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hi, im looking at buying a fiat 411r backhoe for small farm use, its an early model mid sixtys i think, runs ok,a bit smokey as u would expect with an old tractor, ive heard that these tractors can b a bit of a lemon, is this true or is it maybe just someone has had a few reliability issues with thiers and hav given them a bad rap? my other chioce ia an early leyland 154, a bit dearer but maybe a better option,any opinions on which way to go would b greatly appreciated, thanks dan:greendr:
 

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Don't know a thing about the Fiat Dan, but the Leyland was a good tractor. The only thing though, I don't know how good their backhoes were. PJ

Oh Dan, Do you live near Castlemain? I have a friend there named Peter Thomas.
 

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hi paul, thanks, ive heard the old leylands were pretty good so maybe the way to go, i live about 1 hours drive from castlemaine , cheers dan
 

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Dan, don't walk away from the Fiat,, RUN!!!! Hard to get parts for!!!! Some models are OK, the 411R isn't one of them. ;)
 

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thanks all for the advice, i did run from the fiat as suggested by partsman,instead i just bought a jcb 3d series 2 with a leyland mtr,it does need some engine work but was at a price to good to refuse so hopefully worth the risk, they seem to be a good unit, i guess time will tell, and parts r easy to get here in aus, will keep u posted on how things go, cheers dan
 

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Take this comment from someone who collects vintage Triumph motorcycles.

FIAT=Fix It Again Tony.
 
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