Your best bet would be to ask at this forum:http://gardentractortalk.com/forums/forum/4-bolens/
Good bunch of guys that can and will help you out. I'm a "Bolens guy", but am only familiar with the tube and large frames. Pricing/value of a Bean Cutler is out of my area of expertize.
I do agree that $1,300.00 is WAY too much.