First off, I have the Kubota with the finish mower on the back that I will continue to use for about half the yard (no trees) but for another half I have about 25 trees/things to mow around. I've been using my craftsman but it's geared and I figure a hydro unit would be much faster. Went to look at it and the guy tells me on the way to the barn how much he loves the engine in this thing and how it just fires right up even if it's been sitting for a month. He slides open the door to his barn and I thought I was walking into heaven... First thing I see is an older 1250's headlights and IH
staring at me (turns out it doesn't run, no spark but good compression
). Then I look to its right and there is a really nice 1200 with hub caps! To its right is a ford 8N. Then I look over and find the 682 sitting all pretty by it's self. Well after talking about the others I finally wonder over and start looking at her and impressed with how clean it is, as in oil leaks and such. The paint is maybe a couple years old but it doesn't seem to be covering up anything. Tin's are in great shape, deck looks good. He gives me the key and says "here fire it up and take it for a spin" so I put the key in and it says "rearrearrearrea..." Battery was just not enough to turn it over. The old fella was so embarrassed. So he went and got some cables, hooked it up to the 8n and she fired on the first hit. No smoke and it is quieter than my 12.5 Craftsman II and smooth as butter. No driveshaft vibe at full throttle and the the ammeter showed that it was charging so everything seems good. I pulled it out into the barn yard and hit the clutch switch and could hear that one or two of the spindles is a little sick. Mowed a little it did fine. I beat him down on the price a little for the battery and the spindles, and got him to delivery it (I was in my Jeep) which saved me about 100 miles driving and an afternoon. He tried to sell me a package deal with the 1250 but I told him the wife would kill me if I came home with both of them... Oh and while I was waiting for him to get the cables I was looking around and found a pretty decent Massey 7 that he said his dad bought new and really old JD
that he said was a model L or something.