINE  

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Posted January 26, 2013 - 02:07 AM

I stumbled on an all but forgotten looking Bolens 1250 with a Johnson loader on it, its sitting in a barn about 3 miles from me. The owner is an old gentleman that's lived there for 60 years, he bought it new. He said it hasn't moved in 30 years, but it ran fine when he was last able to run it. He's in his 90's now but sharp as a tack.

Its not abused looking, but dusty, the motor is free but the fuel system is gummed up pretty bad, it was put away with a full tank, which has all but turned to varnish.
There's a plow, snow blower, deck, and some other spare parts. He's also got a later model Bolens, but it has no model on it, its burgundy in color and has a rear rototiller. He said that quit running a few years ago, he seemed to think it lost spark. It has good compression and feels like it should still run. The tires on the burgundy tractor are pretty dryrotted, those on the 1250 look decent. There's also a weight box on the 1250, and he's got a brand new pair of loader lugs wrapped up for the 1250 on matching rims, as well as two sets of 15" wheel weights.

 

He said if he sells it it'll be an all or nothing deal, he won't break up the lot.
What would be a fair offer? He seems pretty up on what things sell for so I don't think a lowball offer will fly.

What would you sell the lot for it were yours?

 

Sorry, no pics yet If I buy the lot, I'll have loads of pics to post. It'll take several trailer loads to get it all home.


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Posted January 26, 2013 - 02:29 AM

That sounds like a heck of a package deal if you can come together on a price. Maybe offer him a grand and see what he says. I don't follow the large frames that much, so I can't really say. Just remember you can always go up, but its hard to come down in price.


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Posted January 26, 2013 - 07:35 AM

Sounds like a great find! Hope you can work it out!

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Posted January 26, 2013 - 07:47 AM

Can't give you any idea on price but if it looks like it was taken care of I seem to have better luck buying one owner tractors , cars ect . Al



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Posted January 26, 2013 - 08:43 AM

Condition is everything, so pics would help.

 

Things to consider:

 

Johnson Loaders in good shape will regularly go in the $1,500.00 range in eBay.

 

A set of rear wheel weight are in the $125.00 range.  Since those are the 15" ones, maybe higher than that.

 

A new set of tires, not cheap these days.

 

Tiller in decent condition, $200.00-300.00

 

Front blade $75-125.00

 

If I was selling that I wouldn't hesitate to ask $2,500.00 and be a bit flexible.

 

Buying, I'd start at $1,500.00 and expect to negotiate from there


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Posted January 26, 2013 - 09:16 AM

I totally agree with Old Buzzard. If he wants a little more than you want to pay maybe you can get both of them. Good Luck, I sounds like a great find. Unfortunately if it was me I'd also be asking about his history and what he did in WWII. You never know what you will learn. I had an aunt who was a real Rosie the Riveter in the Kansas City Plant.


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Posted January 26, 2013 - 09:23 AM

I agree that you should begin at $1500.  It could be worth more, but as said, without pics it's hard to say. Gonna be lots of work to get them running, and likely some expense too. 30 years is not kind to all the hoses and they get expensive.  But if you have a need for a FEL, then I would go for it.



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Posted January 26, 2013 - 09:57 AM

I totally agree with Old Buzzard. If he wants a little more than you want to pay maybe you can get both of them. Good Luck, I sounds like a great find. Unfortunately if it was me I'd also be asking about his history and what he did in WWII. You never know what you will learn. I had an aunt who was a real Rosie the Riveter in the Kansas City Plant.

I agree, those that lived through it seem to have much more to share than what gets edited into the history books. Good luck on the purchase too, quite a find !


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Posted January 26, 2013 - 10:08 AM

I agree, $1,500.00 is a good place to start. Maybe you will shock him with that offer and he'll tell you to load them up.

 

I'm with Daniel, It could be very expensive to get them back to good usable shape, so keep that in mind.

 

Good Luck !! :thumbs:


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Posted January 26, 2013 - 11:41 AM

wish it i was closer to me i would be very interested, but i would tell him to price it then go from there might surprise you i've done real good in dealing  this way .   go for it    in Christ bobby


Edited by goodnews, January 26, 2013 - 11:42 AM.


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Posted January 26, 2013 - 01:35 PM

Yes, I also prefer the seller start the pricing.  I hate tossing out a price on someone else's stuff.  You can overpay, or you can insult.  Better you get shocked than he!


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Posted January 26, 2013 - 01:49 PM

Yes, I also prefer the seller start the pricing.  I hate tossing out a price on someone else's stuff.  You can overpay, or you can insult.  Better you get shocked than he!

As do I, but sometimes you absolutely cannot get a seller to co-operate :mad2:

 

That happened with the 1886FL, so I REALLY insulted him with an opening offer of $500.00 :bigrofl:  :bigrofl:  :bigrofl:


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Posted January 26, 2013 - 05:34 PM

Its better to be pissed off than pissed on.



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Posted January 27, 2013 - 02:23 PM

IMO, convincing seller somehow of your genuine interest to give it care and a good home could help, profit might not be his only concern as its been sitting for 30yrs.? kinda leanin toward Goodnews' approach. Good Luck



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Posted January 27, 2013 - 03:54 PM

any news?? have you gone by yet?? Inquiring minds are interested. :thumbs:  Man I hope it works out for you!






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