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post #16 of 23 Old 04-03-2019, 10:55 PM
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Okay, I knew he had one for sale a few months back new in the crate. How do you the like the diesel compared to the Kawasaki?
I love the sound of a diesel engine. I don't really notice the difference in power or torque, the only difference to me is fuel economy. The diesel is certainly more fuel efficient.

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Thanks for the insight TUDOR. I messaged a member who is local and he also commented to the fact that GT prices are sky high in our area (there is a XL w/ FEL local with 600hrs and they are asking $13,500 ). Looking more into it, this Legacy didn't have a deck on it when the current owner bought it, which makes me think it spent all its time with a loader on the front. Guessing that's not as posh a life as being a dedicated mower it's entire life. Regardless, the parts tractor has no motor, but has a 60" deck.

I do agree that having a loader at my disposal would be ideal, it's just hard to sell that idea to the wife when I have spent a lot of time getting our current lawn tractor equipped to handle the leaf barrage our neighbor casts upon use throughout the year.
I didn't get the mowing deck when I bought my MF1655. The intention was always to install a loader as a permanent fixture. It just took a couple of years to get around to building a bucket that would do what I needed before installing the loader. The loader has not been off the tractor since.

Unlike your wife, mine had no problem agreeing to the $6,000 purchase in 1982. In fact, she was on my case to buy a new tractor after only another 3 or 4 years so that I wouldn't have to fix mine anymore. While she was okay with it, the $10,000+ price tag for an equivalent setup in a new machine was more than I was willing to tolerate. I used that tractor until I bought my $20,000 SCUT TLB in 2006 after I retired.

If you have the LT all set up to handle the leaves, there is no real reason not to get the loader because the LT sure won't handle the list of tasks that you originally presented.

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I have had a 2004 Legacy with FEL for a coupe of years. Very capable for its size.


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I think he is way overpriced, unfortunately. They just don't bring that kind of money anymore. Several legacy/loader combos have sold near me in the past year when listed for $3500 or less. They did not necessarily move quickly either. I have had a couple of these, and they are great...BUT...the 4x4 XL is much nicer to use for loader work.

A few weeks back I ran over to northern IL and picked up a 4x4/540PTO diesel XL with loader for $5500. I can't imagine spending nearly as much on a 2wd early legacy. About a year ago I picked up a 4x4/540 diesel XL with loader, deck, vac/bagger, 3pt blade for $6600. I thought that was a bargain at the time, and have since seen better deals. The 4x4 is so very handy for loader work. Any loader is great, and you will wonder how you ever got by without it, but 4x4 adds a lot of versatility to them. The XL loader is also much easier on/off, if you, like me, ditch it to mow a couple acres each week.
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A few weeks back I ran over to northern IL and picked up a 4x4/540PTO diesel XL with loader for $5500.
How in the world did I miss that one? Was it on craigslist??

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I'm also looking for a older Legacy, and I have noticed that the prices seem a lot lower the farther east and south you look.
Here in the upper midwest they are pricey IMO.

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How in the world did I miss that one? Was it on craigslist??
It was a bit of a sleeper. Was on FB Marketplace for $6800. The seller had some things misrepresented, and was admittedly flipping it. We talked, I grabbed it for $5500. It has a new motor and gauge cluster (68hrs), which was the big selling point for me.


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I'm also looking for a older Legacy, and I have noticed that the prices seem a lot lower the farther east and south you look.
Here in the upper midwest they are pricey IMO.
Yeah, MI/IN/OH have dirt cheap early legacy's. Within the past year I have seen more than I can count under $2000, and several under $1000. A $1500-2000 budget should get anyone a nice running/mowing machine with 600-800 hours.
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I'm also looking for a older Legacy, and I have noticed that the prices seem a lot lower the farther east and south you look.
Here in the upper midwest they are pricey IMO.
I spoke with another member about this, and he agreed. Like I said there is an XL local to me that has a FEL and 600hrs and she is asking $13,500, and says really firm at $11,000.
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