I went over there with a 6 pack of beer today to talk about the tractors.
He bought the 1250 new, the other one is a bit newer, its got an S14D motor, vs the S12D in the 1250. I'm guessing its a later 1455 going by the info I found online.
The tiller don't look like its seen much use, the tines have surface rust but aren't worn at all.
The tiller spins free when I turn the PTO. The 1455 tractor is well used, it looks like he tried to fix or jury rig the ignition or wiring, the ignition swtich is broken and the plug and wires are removed, and most everything is unhooked at the motor.
The motor feels like its got strong compression though.
The tires on the 1455 are junk, all four are flat and the rear tires are split. I'd have to rim up some tires to move it.
The front tires have tubes, neither will take air.
Their sitting in a chicken coop with a concrete floor and appear to have been well protected from the weather for the most part.
I see where he's kept a small garden, maybe 50x50' or so, I assume that's why he had the tiller. The 1250 has a deck, the deck for the 1455 is apart and the gear box and spindles are missing and no where to be found. He don't remember where they went or if they were just scrapped. The deck shell is fine. I actually have no use for a deck, I don't cut grass, I want this thing for garden and yard work.
My ideal situation will be the tiller on the back of the 1250 with the FEL up front. The rest I don't much care about.
I don't see a points housing on the S14D, so my guess is that it uses some oddball ignition set up.
I mentioned that "I've got $1500 to spend on a toy to use in the garden", but he just laughed and said he turned down $1500 for the loader itself. From the sound of it he values the loader as much as or more than the tractors. I think he realizes the tractors need work but the loader will fit just about anything.
I looked at other larger Bolens with loaders in the past, but who ever mounted this one did a pretty neat job, instead of just bolting the brackets on each side, they ran custom made supports under the frame to hold the loader. They then cut into fender pan and made the loader mounts the foot rests as well. Its super solid looking and it don't appear to affect anything else.Who ever did it also added a lot of strength to the chassis that way. (There's also a second fender pan there so if the loader is removed a stock pan is there to install. I'm not sure about a deck though but he said it still fits and works fine. The 1250 has part of a 3pt hitch but no linkage to lift the hitch arms? Something is missing to connect the lower arms to the lift ram somehow. They have the lower arms connected to a chain, holding a weight box in place. He also said there's some new parts for the 1250, something is broken in the front PTO lever, there's a rod, spring, and some small parts there for it. He's also got a bunch of Brinly attachments but he won't let those go with the Bolens tractors since the fit his current tractor.
I'm sort of thinking he's looking for more than $2K for the lot, maybe more. My thinking is that I can get a full size farm tractor for less money, I looked at a few Ferguson TO-20 machines for under $900, but that only works if I can find attachments cheap and that don't give me a small loader.
He did mention that he needs some work done around the property, including some welding and one building needs some repairs, so maybe I can work a deal there too.
I told him I'd stop by again this week after he had some time to think about it.