My brother made the 200 mile round trip trek from Minnesota to Wisconsin to retrieve the latest addition to my Bolens stablemates.
My acquisition was a 1969 1225 found on Craigslist. The PO only used it for winter snow removal so it has the snow caster installed, although it did come with a 42" mower deck as well. It is equipped with a cab which was removed for transport (the cab had a blasphemy stenciled on it ("SNAPPER")). Old Buzzard, I'll get with you on "Bolens" doors for the cab. Even though he had never used the mower deck, the PO took the deck to a mower shop, had the blades sharpened, belt and bearings checked and lubed after I agreed to buy the tractor. He also included all the operators manuals and parts manuals for the snowthrower, mower deck and tractor. He told my brother he considered selling them separately as there seems to be a number of collectors interested in them (REALLY?). I'm pretty happy with my $475.00 investment.
That gives me two of the three largest offerings Bolens had for the 1969 model year. Not sure I understand the why of the 1250, I know it has the Eaton 12 vs Eaton 10 in the 1225, but I still don't get it.
On the G10, I have rebuilt the entire clutch mechanism which was so worn out it was literally falling apart. It's perfect now thanks to many parts purchased from Bob, but quite a chore to accomplish. Although it starts well and runs well I am not a big fan of the Tecumseh engine, so I'm happy to have Wisconsins in the 1225 and 1455 (198-02).
Therefore, I have decided to drag the G10 back to Minnesota (yes a little over a year ago I dragged it from Wisconsin to Minnesota to California UGGHHH!), and give it to my brother for a birthday present after I complete some cleaning and painting. He's never had a L&G Tractor, never needed one until he moved to Big Lake. He's 11 years older than me so I am happy to give him something to make especially snow removal a little easier for him. I'll leave the 1225's snowthrower and chains for the G10 and drag the 1455, 1225, another 900 and Airens Model B rotor tiller (crap that's in Indiana), back to California in August, ROAD TRIP!.
The 1225 this A.M.