Thanks! Lots of helpful advice here!!!This summer I purchased a x585 with 1500 hours on it that replaced my x720 with unknown hours - i suspected that it had 800 - 1000 hours but i never really knew. The previous owner's father of the x720 put a new dash in but never kept track of the hours when that happened, i know i purchased it with less than 50 hours and sold it with about 150. So i put 50 hours a year on it while i had it. What i'll tell you is that even though i thought that the x720 had fewer hours on it than the x585 the x585 drives smoother and runs better than the x720 did. What i'm getting at is that I personally wouldn't worry as much hours as much as overall condition of the machine.
I'm not trying to convince you to purchase this machine but it definitely has some pros including new tires, the bucket on the loader looks very straight, comes with a deck and blade. I'm betting that deck looks worse than it is; i bet that's peeling paint and surface rust and no huge pits or anything like that. The cluster might be an easy fix - It's not clear if the whole cluster is having issues or just the clock but there are some others on here that have fixed the clusters.
Prices around me:
This puts the x585 at: $2700
I disagree that it's been kept inside, the top of the hood and the 4wd lever are too faded to have been stored inside always. I'd do an inspection on it pretty carefully - normal antifreeze color/looks, engine oil, hytran oil & air filter. I'd crawl under it and inspect the u-joints in the mfwd driveshaft and also the engine to hydro shaft. Inspect the tie rods for wear and slop. Take a peek to see if the previous owner no only owned a grease gun but knew how to use it! I just replaced the main drive shaft in my x585 b/c it was never greased - when it goes it takes all the hydro lines around it out too and it's well over $1000 to repair. Get the loader mounted up and verify that it functions well. Mine had slop where the arms mount to the square tube and required some welding - no big deal unless you don't have/can't weld. I would also look at the wiring on the left side that connects the engine to the harness and under the right side screen just to be sure no one has attempted to play electrician in there! If you're going to inherit someone else's headache it should be priced accordingly.
Would you be willing to purchase this right now and move the loader to a different machine in the future or is that something that you're not interested in? If you are OK with that idea then you purchase it for the loader and blade, and sell off the other components when your dream x728/x748 comes along. Or with some aftermarket brackets you can even put it on the newest (unsupported) models!
If the machine runs good and checks out then i'd offer a bit less and see what happens. If you could get it for 6000 then you'd only have $1700 in the x585! : OK - i'm not helping, am i? Good luck!