Bolens is a foreign brand around here, the average guy doesn't remember them or what they were.
I had a super clean barn find 1250 with a FEL, complete with a snow plow, snow blower, 48" mower deck, three point hitch, rear disc, plough, cutivator, and a spare set of tires, one ag, one turf. The thing had been sitting in an attached garage since 1972 untouched, it even had a vintage battery in it and a brand new dry charged battery with it.
I listed it at $1500, I wasn't going to take a penny less for the package. It was listed for 15 months, I got three emails, all were $200 to $300 offers.
It was clean, had good paint, and was complete. I didn't try to start it, i just listed it as found. I got it for $600. If I had gotten an offer of $1200, I'd have let it all go.
I ended up parting it out, the engine went to TX, the hood to PA, the front end to CT, the seat to DE.
The attachments went to a guy raising Kiwi fruit in SC. The mower deck went to IL, the three point hitch went to Haiti.
The ag tires went to MO, the turf tires went to NY. In the end, I made a lot more money, but really could have done with out having to do all the work taking it apart and listing it in bits and pieces.
I was left with the transaxle, frame, and dash console in the end and it went to the junk yard.
I did a clean sweep of all the old parts machines and things that weren't selling in May, I loaded up my 20ft trailer and hauled it all to the junk yard.
I saved some engines but anything that wasn't complete got smashed and junked. I can't keep it all and if its not worth anything to anyone, I'm not saving it.
I'm not a business, I got into these as a hobby but they take up time and space after a while.
I even listed a hand full of parts machines for free on CL, I didn't even get scrap guys because they were too much trouble to deal with because they had to remove the tires and fuel tanks. Even the junk guys don't want to work it seems. I had a pair of Cub Cadet 149 tractors here, both were complete and running with decks. I listed them for $300 each, ready to use, the one could have used a new battery but it worked as is.
I got a bunch of $100 offers, and one guy finally showed up and turned them down when I offered him both for $250. The guy even cut half my back field with the one trying it out, but he walked away. He said it was 'too much money' for an old machine. His best offer was $75 for the pair.
Needless to say they both got parted out too. The decks sold first, I shipped one to MO, the other went locally. The engines went to a guy in DE, the rest of the them went all over the place. No one wanted the transaxles or frames, they got scrapped.
I stopped buying older machines, they don't sell anymore.
I have a house in PA and one in NJ, its the same in both places, in PA, it seems the only interest is old Wheel Horse machines, but nothing else gets so much as an email. In NJ, all I can sell is department store junk, the newer the better, clean and shiny sells and Craftsman is king with John Deere being a distant second.
I can sell all the green LT1000's I can find all year long.
Those that can afford better buy new, those that don't know any better and don't have money buy the brands they know and see advertised. The average buyer is in their late 20's to late 30's.
I'm also getting a ton of people who want to pay via PayPal or Apple Pay or similar, they don't have cash. Most would rather go down to HD or Lowes and plunk down a Credit Card for a new tractor than have to go get cash to buy a used one for a fraction of the cost. I had a neighbor push his two year old John Deere over here a few months ago, the starter seized up on it. I told him to just go online and buy one and I'd show him how to put it on. He looked at me like I was speaking a different language. I finally just ordered a starter of eBay, and put it on, it was like $60. I also changed his oil and filter and sharpened his blades.
When he came to get it, I told him just give me the $60 I spent, he got out his phone and wanted to know what pay service I used. I said cash. He looked at me dumbfounded. I held up my 20 year old flip phone and said I don't do all that crap, but good old cash works fine. It took him three weeks to come up with $60 cash, He gave me a $20 bill each Friday and complained how it was going to leave him short on cash during the week. If I knew I'd have to wait three weeks for my lousy $60, I'd have charged him double, neighbor or not. Getting cash from some people is like pulling teeth. I'm glad I wasn't around when it popped a belt last month. When I asked how much they charged to fix it, he didn't know, "They just came and got it, and brought it back fixed", "It went on my wife's credit card", He never got the bill. I suppose to him that was easier than forking over cash. The guy has three new cars in the driveway and he just replaced two of them this summer. He seems to drive them till something breaks and he just trades them in rather than fixing anything on them.
I think he's a good example of what's out there when it comes to the buying public today. Those of us who look for a deal to fix up and save some money are few and far between. The average guy these days can't change a flat tire or sharpen a mower blade, they don't have tools and have no clue how to use them.
I couldn't imagine not having a full tool box, an air compressor, and a shed full of spare parts. I also couldn't imagine going to HD or Lowes to buy something to mow my lawn.