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I can't give an assessment of the 12 vs the 16 (yet).

What I see here though is this machine has the steering brakes, which I like. It also has the 4-bolt wheels that a lot of people like.

You can see he did some lazy re-painting and that always irks me. You can see some orange overspray on the battery hold-down and paint on the QH horn where it doesn't belong. He also masked off the lettering on the hood and sprayed around that. Machines of that vintage have the lettering painted-on, not decals. Scratches and faded paint look better to me than new paint rattle-canned on hap-hazardly.

I imagine the rest of the tractor probably looked like the cultivator. I would have preferred it all to be left as it was.

The frozen axle is probably just the swiftamatic swivel plate getting frozen on the pivot pin. I just fixed this on a similar machine and it is not hard. You just need to be very careful with the locknut on the pivot pin or you will shear off the threaded part of the pivot pin.

1250 hours is not a spring chicken but if it had good maintenance it'll run a very long time. A rebuild is usually swagged at around $300 if you do the labor but have to buy parts and machine shop services.

You know it was also used with a cultivator, so you can't assume the transmission and driveline all had a very easy life.

If bidding flattens out now it may be worth watching but if you're not able to see it in person I wouldn't get caught up in the last minute bid-up.

Qualifying your listing as 'for sale locally' also means he will just pull the auction if he doesn't get the $1600 he probably wants for it.
 

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I paid $2500 for a similar one from a fellow forum member in here. Mine has dual wheels and the brush mower attached. Paid for itself pretty easily. One of the best machines I own. Good luck! :trink39:
 

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It isn't a Pro16 so if you want a Pro16 this won't do. Yes there is more than one difference between a 16 hp twin and a single cylinder 12hp engine.
 

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I know, I can't believe that Pro 8 got bid up so high. It looked clean, but still! Even in the ad it said the carb needed cleaning.

Ed, you're the best judge of the worth. Transportation and distance is a consideration. There are some people here that won't pay more than a couple hundred for any machine and some that will pay a pretty high price for a turnkey machine. I bought a machine from AJ and while the price was not cheap, it came with a lot of support and ready knowledge. It was a great jumping-off point for me.

Don't worry about anyone else's opinion on price. Take your time though, machines will keep coming. Springtime usually brings out a good number.
 

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With 5 days left on the auction, who knows where that end price will end up? I paid about $500 for a similar machine - from an auction site - with half the hours. E-Bay is one of the worst sites - from a buyer's perspective - that you could utilize to obtain a tractor from. As awd alluded to, everyone's got a different number in their head as to what they're willing to pay. For me, that # doesn't include $2500 for a Pro-12 - irrespective of the knowledge of its owners. The operation of these tractors - and their repair - isn't rocket science. Be patient and smart, do your homework and make some calls, and you can easily find a nice, low hour Pro-12 for less than what this auction price is already at. :fing32:
 

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That is the most ridculously absurd pricing (paid) for a Kohler 8HP machine that I've seen. :dunno:
Look at the bidding record. It was two newbies that got into a frenzy. No real representation of what that tractor is worth.

I do know that it will make it harder to buy Pro-8 tractors from people who don't know anything about Gravelys and watch eBay.
 

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Look at the bidding record. It was two newbies that got into a frenzy. No real representation of what that tractor is worth.

I do know that it will make it harder to buy Pro-8 tractors from people who don't know anything about Gravelys and watch eBay.
Agreed!! :thThumbsU

Apparently the 2 new guys never checked the Buffalo CL site - nice Pro 8's been sitting for a while at about 1/5th the price of that E-Bay machine.
 
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