Thank you for your thorough replies! (The tractor is in Maine.)
Some things Iíve learned here:
Most importantly ballpark prices for the various pieces. Thank you so much!
There are optimistic and pessimistic folks, so unless the machine is readily available for personal testing (which limits the market), there are potentially a lot of unknowns to be considered and reasonably compensated for.
Unknowns include things such as
* specialty features that may be unique to your model; yes, I guess that extra part is a quick hitch for the cultivator, but not for the mower. I love how the dozer works because of the counter weighting.
* consider appearance Ė like an antique piece of furniture, refinishing may look like a cover-up if done improperly, but first impressions also make a difference
* consider and advertise very clearly on condition Ė rust is one thing, but any nuances that may be known (again, back to previous points, unless I am an Ďexpertí user, Iím not likely to know all the potential issues, and thus optimism/pessimism and accessibility for testing weighs in)
Finally, I also appreciate both perspectives on me negotiating the sale online (with the outside world). While I may or may not have a boyfriend or husband willing or able to effectively negotiate a deal with my tractor, I am likely to do it myself because thatís half the fun of living. Meanwhile, I do very much appreciate being reminded that the internet is an easy place to become over-optimistic and trusting that others are as sane and reasonable as myself. I donít meet many creeps in real life (I guess social context keeps us with like kinds); however, the internet doesnít filter in the same way friends and eye contact do.
For the record, some of the nuances on this tractor of which I am aware: the engine runs well (yes, my dad and boyfriend confirmed this for me) and doesnít smoke. I just had the engine head machined ($100) to re-build the spark plug area, so that is now a permanent fix (it previously had a helacoil job that broke loose). I also know that there is one slack takeup pulley on the mower (the bearings are missing on one of the wheels the belt is on); otherwise, the blades are sharp though a bit rusty. In the time I've had it up here in Maine (couple years), I've had the carburetor repaired ($25), replaced the transmission oil, emptied and cleaned the gas tank this season, and greased a few joints. It runs (I am always surprised at how quiet the engine is compared to my neighborsí push mowers) and the gears work.
As for the sale, I have one interested buyer from this forum, and another (prior to my post I had contacted the person from whom Iím bought the snow dozer) who might be also. However, I believe an unspoken rule of sale that wasnít mentioned is whether I then post back here what I actually sell it for Ė as part of the lesson of course
Based on all your input, Iíd like to get $700 sight unseen, but in the interest of moving it so I can move myself easier, Iíll shoot for $600. Iím glad if someone can polish her up and make a bit more for the process.