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post #16 of 24 Old 11-19-2018, 12:19 PM
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Re: What is the best deal you found?

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My latest "best deal" was getting a free John Deere L110 that my next door neighbor was going to push to the curb and put a "free" sign on it earlier this past summer!..



It needed some repairs ,but nothing that drastic--one deck bracket had pulled free at the welded area,I just put it back in and re-welded it ,and added a 1/4" flat stock brace underneath it so it wont pull out again (I hear "they all did that" on this model!)..



I still need to buy a battery for it (next spring I will),and I did remove the transaxle and dumped the original oil and put Mobil 1 15W-50 synthetic in it,and while it was out I replaced the cooling fan that had shed all its plastic blades,and installed a new drive belt--and removed enough dead grass clippings firmly packed into the frame to fill a 5 gallon pail,I was surprised the belt rubbing against that didn't start a fire..

It has about 450 hours on it,I mowed my lawn with it all summer--like the foot controlled hydrostat..



Years ago my older brother gave me a Yard-Man lawn tractor that has a 20 HP Kohler Magnum & a Hydro-Gear transaxle..it has 12" rear tires but they are not the 5 lug type,they are just held on by snap rings..



I mowed with that one for 15+ years,and it also did a lot of mule work hauling a cart and logs around..I still have it,but haven't looked at it in at least 3 years,its in my shed with 4 flat tires right now (and possibly a mouse nest in the engine by now)..



When I got it,it had been used to mow a 10 acre field at a warehouse my brother worked at,by teen aged abusers who beat it up good,they drove it into a tree and caved in the grille area,and the wimpy stamped steel front axle was wiped out,both tires looked like a road grader till I fixed that..

I bet I could put a battery in it and dump some gas in it and it would fire right up again..

It always ran good and the hydrostat still worked great,no slipping after using it a long period,like most cheap ones get after many years..


Tractor you did real good on that one. I remember it and your fix it thread.
I got a picture of the 345 today ready for next storm.


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post #17 of 24 Old 11-19-2018, 01:00 PM
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2011 John Deere Z225 170 hours full bagger $300. Had a bad head gasket. I put about $100 into it and sold it for $2,000. My daughter is still not real happy with me.
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post #18 of 24 Old 11-19-2018, 03:38 PM
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$2.00 for a marriage license 48 yrs ago. You ask "why is that relevant when we're talks about tractors?" Because she doesn't quibble when the count was up to 16, and she found the Case444 and told me https://www.mytractorforum.com/21-ca...eaks-what.html. Then Fast forward a year or so and I find a two ton lift for sale. That's it holding up the above Case. And once again she says "Get it, cause it'll make working on them easier when you don't have to bend over or lay on a creeper.
Finally, we're on the way to a local harvest fest (2016) and pass a tractor for sale along the highway about eight miles from home. "Look at that!" then "Turn around an check it out!" She said - I did. Wasn't planning to buy one, but always on the lookout. Once again she says "Get it, it's something you've always wanted.
Well it had the particulars plus phone number. Tried to call bud had to leave a message. She says "you're gonna go over there in the morning." No doubt in my mind.
That's me with the big a$$ grin with my new to me Kubota BX25.
Year 2013, hrs on the meter (I kid you not) 66.7 Condition, Kept inside. Paint wasn't even completely worn off the teeth on the backhoe or the sides of the FEL. Guy even lent me his trailer to bring it home. (Note to self - need bigger trailer) Think the price was decent,$14K

Oh yeah, she's also a super cook and great baker.
So I think that $2 was the best money I ever spent and a he!!uva deal.
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post #19 of 24 Old 11-19-2018, 07:19 PM
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43 years for me. After our wedding, I gave my best man the license to hang onto it. Last I ever saw of it, guess he lost it. Does that get me out?......lol......kidding

My wife doesn't complain about the tractors, shakes her head a lot though.

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I bought a non running zero turn, had a yellow jacket picture on it, for $100. Got to looking at it, and the spin on oil filter was loose, and the oil pressure cutoff had it disabled. Tightened the filter, added some oil, and it fired right up...
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post #21 of 24 Old 12-10-2018, 12:33 PM
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Got a Scotts tractor with badger for free, did nothing to it except wash it, and sold it two days later for $600.

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I had a deal land in my lap when one of my Dad's friends decided he would no longer mow after buying a Trac-Vac 880 in a package deal for a mower, blower, and MCS. He had already sold the tractor with mower and blower to someone else and just wanted the TracVac out of his barn. He told my Dad I could have it - just name a price. It was in near new condition. I was slightly embarrassed but really could only afford $300 at the time so I offered. He accepted, I went to pick it up (a whole nother adventure in itself) and he said, just give me $250.

Here it sits in his barn on pick-up day
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Very cool deal - is the badger house trained?

I had a deal land in my lap when one of my Dad's friends decided he would no longer mow after buying a Trac-Vac 880 in a package deal for a mower, blower, and MCS. He had already sold the tractor with mower and blower to someone else and just wanted the TracVac out of his barn. He told my Dad I could have it - just name a price. It was in near new condition. I was slightly embarrassed but really could only afford $300 at the time so I offered. He accepted, I went to pick it up (a whole nother adventure in itself) and he said, just give me $250.

Here it sits in his barn on pick-up day
Jere, wow. Some people have all the luck in the world. And some don't. I've been watching your videos on youtube.

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post #23 of 24 Old 12-10-2018, 09:45 PM
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I got a free set of wheel weights with a tractor attached. The tractor didn't run, but it had parts I could use. I had to take it all or nothing.

If it's FREE, it's for ME!

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I just picked this up the other day (see pic). It was a freebie and needing some work. Not sure if I'll hang on to it or sell it once it's going again. Needed $60 in parts and almost back together, just needing one more part to arrive. I have my modified '79 Ariens ST824 that tackles anything winter has to offer. It's that time of year to make a few bucks on a snow blower even though I dont part with things easily. Nothing wrong with having 2 snow blowers right? One could be for backup.
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