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#1 Viper409 OFFLINE  

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Posted May 09, 2016 - 10:45 AM

Hello All,

 

New to GTTalk, but have been lurking for a while. I'm looking at picking up a Bolens 1254. It comes with a tiller, mower, blade, and snowblower. The seller is asking for $1025 CDN, and he says it was used about 2 months ago. The pictures he sent me show it attached to the snowblower still. He has all the linkages and shafts for the attachments.

 

I'm tempted to give him $750-900 for it all, considering it has all the major attachments.

 

I thought I'd chime in here to see what the experts thought, and if it was a good deal.1054 1.jpg 1054 2.jpg Attach 1.jpg


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Posted May 09, 2016 - 11:39 AM

Alot really depends on how well it runs and everything works. That looks like a Tecumseh OH120 engine. If it isn't running, the ignition can cost $400 US.  Look for leaks and listen for noises when it is running. The price is very location dependant. That package would be around $800 here but might not sell. The market for old tractors seems to be shrinking as there are fewer people to work on them. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted May 09, 2016 - 12:52 PM

Owner says it's all original, except for battery and one tire.

 

Didn't the 1254 originally come with a TRD-12A?



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Posted May 09, 2016 - 12:55 PM

Prices are generally higher in canada but it all comes down to what you feel comfortable paying

 

Tractor is complete with no hack jobs from what I can see, its a  nice looking machine minus the repaint someone did on the frame


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Posted May 09, 2016 - 01:26 PM

Owner says it's all original, except for battery and one tire.

Didn't the 1254 originally come with a TRD-12A?


Yes, the 1254 came with the Wisconsin TRA12D. Looks like the original Wisconsin Engine is still in this 1254. Overall it looks to be in pretty good shape and is complete.
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Posted May 09, 2016 - 02:51 PM

$1,025 Canadian is right in the ballpark of some I've seen

 

$1,025 canadian is around $790 US  $700 Canadian is around $540 US

 

Looks all original other than the Paint on the Tractor,snow blower and the gear box on the deck.Looks like it may have had a Charging issue recently because of the Brown Starter Generator and New Voltage regulator.

 

I see lots of other tractors and attachments in the background.Is that a Bolens rototiller attachment under that big white deck in the 1st pic?

 

I blew up the pic and cropped it but it's really blurry.

 

 

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Posted May 09, 2016 - 05:10 PM

I personally think it is at twice what it should start at for asking price.  



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Posted May 09, 2016 - 05:38 PM

I blew up the picture of the deck and there seem to be some pieces of the mounting linkage missing, but it is hard to tell. I agree that it looks like the original Wisconsin in it. I think Boyscout862 mistook the voltage regulator for the valve cover on the HH Tecumseh, it is in the same spot and does look similar. I think the offer that you are wanting to make sounds fair to me. I do know of another one that has been for sale for a while, not running and only a deck, no other attachments and a higher asking price ( Peterborough Kijiji).

 

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Posted May 09, 2016 - 09:02 PM

Welcome,as it's been said,location,condition,and what you are comfortable paying is all that counts,it is a nice package,keep us posted on what you decide

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Posted May 21, 2016 - 12:18 PM

I picked it up today for $850 CDN. The tractor is a 1254-03, serial no 66890.
The snowblower is a model 18538-01, serial 11368.
The tiller is a model 18xxx-02, unknown serial. The tag was too worn to read. I measured it and it is almost 29" from tine to tine.
The mower is a model 18423-01, serial 29078.
The blade is a model 18532-02, serial 4559.

I think it is a decent deal as everything seems to move and work. I can turn the mower PTO shaft by hand and all the blades turn. It will need some maintenance, as the oil is black, and it won't run at idle once it's warm.

One other thing, I couldn't find the freewheeling pin on the back. I know it's supposed to be on the right axle, but it's not there. I'll add some pictures of it later.
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Posted May 21, 2016 - 12:48 PM

Looks like a nice clean machine, considering how often these tractors come up in our neck of the woods and the condition everything appears to be I'd say you scored good.
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Posted May 21, 2016 - 02:00 PM

Looks like a decent deal considering the attachments and the condition everything is in - a word of caution - hidden somewhere there may be a "Bolens Bug" that you probably will never see.  If it bites you it is not fatal but it can result in the urge periodically to buy other Bolens tractors and attachments that may be hard to explain to other family members.  :(

 


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Posted May 21, 2016 - 06:26 PM

I've already been told that I need to get at least one more, so one of my boys can help me when they grow up. I could just get one tractor for each attachment, which would make life a little easier. :)
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Posted May 21, 2016 - 06:49 PM

Sounds like you got a good deal on a great machine. We would all love to see pictures when you get a chance. With regards to the free-wheel pin, it actually rotates with the wheel. You usually see pictures of it at the back of the axle, but it could be at the top, the bottom, the front or anywhere in between, I parked mine this afternoon and the pin was at the bottom *first picture), I backed it up a bit to put the pin at the top to show you what I mean (second picture). If you can't see yours it is probably facing forwards,

 

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Posted May 21, 2016 - 08:08 PM

I'll have to take a picture of the rear end to show you what it looks like.

I have a few maintenance related questions.

1. I ran the tiller today in my father-in-law's garden, and the engine kept dying when it hit a lot of hard soil. Also, it wouldn't run at full throttle, it sounded like the choke was on when I ran up the throttle. Is this carb, air, or gas related?

2. Is there any kind of adjustment that can be done on the clutch pedal? If I fully depress the pedal, the clutch doesn't fully disengage. Sometimes I need jam the gear in (which I don't like to do, grinds a bit). Other times, the clutch disengages enough to change gears without grinding.

3. What type of maintenance can be done in the gearbox for the mower? It spins freely by hand now, but does sound like it could use a disassemble and cleaning. I don't want to run it on the tractor and then destroy something.

I'm sure I will have lots of questions, and I know I'm in the right place.
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