I wasn't sure if this could go here or if it should be in the Craigslist/eBay Finds forum? Anyways, at the risk of potentially losing out on these to someone else, I wanted to share this with the group to see what others thought about this. I found someone selling TWO Bolens Large Frame 1256 Hydrostatic tractors on eBay. Here is the listing (that is currently ended):
This guy has listed these tractors for sale on eBay twice now over the past 3 weeks or so and they have still not sold yet. I thought he was asking a bit much for them, but then again they are TWO decent, supposedly working tractors. I am assuming they have not sold yet because of his price and he seems to not be willing to lower his price at all. The last time he listed it, I put in a best offer to him for $750 stating that I lived in NY and it would be a hell of a long drive to pick them up. So, I thought I was offering a more than fair price for these tractors considering it is like a 12-13 hour drive one way to go pick them up PLUS, I would have to rent a truck and trailer to go pick them up, so it would probably cost me somewhere in the neighborhood of $500-$800 in travel costs just to pick them up! However, he did not even respond back to my offer and let it expire without even counter-offering anything back. (I hate when people do that and they list their item as a "Buy-It-Now with Best Offer" but then refuse to sell it for anything below their asking price!)
So, what are some of your guys' thoughts on this? What do you think is a fair price for this package? Is it worth it or should I wait for something a little closer to me to come up? I did buy a Bolens 1250 tractor a couple of years ago that I was planning on trying to restore, but it looks to be in a lot rougher shape than I originally thought and will take more time to get working. These tractors (or at least one of them) look to be in working condition right now, so I would at least have something usable for now while I'm working on getting the 1250 up and running. (I know, lame rationalization for further expanding my Bolens herd, which is already pretty large for what I actually need! lol...)
Also, what are some of the differences between the 1250 and 1256 models? Which one is the "better" tractor? (I know the 1250 was the first Large Frame model and the first Hydrostatic tractor that Bolens made...)
On a side note, I also found this tractor on eBay, but this guy wants even MORE money for this tractor and it is only ONE tractor, not two, lol... Here is the listing:
This one is a Bolens 1886, which I think was the last Large Frame model before the HT series tractors? It looks similar to the 1250 and 1256 tractors anyways. This one looks in pretty nice shape and comes with a blade and supposedly a mower deck, but there are no pictures of the mower deck in the listing. It does look like a nice tractor, but his asking price of over $2,000 does seem pretty damn steep for what you get with it and considering it is not in fully restored show-quality condition or anything!
I'd appreciate any feedback on these items, what you guys think of them, and what "fair prices" should be for these tractors.
(I also included some photos of the tractors below you can check out in case the listings get taken down or the links don't work for some reason...)