So I always scope out Facebook Marketplace, several buying and selling groups, Ebay, craigslist, letgo, and a few other outlets (I know it is exhausting) but every once in a while you come across something that you have been looking for forever.
Just so happens, A guy that had posted something I always wanted that I never saw in person and couldn't afford. It disappeared after a couple weeks off the interwebs. Well, come monday this week, it showed up again on Facebook, and I messaged the guy cause he lives one town away from me, and works one town away from where I work, and I wanted to at least see this unicorn to prove it is real.
After much discussion, and back and forth dickering, haggling, and (try to make a deal) deal making, I went Tuesday to at least look at it.
Now to me, the asking price was too high, and he had some other stuff I wanted as well, so I was trying my bundling skills, and wanted to see what I could come up with for a deal and see if some of my Financier-ish friends wanted in on the deal.
After all was said and done I walked away with the attachment, and an SS16 that is in Not too bad, but not-too good shape for $600.
But there is a catch. I didn't buy the attachment. I was merely the facilitator and bundler that made the deal and picked up said implement, and will be transporting it to the new owner.
So what is this unicorn?
Well, the only Gannon Earthcavator I have ever seen in person, and touched, and held. And I have to answer the burning question we have all had, is it worth all the hype?
My answer? YES! its one of the single coolest attachments I have ever seen. It is heavy, it is well made, it's function is super cool, and it will be super useful for the intended tasks. I wish it was mine, but I didn't have the money, so at least I get the joy of moving it around and playing with it till I drop it off at the end of the month.
So you want pics? Yes, we all do... This is in as near NOS condition as possible, barely every touched the ground, and the paint is mostly dinged up from storage and moving it around.
Originally the seller wanted $600 for the Gannon, and $200 for the SS16 which needs a nose cone, lower grille side piece, air cleaner assembly, points cover, rear end bolted in tightly, and a few other things... At least the motor is free...
When all is said and done, I made a deal for $600 for both - since I was willing to pay $150 for the tractor, I did that, and my buddy Jeffrey Kattera in PA (he's an OG, some of you know him)paid the $450 for the gannon, and I think we're both happy.
What I get out of this is the ability to measure up the gannon, and figure out how I can build one
I have some ideas on "scraps" I can use to make one fairly well, so we will see where that takes me.
Pics of the SS16 coming.