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Where Do You See The Garden Tractor Hobby In Five Years?

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#1 NUTNDUN OFFLINE  

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Posted March 07, 2012 - 09:16 AM

I was thinking the other day and wanted to start a thread about this but didn't get a chance to until now. I am curious to hear from everyone where they feel the garden tractor hobby is going and where they think it will be in five years from now? How do you think it will affect your current collection and how do you feel it will affect your future collection?

If you want to expand on it we could even go out ten years also.
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Posted March 07, 2012 - 09:59 AM

This hobby is going to go place that we have not seen before.The value of all the gts are going to go up.It is already getting hard to find good strait tractors with all the gaurds.The parts tractors in are area have already went from 200 to 500 depending on make and model.Good running tractors that are strait are going 600 to 1200 depending on make and model.Look at it from this point.Fuel prices at 5.00 dollars older men that have big tractors and as they get older cann't move around so good.Still want to go to shows gts are easier to get moved and hauled around, or maybe they have all the big tractors they want and find some gts that they find interesting.The gt is still in the infant stages we not seen anything yet.The other good thing about the hobby growing some of the parts that are hard will start to be reproduced.You will see more shows that will have more gts there.As far as ten years down the road my prediction is that you will start to older compact tractors becoming collectable.They will be in between big tractors and gts. :thumbs:

Edited by josh deaven, March 07, 2012 - 11:36 AM.

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Posted March 07, 2012 - 10:25 AM

I think it is going to get even bigger tan it is now.I am actually quite amazed just how strong this hobby has come a long in the past five years.
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Posted March 07, 2012 - 10:44 AM

Where ever it goes, I hope to be along for the ride. I also hope GTTalk will always be here for when I need help!!!
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Posted March 07, 2012 - 10:51 AM

I'm going to go out on a limb and say stay stagnant. :bigrofl:

Ok I'm obviously kidding lol. I think the hobby will grow to where none of us can afford to collect gts any more and start collecting push mowers lol.

Edited by wvbuzzmaster, March 07, 2012 - 11:45 AM.

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Posted March 07, 2012 - 11:23 AM

I agree with Josh. It will be even more popular in the next few years. I agree that prices will rise as well. I got into GT's because I always liked them. They are generally cheaper than a regular or compact tractor to collect and store. The ease of transport to shows is a factor too.

Having a forum like this and a magazine like LAGT will bring increased attention to the hobby.

In ten years, I think Josh is right. After market reprduction parts will increase, specialized business might grow. Possibly more commercial restoration and more mechanical specialty shops.

My herd may not grow, but I'm sure other's will. I have enough projects to keep busy for a while.

Good thread George, I like to hear what others are thinking.

Edited by daytime dave, March 07, 2012 - 11:24 AM.

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Posted March 07, 2012 - 11:34 AM

The growth of Lagt in next will be overwelming in it self.Hang on guys and girls we are in for a wild ride!Haha :bigrofl:

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Posted March 07, 2012 - 11:40 AM

I too think the GT's will get more costly to bring home! As the hobby grows, less & less old GT's will even be available. We've lost thousands upon thousands of GT's already due to the high rates paid for scrap metal. Such a shame so many have been melted down.
My own personal "where it's going" will likely not go much further. Time & money limit me more every year. When it comes to Bush Hog models I don't yet have, now that's a different story. May have to take a loan out if a model I don't have shows up within my range, both miles & $'s. I'm actually going to try to sell 2 or 3 tractors....but NOT Bush Hogs!
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Posted March 07, 2012 - 11:57 AM

I think that it will continue to grow, not sure how fast and how much, the growth will increase prices/values, AND it will also encourage more reproduction of needed parts and pieces for the hobby. As we all know some stuff is hard if not impossible to find and availability of repro parts will make it easier to finish a project!! Another thing you will probably see more of is yesterdays parts tractors becoming tomorrows restoration/resurrection projects as the supply of available tractors gets spread over a wider group of enthusiasts.

Edited by powerking56, March 07, 2012 - 11:58 AM.
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Posted March 07, 2012 - 12:02 PM

I think the Hobby will only continue to grow. I actually think having forums pop up over the last few years has really got more and more people into Garden tractor collecting. Its great having a place to go to everyday to get help and share knowledge about your Tractors. Before I joined any forums I used to think I was the only crazy one who liked to collect Bolens, but Once I got involved searching for things on the computer I soon learned that there are a whole bunch of people who are just as nuts as I am about Bolens and Garden Tractors in general :D.
The only Downfall I see in the hobby is since Forums began, the prices of Garden tractors and their parts/ attachments have just about doubled. I guess Its great for people who are selling Tractors and attachments, but from a collector stand point it has gotten to the point where you almost need a another job just to pay for tractors and attachments LOL. These past few months I have found myself buying up quite a few NOS parts and attachments while prices are still fairly reasonable. I think I have just about enough NOS and used parts to build a couple complete tractors from the ground up LOL.

This was a good idea to start this thread George, I am looking forward to reading more replies :thumbs:
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Posted March 07, 2012 - 12:02 PM

My advice to any collectors on this forum.If it was me I would find the tractors that you want know and worry about restoring them later.Some of these gt are getting hard to find and this going to push all gt value up on all brands.Those tractor that got scraped that is going help push the values up.

Edited by josh deaven, March 07, 2012 - 12:04 PM.

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Posted March 07, 2012 - 12:12 PM

I see this hobby becoming out of reach financially for us common folk. Five years is a short time, yet the explosive growth of GT collecting will be great for the hobby as well. We will see reproduction parts and NOS parts popping up all over the net, comparable to the classic car scene, only on a smaller scale. This is just my humble opinion, for what it is worth.

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Posted March 07, 2012 - 12:14 PM

I agree with josh deaven.
I think between rising scrap prices and a growing interest in this hobby we will see prices take a big up-swing in the next 5-10 years. I've watched the 'pool' of machines around here dry up with all the scrapping... so now if I come acrossed something I try to scoop it up... even though I won't be able to work on it now.
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Posted March 07, 2012 - 12:17 PM

Bgkid2966 Everyone will able to afford gt.They are alot of gt out there yet.I will not get into tractor brand but look out how many that where built by the 100000 of gts.You will still be able aford them you wait and see my friend it will all be good my friend. :orangecool:
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Posted March 07, 2012 - 01:01 PM

Interesting topic. We got the first tractor here in the early 80's. It wasnt to collect or even start a collection, it was to use in the truck crop fields. This one lead to many others for the same reason, until one day i found someone who did collect them and thats were it started, by the mid 90's. Tractors were cheap and plentyful, and you could be picky on how bad a one you want to work with. A lot ofthe tractors now being collected were the current models then, or at least fairly new. Very few people had riders, mostly it was walkers and a few simple riders or ride on reel units. We had some great times at the early shows with people coming from all parts of the county enmass to the DB homeplace in Kankakee IL. This went on until about until about 06 or 07, when a lot of the hobby just stopped, the tractor prices dropped out, and a good number of the older men passed on.

Today, theres not as many people in the hobby, the prices are all over the place, with the ones out east seeming to comand a higher price than the midwest ones here. As the price of going to the shows increases and the lack of really good shows for garden related items declines, i dont see the hobby being at the level it once was. Not saying its dying off, just not growing much. Hopefully with the advent of things like the LAGT and places like this website, a whole new group of collectors will emerge, the hobby will become recharged with new younger members, and todays tractors will become tomorrows show toys.
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