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Posted December 02, 2013 - 04:13 AM
The op needs to search outside of his area, as someone who has lived here for 40+ years, its not a Bolens area. Large frames just don't turn up often here. You would have to go well into PA or further west to get a good selection. While I'm sure there's a barn find or two left here you would pretty much have to wait for someone to die to find them at some auction or estate sale.
Most people who have a LF Bolens have it because they either need it or they are so in love with it they would never sell.
I can count on one hand how many Large frame Bolens tractors I've seen around here and I've owned three of them.
Tube frames are a different story, there always seems to be a well used or derelict 1050 for sale on CL or in the local paper here usually in need of some major repair.
Personally, I always felt the LF models would have been better with a geared transmission, I've never been convinced about hydrostatic drive. Especially for ground engagement work.
Posted December 02, 2013 - 11:07 AM
I think the Tube Frame would be the best route to go - you can't beat the price and you could always repower one cheaply. As for the tiller.. it may not be as strong as the Large frame tiller.. but I would think it could get the job done without issue. I also agree with the geared transmission - I don't understand why Bolens didn't offer a geared model of the LF? I wonder if they ever experimented with the idea?