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Ok. So Im a Bolens guy but want to get into doing tractors more. I got 1 Bolens and there just arent many in Northern MI. I trying to decide what brand to get into restoring and selling and probably using some for work. Bolens will always be my favorite brand but I just need more than 1 rig on the farm and need to make some money on restoration projects.
 

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Lots of people collect different brands some collect only one brand some a variety.

Dont mean to bust your bubble but it sounds like you plan to restore and sell these tractors you get? If so you may be better off finding machines and then getting them mechanically sound and running. For a true restoration your talking upwards of $1500+ and not many people will pay more than that for a tractor, Also just painting a tractor may devalue it for resale as well as most people I know and myself included will actually pay more for a machine in original condition so we can choose to restore ourselves or keep as is. I think if you are just into buying/fixing them you can make out ok.
 

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Just keep an open mind and see what comes up. There are usually a bunch of freebies of lawnmowers, lawn tractors and rear engine riders. If you can pick them up and repair them you might make some money but it is not a sure thing. Advertise on local bulletin boards and by word of mouth. Sometimes you may be able to swap a lawn mowing for a free LT. Taking tradeins can also help but don't allow much on the tradein. I sold afew many years ago where the tradein gave them free delivery of the one I was selling them. Good Luck, Rick
 

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For me as long as its old I like it. I do lean towards the sears though because they are more common and easier to find parts for. I am not a re seller or plan to make any money on them though so can't tell you whats hot and whats not. I do know if I were planning on restoring and reselling I would go old and rare as that most of the time means more valuable. However if you buy and resell cheap enough some times abundant and common and can work to just a lot more work involved in nickle and dimes. There is a sears on CG right now for 2K and I know the guy must have put a lot of work into and its been trying to sell it for at least 1/2 year now. I think if he would have put his effort into something other then a Sears Suburban he may stand better chances at selling it. Its just to common and to many are out there. Then there is a guy that will swipe up any tractor he gets a steel of a deal on , he gets it running and turns it over for just a little more then he paid and goes though tractors faster then I can keep up with.
 

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If you want one to restore, this would be a good project. :)

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1966 Bolens 1050. I've got it on craig's now.
 

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I can't answer from the aspect of making money on them. I buy what interests me and sometimes let them go - sometimes for what I have in them and sometimes for a little profit. Occasionally for a decent profit, but by no means could it be my day job. Just money for new tractors and parts!

When looking, I'm generally open to any good deal. But I focus on a certain brand. I started with Deere, then went to Ford/Jacobsen, and now am into IH/Cubs. I usually go to a new series because of an interesting aspect of the manufacturer.

Started with Deere because we have big deere equipment, and my wife grew upon a Deere B tractor as a girl on the farm. I switched to fords because of the tube frames and the high/low range transaxles. And have gone to Cubs because of the strong differential and clutch arrangement. Also did a stint of gravely 2 wheel tractors. Not sure what will catch my eye when I get used to working on cubs.....
 

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I can't answer from the aspect of making money on them. I buy what interests me and sometimes let them go - sometimes for what I have in them and sometimes for a little profit. Occasionally for a decent profit, but by no means could it be my day job. Just money for new tractors and parts!

When looking, I'm generally open to any good deal. But I focus on a certain brand. I started with Deere, then went to Ford/Jacobsen, and now am into IH/Cubs. I usually go to a new series because of an interesting aspect of the manufacturer.

Started with Deere because we have big deere equipment, and my wife grew upon a Deere B tractor as a girl on the farm. I switched to fords because of the tube frames and the high/low range transaxles. And have gone to Cubs because of the strong differential and clutch arrangement. Also did a stint of gravely 2 wheel tractors. Not sure what will catch my eye when I get used to working on cubs.....
That why I like Bolens tube frames. I think Bolens are the best out there. But I cant find any in the area.
 
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