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bolens 1253 snowblower antique clasic

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#1 gmitch12967 OFFLINE  

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Posted January 10, 2017 - 07:08 PM

my brother in law has come across a bolens 1253 tractor with a snow blower it looks all original except being rewired by someone all the details are in the pics . it runs great fires right up no smoking drives great steering is tight,wheel weights, no deck.

 

we are looking to see what it is worth and then eventually sell it after its value is determined , if you need more info just ask me .

 

thanks george

 

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Posted January 10, 2017 - 07:52 PM

Welcome, even if it's a brief interlude.

Well.... somewhat touchy subject, best to have a number between three and maybe seven in your head add a few zeros and go from there. What something is worth is so super speculative based on location, market, what somebody is willing to pay.

You should have a starting point money wise and be open to reasonable offers, without that a lot of people will just ignore, remember you can always back up on your price, the secret is don't so over price it nobody takes you serious.

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Posted January 10, 2017 - 08:17 PM

Welcome to GTT. Your 1253 was produced in 1970. The engine being a Tecumseh. They are out of business since 2008. Tecumseh HH120

    gasoline   1-cylinder   air-cooled   453 cc [27.66ci ]       Bore/Stroke: 3.50x2.875 inches [89 x 73 mm] Power: 12 hp [8.9 kW] Rated RPM: 3600 Starter: electric Starter volts: 12

 

Availability to replacement parts is next to nil anymore. As for the rest of the tractor it's a good machine. As for the Sno-Caster, what model is it and its condition? I just overhauled a 18538 that I picked up in a package with a 1050 (Wisconsin TRA-10D motor) and mower deck for $100.00.


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Posted January 10, 2017 - 11:10 PM

thank both of you for your information , as for what MyBolens1053 asked about the blower i am not sure the model but i will find out but it works great we tried it and it works great. and what WrenchingOnit stated he was thinkg 800 to 1000 i think that's to much and was thinking more in the 600 range , as for location we are 45 miles east of pittsburgh  (derry/blairsville pa) and we cant find any of these machines any where around here at all


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Posted January 11, 2017 - 12:26 AM

Say what !

.....and what WrenchingOnit stated he was thinkg 800 to 1000.....

 

Me say:

... best to have a number between three and maybe seven in your head add a few zeros and go from there...


I could be made to forfeit my knowledge of the Bolens secret hand shake , and turn in my Husky decoder ring
800- 1000 YEE YIKES! a number between three and seven and add a few zeros = 400 or 500 or 600 ... bingo.

Blairsville = Deans Diner... yum...

Good luck with your sale, you have your starting point.
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Posted January 11, 2017 - 09:53 AM

My appoligies i ment to say my brother in law was saying 800 to 1000 not " wrenchingonit " that was completely my fault sorry
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Posted January 11, 2017 - 10:51 AM

I'd second $5-600.  It's a clean machine and I have a thing for Bolens, but they are hard to find parts for.  Great machines though.


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Posted January 11, 2017 - 01:47 PM

Guys there are parts out there,just need to look around,we have some sponsors on here that would be glad to help out,ya some stuff is getting a little pricey,but your still better fixing these machines than going out to the big box stores and buying there junk that you might get 4-5 years out of it
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Posted January 11, 2017 - 03:29 PM

I could be made to forfeit my knowledge of the Bolens secret hand shake , and turn in my Husky decoder ring
 

Does your decoder ring look like this or do you have the "Deluxe" version?

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Posted January 11, 2017 - 03:32 PM

Does your decoder ring look like this or do you have the "Deluxe" version?


Man that's IT! Stew, I wish I could figure it out, Ralphie made the use of the Little Orphan Annie one look so simple... Pierre Andre probably gone....no help there.

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Posted January 11, 2017 - 05:34 PM

I really dont know I need to see it in person kinda looks spray bombed?



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Posted January 11, 2017 - 05:46 PM

I do agree it does looks to be rattle canned at some point in its life, if you look close



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Posted January 11, 2017 - 05:48 PM

Guys there are parts out there,just need to look around,we have some sponsors on here that would be glad to help out,ya some stuff is getting a little pricey,but your still better fixing these machines than going out to the big box stores and buying there junk that you might get 4-5 years out of it

You are right, but for the same money a Cub Cadet will do the work and the parts are available absolutely everywhere save for some rarer options.  I love me a Bolens tube frame but I do not want to work on a Wisconsin.  Most guys bent on Bolens buy them at half that price (my last 1254 I got with a tiller for $50), and most guys that will pay $600 will consider another brand for the same money that will do the same work.  So really the competition isn't just other Bolens tractors, it is all other tractors. 



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Posted January 11, 2017 - 06:34 PM

i talked to my brother in-law and told him about all your input and he says he will take 600 but wants to start at 800 for the people that always wants it cheaper , and thank you all again for your knowledgeable input. 



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Posted January 11, 2017 - 08:46 PM

You are right, but for the same money a Cub Cadet will do the work and the parts are available absolutely everywhere save for some rarer options. I love me a Bolens tube frame but I do not want to work on a Wisconsin. Most guys bent on Bolens buy them at half that price (my last 1254 I got with a tiller for $50), and most guys that will pay $600 will consider another brand for the same money that will do the same work. So really the competition isn't just other Bolens tractors, it is all other tractors.


I think you will find that the Kohler parts are just as pricey as the Wisconsin parts,IMO
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