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#1 jtrojek OFFLINE  

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Posted August 25, 2016 - 06:15 PM

I re-stumbled upon this today. The fellow is thinking about selling it (hasn't made up his mind yet) but doesn't know what they typically go for. What does a rig like this in this condition typically go for? It looks decent to me. Engine isn't seized, spark plug wire is ripped off, don't know where the crank is. Other than that, I can't tell you anything except that it's been sitting for a long, long time. Anything else you guys see that's wrong with it? I'm thinking of making him an offer somewhere in the fair market value ballpark. I'm debating. What kind of price range is fair market value for something like this? Thanks.

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Posted August 25, 2016 - 06:45 PM

I have no idea on values but I do know its a great find, the plow attachment is also a good find as these are usually found without the attachments and those are harder to find than the machines

There are a couple walkbehind guys here that can give you some more info


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Posted August 25, 2016 - 07:44 PM

The interesting thing to me is has Briggs model R2 on it  This model the DQ should have a model Q on it.  The R and Q are very similar but they have different carburetors on them the one on this tractor has correct R carb on it. As far as I know no Bolens walk behind came factory with a R engine on it. On the other hand this engine sure looks original and has Bolens name on tank, so who knows what may have happened. Very nice example of early Bolens tractor maybe Canada only ? 


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Posted August 25, 2016 - 07:46 PM

That one looks to have been sitting outside for awhile Looks to be all there It's a DQ Bolens Always hard to put a value on something but I wouldn't pay more than $300 for one in that condition You need to really look that machine over they are notorious for having busted castings on the frame down by the wheel yokes hurts the value some Lots of factors involved when pricing these does have the ID tag which is nice
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Posted August 25, 2016 - 07:48 PM

The interesting thing to me is has Briggs model R2 on it  This model the DQ should have a model Q on it.  The R and Q are very similar but they have different carburetors on them the one on this tractor has correct R carb on it. As far as I know no Bolens walk behind came factory with a R engine on it. On the other hand this engine sure looks original and has Bolens name on tank, so who knows what may have happened. Very nice example of early Bolens tractor maybe Canada only ?

mine has a r engine on it as well The late model DQ's came with R engines This makes the third one I have seen with an R
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Posted August 25, 2016 - 07:52 PM

so the fellow is thinking about selling it? obviously he doesn't care about it it's been rotting into the earth for how long under the tarp, and few more years it will be total junk, hopefully you get soon

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Posted August 26, 2016 - 01:20 AM

 I wouldn't pay more than $300 for one in that condition

 

Good gravy I was thinking maybe $100 if the carb didn't look to bad.Never seen one quite that big around here tough.

 

The drive chains look to be pretty solid.Going to be a challenge to load up without a couple nice wide planks and a winch or a tractor with a loader lol.


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Posted August 26, 2016 - 06:42 AM

That R2 B&S engine (serial # 1824) was built in October, 1930.


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Posted August 26, 2016 - 08:03 AM

A Bolens machine was made by Gilson?



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Posted August 26, 2016 - 11:04 AM

Nice little living room conversation piece once it's restored



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Posted August 26, 2016 - 11:12 AM

I'd buy it as is for parts $100.00 and go from there once you get into it. Everyone puts a different value on this stuff. If it were restored or a good running original it would be easier to put a price on it (I think)



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Posted August 26, 2016 - 09:20 PM

Good gravy I was thinking maybe $100 if the carb didn't look to bad.Never seen one quite that big around here tough.
 
The drive chains look to be pretty solid.Going to be a challenge to load up without a couple nice wide planks and a winch or a tractor with a loader lol.

. You have to think about the value of the engine that's where the money is at tractor by itself had very little value
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Posted August 27, 2016 - 05:23 AM

Thanks for your input, everyone.  I appreciate it.  I'll see what I can do, see if I can talk him into selling it and for a reasonable amount.  It sounds like I wasn't too far off in my own feelings as to its value.  I will keep you posted, but I would suspect that nothing will happen any time soon.  We'll see though.  Mostly I just don't want to see it waste away any more than it already is.  Thanks again.


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Posted August 27, 2016 - 02:38 PM

A Bolens machine was made by Gilson?

 

Not built by Gilson.   

You need to read up on bolens history.   :poke:



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Posted August 27, 2016 - 03:19 PM

Sorry, I was just reading the tag.






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