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

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Posted March 09, 2012 - 08:22 AM

Chris, you don't think that a sheet metal mower for $3k is a good value???
Just kidding.
I think it will grow primarily from a collector point of view. There's so many interesting pieces out there.
And if you watched the movie Terminator too many times, you may even believe GTs will rise up and conquer the world.
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Posted March 09, 2012 - 08:33 AM

Cookiemonster, I think that 3K sheet-metal lawnmower is a great deal if you want to fabricate a GT around it and if you have the money to waste!! :p

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Posted March 09, 2012 - 08:43 AM

I believe it will keep growing. With the way things are going, how many people do you think will want to try their hand at gardening to save a little money at the grocery store? They'll need a tractor to help get the task done a little easier and quicker and then they'll be bit by the GT bug.
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Posted March 09, 2012 - 12:55 PM

If it is anything like the motorcycle collection hobby, prices will go from what we consider reasonable, to ridicules. A bike that 5-years ago would have run you 300-500 for a complete 'fixer-upper", has now gone into the 800-1200 range. The garden tractors will go the same route.
As new replacement cost goes through the roof, the used models follow suit, with the "barn finds" being less a possibility and more occasional bit of luck. I missed a COMPLETE Case 222 a week ago for $280.00. It didn't even make 3-hours on the local Craigs List.

If you think that you want something specific in the way of a certain GT...BUT IT NOW.....
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Posted March 09, 2012 - 04:02 PM

I hope it's not so but I'm afraid bad things are coming our way economically. In five years, GTs could be the least of our worries.
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Posted March 10, 2012 - 06:51 AM

Lots of good comments throughout this thread. I agree with the ones who say if you want something buy it now if you can find it. I hope the hobby continues to interest some of the younger generation bus as was said above with all the tech stuff they have today to keep them busy this mechanical stuff may not hold any interest.
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Posted March 10, 2012 - 07:13 AM

There's a DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD in the picture also. The same Knowledge that could save a GT from being scrapped by a junk man will ALSO will push his price up because-"collecters like these old tractors". :wallbanging:
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Posted March 10, 2012 - 07:40 AM

There's a DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD in the picture also. The same Knowledge that could save a GT from being scrapped by a junk man will ALSO will push his price up because-"collecters like these old tractors". :wallbanging:



How very true that is.
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Posted March 10, 2012 - 11:53 PM

I think that prices will rise on all old tractors! It's a fine line for those who know and those who buy a tractor at a local outlet. The truth is they will never make or build trators or cars the way they did ever again!!!!!

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Posted March 11, 2012 - 12:04 AM

Chris, you don't think that a sheet metal mower for $3k is a good value???
Just kidding.
I think it will grow primarily from a collector point of view. There's so many interesting pieces out there.
And if you watched the movie Terminator too many times, you may even believe GTs will rise up and conquer the world.

I think it would be those spot welding Robots that build the new GT's. Those are the ones that will conquer the world (one spot weld at a time) :laughingteeth: Another thing I have a cookie sheet that is thicker gage than those new decks LOL.

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Posted March 11, 2012 - 12:08 AM

Like everything else Antique the price will go up at some point but what about the one critical thing regarding all this ?
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Posted March 11, 2012 - 12:26 AM

Like everything else Antique the price will go up at some point but what about the one critical thing regarding all this ?
This,...

Oh you mean the great attention to Detail and restoring things to original specs? Like the great color schemes of those wonderful neon green and gold classics? ( " Yea Pa the guy said it was genuine john deere green and he sold me the whole case for 10 bucks") :laughingteeth:

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Posted July 23, 2012 - 12:58 PM

I know, I´m a little to late in this thread, but...

many people are interested in vintage agriculture technic. But not everyone has the money or/and a parcel of land, to let his wish come true. I mean, collecting GT can be an option for this people. So I see the garden tractor hobby growing the next years.
And I try to interest people in Germany for this wonderful hobby :thumbs:

Greetings, Wolle from :smiley-flag008:
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Posted August 04, 2012 - 12:30 PM

I have noticed that the older, pre 1989 Murray Gt's are catching on in popularity. Maybe I should keep my mouth shut about them. :rolling:

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Posted August 05, 2012 - 05:37 AM

Quite Frankly...with the mildest winter on record last year, and the severe drought this year...unless something changes ...there might not be much of a need. However, I like everyone else pray this changes quickly...





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