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#1 mechanic's wife OFFLINE  

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Posted July 22, 2015 - 01:12 AM

My husband is getting ready to sell his antique Bolens tractor with a mower deck and snow blower.  It starts and runs well.  We are pretty sure it's a model 1253, but if any of you can verify that we would very much appreciate it.  Also, if you have an idea of the value that would be helpful too.  Thanks!

 

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Posted July 22, 2015 - 05:53 AM

Welcome to GTT. Find the ID tag to check the model. A running tube frame with blower runs about $200 to $500 in my area but yours may be different. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted July 22, 2015 - 06:02 AM

Hello, welcome to GTtalk, pricing something out on here REALLY can get some guys knicker's in a twist! You have a gear drive tube frame, should have a Wisconsin engine if it's a 1253, IMO their better engine choice of all their TF models, few more pics ,under the hood, of the mower deck etc. would help.

Check the tri state Craigslist adds for similar , ebay as well, give you an idea although some are priced unrealistically and don't sell because of it.

So... here it goes, IMO an asking price of $400-$600 should get you started and serious inquiries and offers shall be up to your consideration. This tractor ( don't hold me to a date) is in the 40yr old + area and unless pristine are fairly common in the condition I see in your pic. Good luck on your potential sale.

Sorry , read on, Tecumseh engine

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Posted July 22, 2015 - 06:58 AM

I would go on your local craigslist and see what others are selling for in your area. It seems to vary by area and by what someone is willing to pay. I've paid  more than others for something that I really wanted.


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Posted July 22, 2015 - 07:20 AM

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Posted July 22, 2015 - 09:23 AM

 ... should have a Wisconsin engine if it's a 1253...

 

 

 

 

The 1970 Model 1253-01 and 1253-02 tractors were equipped with a Tecumseh HH120 engine.

 

The 1253 was a one-year model (1970). 


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Posted July 22, 2015 - 09:57 AM

You are correct. 1253 has a Tecumseh HH 120

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Posted July 22, 2015 - 11:46 AM

My husband is getting ready to sell his antique Bolens tractor with a mower deck and snow blower. 

Why would he want to get rid of it now? He just found us! :welcome:


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Posted July 22, 2015 - 03:47 PM

Looks like its got a Honda to me....   Never payed over $350 for any tube frame I have. 


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Posted July 22, 2015 - 06:39 PM

Looks like its got a Honda to me....  

 

After enlarging the pic, I think you're right !!

 

Thanks for catching that.


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Posted July 22, 2015 - 06:40 PM

Any particular reason for selling? If your thinking about buying a new mower you may not be making a good choice in my opinion!

That tractor will last another 40 years if maintained!


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Posted July 27, 2015 - 01:09 PM

Hello, welcome to GTtalk, pricing something out on here REALLY can get some guys knicker's in a twist! You have a gear drive tube frame, should have a Wisconsin engine if it's a 1253, IMO their better engine choice of all their TF models, few more pics ,under the hood, of the mower deck etc. would help.

Check the tri state Craigslist adds for similar , ebay as well, give you an idea although some are priced unrealistically and don't sell because of it.

So... here it goes, IMO an asking price of $400-$600 should get you started and serious inquiries and offers shall be up to your consideration. This tractor ( don't hold me to a date) is in the 40yr old + area and unless pristine are fairly common in the condition I see in your pic. Good luck on your potential sale.

Sorry , read on, Tecumseh engine

Sorry if this isn't the right place to ask these questions.  I thought I was coming to experts for help...not trying to get anybody's knickers in a twist!  Everything is original on it (to the best of our knowledge) but the engine.  It was replaced with a Briggs & Stratton.



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Posted July 27, 2015 - 02:06 PM

The 1970 Model 1253-01 and 1253-02 tractors were equipped with a Tecumseh HH120 engine.

 

The 1253 was a one-year model (1970). 

The engine was replaced with a Briggs & Stratton because we couldn't find parts.  The rest is original to the best of our recollection.


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Posted July 27, 2015 - 02:08 PM

Why would he want to get rid of it now? He just found us! :welcome:

He doesn't have the room to store it properly.



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Posted July 27, 2015 - 02:33 PM

I hope that you kept the original engine. Including it with the Bolens will make it more appealling to a collector. The parts can be expensive but they are around. The old Bolens are better built than anything made today. The pricing thing is a sensitive subject because there are so many variables. Many sellers are misleading about condition. Giving out prices can make all prices increase(which angers some). Local prices can vary greatly across the North East. A GT along the Long Island Coast may be several times more expensive than in the northern hills. The chances of being wrong are great when estimating value. I gave an estimate based on what I see in my area, it may well be wrong for your area. Recently, I'm seeing a slight decline in prices for GTs in my area because the market is flooded with Lawn Tractors and most people don't know the difference. I bought a nonrunning TF for $50 a month ago. Be patient and Good Luck, Rick


See this new thread: http://gardentractor...new-to-me-1054/

Edited by boyscout862, July 27, 2015 - 06:56 PM.

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