I've been reading here for years, finally signed up.
Last fall a neighbor of mine passed away who was sort of the neighborhood small engine guy.
The place sat empty till a few months ago when a relative moved in.
There's at least 50 garden tractors there, all lined up in rows in the back. The guy liked Allis Chalmers, Simplicity, Cub Cadet, Bolens, and John Deere.
Not wanting to seem like a vulture after the old guy passed I didn't go knock on the door right away. Then last week I saw a truck there loading up all the Bolens tractors, about a dozen or so of them. Most were complete tractors without decks, all from the 70's or so. I walked over and the guy there said he sold them for $200 each, the guy who bought them came out from Indiana to get them .
He then tells me the rest are all for sale, same deal, $200 each with a motor, $100 without.
If I were still working, I'd be all over that and the majority of them would be in my yard but money is tight right now. I was only able to swing buying one. A Simplicity 7117 that was missing a starter.
I ordered a starter off ebay and this morning I cleaned the carb, replaced the fuel hose and battery and its up and running. Next i'm going to make a rear hitch for this so I can move my trailer around with it. He's got no decks, only tractors. The attachments and decks all sold fast. For me, I don't need a deck, I don't have enough grass to worry about. No one does around here, There's two types of houses, those with fancy sod who pay a lawn care service to take care of it, and those with sand and crab grass.
I was trying to come up with a way to get hold of some of the other tractors, especially another 7117 or similar, he's got a half dozen there that look like they'd be good machines with some minor work.
What is an early 80's 7117 really worth? I'd have figured that he'd be getting even more buyers but they've been sitting now for a few weeks with only the big Bolens stuff and the Cub Cadet stuff being sold. I think he let all the Cub Cadets go for $100 each, about 15 or so of them. Most were newer, larger machines. I tried to buy just the 2072 he had but he already included it in a huge package deal to someone. If I had some spare cash laying around I think I'd try and buy the whole lot and see if I could make a few bucks but being retired I don't have a ton of cash to toss around like that.