My grandfather bought a Bolens 800 new in 1963 from Abele Tractor in Albany, NY. Along with it he bought a plow, snowblower attachment, and added the optional hydraulic lift. Sometime around '73, he traded it in on a newer tractor. Shortly after the trade-in my dad finished his active duty in the Navy and bought property about 90 miles away in Poughkeepsie. The dealer still had the Bolens, so he went to the dealer and bought back his dads tractor (minus the hydraulic lift; the dealer had removed it and sold it).
That tractor was the first thing I ever drove. Growing up I used it to mow the lawn and clear the driveway. When I was in high school the head gasket sprung a leak, so I removed the S7-D and rebuilt it in my shop class. The engine had new valves, cam (with compression release) rings, etc. I put it all back together and continued to use it for years. When my grandfather passed, my dad got his Cub Cadet 782 and passed along the Bolens to me. Unfortunately by that time, the 800 cracked the block and had a bent input shaft on the transmission, so it sat for awhile until I found another 800.
I picked up the second 800 and began to build a working tractor out of the two. The parts tractor had a bad 3rd gear. I swapped in 3rd from my grandfathers tractor into the parts trans, and then swapped the whole trans into my grandfathers 800. I also swapped the motors, and now had a running tractor. The parts 800 also came with a rototiller which I've used and works well.
Some time later I came across a 1050 that I picked up for cheap. It had the hydraulic lift and Bolens Wheel weights, both of which I wanted to add to the 800. I bought the 1050, hung on to it for awhile with grand plans to swap in a diesel, but that never materialized, so I sold it and kept the weights and hydraulic lift.
Time to let it go:
Many years have passed. The old 800 is sitting in the corner of the shed, and all the implements are in my garage. My son is now old enough to start wrenching on cars, so I need to make some space. I've been hanging on to literally a ton of old Bolens Steel because it's a reminder of my grandfather whom I so fondly remember from my youth. But the reality is I have a todo list that will last until I'm 120, and restoring the 800 is at the bottom. The time has come to pass it along to someone who can use it.
I realize an 800 with flat tires and a hood that's somewhere in a pile of parts probably isn't worth much. Even with the manuals, spare parts, and half a dozen attachments it's probably only worth a couple hundred bucks. I see the wheel weights and the hydraulic lifts usually list for a couple bills each, so those two things are probably worth more than the rest. I'm attaching some pictures of what's kicking around the garage and shed. Please excuse the Ariens cab resting on the 800, it's for my GT20 but I no longer use it so it's piled on top of the Bolens.
I'd rather sell it all as one unit and not split it up. I've taken some pictures, but if anyone wants more just ask. If you are interested, shoot me an offer.
Edited by Enginerd, December 30, 2020 - 10:46 PM.