For a guy who don't know anything about mechanical things or tractors, fixing even minor things costs money that he'll never get back, he's not likely able to do much to it beyond maybe changing a battery or tire. I think he worked in food before he retired. Local shops want $100 to tune up a push mower these days. Why spend $120 on a battery or pay someone to put the deck on it or pay to get the fenders painted if its not going to sell? In the beginning before he found out it was more than a cheap mower, he did list it for $500 and got no takers at that price for several months, I had thought maybe I made a mistake in telling him its likely worth a lot more and not just giving him $500, but by the looks of it the thing would just sit in my yard not sold the same way. I'd have likely parted it out by now and cut the rest up with a torch for scrap.This. If I make an effort to sell something, it usually works. Get it to working order and advertise as needed.
That 455 is 2 1/2 to 3hrs away depending on traffic, its a whole different kind of area out there. Its mostly farms and rural roads. While there's no telling what the seller of that 455 would take, I doubt he'd let it go for much less out in that area.This is the problem with a $3000 430 that is far from perfect. 1000 hr looks to be in nice shape 455 with an operators manual for $3800 in the same region. Might be a shame to part out a machine like that but...
Those statements are mainly opinion. Both good tractors and very capable. The 430 is longer than a 455. They use the same engine as well. Main difference is in the transaxle and it’s hydraulic capability. The 455 will outflow the 430 by several gpm - important if you want to run a loader via the onboard hydraulics. Foot motion control on the 455 is more desirable than the awkward hand control of the 430 as well. The odd 2000rpm rear pto on the 430 kind of hangs it out compared to the 540rpm on the 455 also. Think of the 455 as the refined version 2.0 of JD’s first Super Garden Tractor - the 430.read soemwhere that the 430 was the better machine, and that the 430 was the last 'real' JD garden tractor.
I thought you said he had it listed for $500 until you had convinced him that it's worth more than that - so i don't understand why he won't go lower when you said he started out lower...You could probably get the 430 for a less than $3,000, he offered it to me for $2000 but wouldn't go any lower. I'd have had to buy it for $1500 but I think he's got more than that in it
He needs the same battery my Allis Chalmers tractor takes, they don't have them in stock, unless you want to pay double three times the price for one from the dealer.Back a ways some one said it would be nice if FB had a hit count. They do. I’ve only sold one item, my AMT 622, it had over 3000 views. I don’t see the point of saying you can’t find or afford a battery for a $3000 machine. I take the little screw on cables off my trackers and put the biggest car battery that will fit in the tray, with new heavy car cables. Do I expect him to do that? No. But just get off the bucks and put something in it that works. I’ve always wanted a 430 and have seen nicer ones for less, and lesser ones go for more. I bought my X540 with 47” snow blower and Cyclone leaf vac for $2500, it’s a 2009. As much as I would like a 430, I’d have to go with the X540, it’s mowing 6 lawns every week now. The 430 is in the collectors market now, so I think there are more flippers actively looking for them than users. The one my friends neighbor had, with a terrible rattle can paint touch up sold for $2800 before I could see it. But we live where most developments are one to five acres, Joe.
I thought you said he had it listed for $500 until you had convinced him that it's worth more than that - so i don't understand why he won't go lower when you said he started out lower...
The old saying goes it takes money to make money. If you're not willing to put money into something to sell it then it either won't sell for the amount you want or at all. Either fix it or price it to move. If you go low enough people will drive hours to come get it! Point in case - if it was sitting out front with a free sign on it i'm betting it wouldn't be there any longer!