How steep? I have routinely put my 2wd GT/loader on top of a 7' high snow dump with a 20' long ramp of compacted snow/ice while carrying an overfull 9 cu-ft bucket load of compacted snow that avalanched off of my roof. The bucket alone weighs 210 lb. That tractor has a 2-speed final drive set in LO for that task, and it doesn't spin the tires.Thanks for the replys folks. My thoughts were that if it was a reasonably easy and cost effective way to do it, I'd tackle the project. I have a very steep driveway and the 4wd would come in handy because I want to add a snow blower to the tractor.
That's not entirely true. There are actually quite a few salvage yards around the country. The one shown below is near me. I still agree though that it would no doubt be cost prohibitive and trading the machine on a 4WD version would be less expensive.Tractors are not like cars in that there are no junkyards full of wrecked tractors. Buying all of the parts needed and then being stuck with the original parts will make it very costly. Best to sell and buy. There have been many cases of people on this forum doing similar things and it is ok if you love doing it and money is of no meaning to you. It will also be a freak in that it will be a tractor that will not match the vin number description and you will have to sell it as a
"Homebuilt" version. I added power steering to an old Cub Cadet because I wanted to keep it, but after all was said and done, it cost more than $600 to add it and that was with mostly used parts.
The photos I posted were only a fraction of what they have. I agree that the majority of salvaged tractors are older models but they do actually have later models. I've seen 2012 and newer models in some of their Craigslist ads. Most of those have some type of catastrophic damage like an engine fire or something. This place seems to strip down newer tractors and then inventory and file away the parts. It's a good place to find mower decks as they have hundreds of them stacked on pallet racks.I was referring to the fact that there are no late models in the junkyards like autos that have been wrecked. In your pictures, I don't see any late models. In an auto junkyard, there are 2020 models that have been hit but have parts on them that are new and in good shape. That doesn't happen with tractors. Almost all tractor junkyards have worn or rusted-out tractors.
That's a hellva price......It would already be in my yard, wouldn't have to mention it on here like you did. Why isn't it? Heck use it for a year or 2 and then resell it, no money lost.Where are you located? There is a low hour x728 special edition near me. I hesitate to mention it because there is an ever so slightly chance I will buy it. Only $4500--and that's the asking price from a private owner.