Okay, we get that you are a Bolens Fan Boy.... But there is LOTS wrong with the post you referenced. Garden tractors today are quite different than all old GT's were.. Even the old Sears Suburbans were more beefy than today's models. But that does not mean a well maintained piece of equipment won't last and do it's job.
I can pick on anything if you want... I can pick on all of your bolens equipment.. Does it have a cast iron diesel engine with a cast iron mid section and a cast iron rear end? Oh it only has the rear end, that's right your bolens has a frame... Real tractors don't even have a frame, the engine, the mid section and transmission are the frame of the machine. My FEL ears went right into solid cast iron.. My FEL also weighed more than your whole bolens...
Does that mean your tractor is somehow inferior? No... It was just made to do light duty work.... Everything in perspective... The Sears GT's (not the lawn mowers) will pull a rake, pull a tiller, pull a plow, pull a ripper, throw snow, plow snow, yes you can mount a bucket on them (JBJr and the like) and they will move small amounts of ground. But at the end of the day, they are small toys, all of them and are meant to do smaller jobs or if you do a bigger job, it takes ten times longer than it would with a big tractor.
Riding mowers are what they are.. Their lot in life, is to mow up to an acre of relatively flat ground, that is all they were ever designed to do, and if used for that task, they will do it for a decade or more.
What did a top of the line Bolens cost new? We can do some "In todays money" calculations and I bet, they were not cheap when new, so if you want to compare dollar for dollar, I'm sure I can find something to compare it to....
Diesel, 4x4, 62C MMM, SE Seat, Quick Hitch,
54" Plow, 26Gal Sprayer, Soft Cab, 10P Cart.
That knockin, ain't a loose rod, Son!
2009 Craftsman GTS5000 Excellerator - Sold
2006 John Deere 3320, FEL, Backhoe, 62 MMM - Sold
2005 Cub Cadet 6284D FEL, Backhoe , 70" rear finish mower - Bought back, LEMON