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#1 Moosetales OFFLINE  

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Posted September 09, 2013 - 12:02 PM

I'm going out today to look at this Bolens. It comes with tiller, mower and snow blade. The seller reportedly bought it a year ago from the original owner (in his 80s) and has used it to till his garden. He reports no problems. He has all manuals for the tractor and attachments.

 

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I've seen a few of you all have 1668s knocking around your sheds. What are the pros/cons of this model? If all checks out she'll be in my driveway this evening. Thanks.

 

 


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Posted September 09, 2013 - 02:19 PM

Pro: its a Bolens, it looks in good condition, it has a B&S engine, hydraulic lift, Eaton 11 and Bolens transaxle. I can't think of any cons because I've never owned any of the newer types. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted September 09, 2013 - 03:01 PM

Pro: its a Bolens, it looks in good condition, it has a B&S engine, hydraulic lift, Eaton 11 and Bolens transaxle. I can't think of any cons because I've never owned any of the newer types. Good Luck, Rick


How does $600 sound to you for the package? I'll know one way or the other in about 2 hours. Thanks.
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Posted September 09, 2013 - 03:37 PM

If it is all in good working condition then that seem like a fair to good deal. $400 would be a real good deal. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted September 09, 2013 - 06:02 PM

I learned a valuable lesson today. The seller offered to haul the tractor to a town closer to me than him and was willing to haul it the rest of the way to my home for the price of the tractor.

We arrived on time and it took less than 5 minutes for me to know it was not the tractor for me. I would not have anticipated the level of pressure I felt due to feeling badly that he'd driven as far as he had all but to turn around and head home. He knew going into it that it was not a for sure deal but still it was pressure.

Ahead of giving him the bad news I pulled a $20 out of my pocket and handed it to him so he didn't leave empy handed.

Lesson learned, I'll do the driving next time so I'm free to make the right call. Now off to the next adventure.
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Posted September 10, 2013 - 07:40 AM

Was it in the condition advertised? Good Luck, Rick



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Posted September 10, 2013 - 02:40 PM

Was it in the condition advertised? Good Luck, Rick

 

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The seller's ad stated, "Bolens tractor with rototiller, 46" mower deck, and 42" plow, runs and goes great, more pictures upon request." In all fairness the minimal info provided in the ad matched the tractor fairly closely. What appears to have happened was a miscommunication/misunderstanding on the phone. I asked whether the tractor was equipped with hydraulics to lift the tiller, mower and front mounted attachments and the seller assured me it had hydraulics. I won't go as far as saying he mislead me it just appears to be something that got lost in translation over the cell airwaves.

 

We both met in Augusta knowing that it was not a "done deal" and that it may not end in a sale but I could not in good conscience send him home empty handed. I try my best to avoid hard feelings. I learned long ago the benefits of not burning bridges even when I'm fairly certain I'll never need to cross that bridge again.

 

Just got an email from a guy about a Yanmar....so as they say, one door closes and another one opens. Lord knows I try to steer my life in the direction I think is best but the good Lord keeps having to remind me that He's in charge not me and He's proven time and time again that He knows best.


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Posted September 10, 2013 - 03:38 PM

You can say that again.  Good Luck, Rick


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Posted September 10, 2013 - 07:59 PM

Just out of curiosity, what DIDN"T it have?


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Posted September 10, 2013 - 08:55 PM

Just out of curiosity, what DIDN"T it have?


Hydro lift.

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Posted September 10, 2013 - 09:32 PM

Hydro lift.

??????????????

 

The 1668 (1600H) had a hydro trans and hydro lift.

 

Was it maybe a 1667 (1600G) with the 4 speed and manual lift?


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Posted September 11, 2013 - 07:14 AM

??????????????

The 1668 (1600H) had a hydro trans and hydro lift.

Was it maybe a 1667 (1600G) with the 4 speed and manual lift?


It could have been. That's why I confirmed (or at least I thought I had) it had hydro lifts. Oh well.

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Posted September 11, 2013 - 07:33 AM

You did the right thing by sending him away with a 20. I know what you mean by the pressure. Some people don't mind it but I'm also one who feels it. In the end it's not the right tractor for you and you are much better off minus the 20$ than you would be with a tractor you don't really want. 


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Posted September 11, 2013 - 08:53 AM

You did the right thing by sending him away with a 20. I know what you mean by the pressure. Some people don't mind it but I'm also one who feels it. In the end it's not the right tractor for you and you are much better off minus the 20$ than you would be with a tractor you don't really want.


Thanks! Glad I'm not the only one out there who feels this way. Strength in numbers, right?
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