Western, WA here. JustinR who is another big Bolens collector is in Eastern, WA.
You are totally right. Bolens tractors and vintage OPE for that matter are a lot less plentiful on the west coast.
For fun, every now and then I do a Craigslist search in an area in the mid west or east coast and it's a night and day difference compared to the results that register in those areas vs here. It's not uncommon to see multiple models of the same tractor type listed at the same time in one county in these parts of the country; take your pick. Not to mention, prices are typically a lot lower too. A machine that you might see listed for $400 in NY would probably be listed for $800 or more here. The selection of anything Bolens related (or vintage OPE) is much slimmer on the west coast and is usually higher priced. While I don't have that large of a collection compared to some, a lot of my vintage OPE was shipped from places out of state because of these reasons.
Part of the reason why this may be is because the west coast is newer territory.
Edited by Austen, July 20, 2016 - 01:20 PM.