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Poll: Which type are you? (64 member(s) have cast votes)

Do you collect to use or do you collect to restore?

  1. Collector and Restorer (14 votes [20.90%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 20.90%

  2. Voted Collector and User (53 votes [79.10%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 79.10%

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#16 johndeereelfman OFFLINE  

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Posted February 28, 2013 - 08:12 PM

How are some of you guys being able to vote twice, one for each?



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Posted February 28, 2013 - 08:19 PM

Like many I would say I am a mix of both; although after reading Alan's post I had to vote for collect and use. There is no way I could do many of the things I do without my GTs!
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Posted February 28, 2013 - 08:21 PM

I'm in the collect more than I can use categorie!

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Posted February 28, 2013 - 08:25 PM

I see each tractor as an individual. One in real nice original condition I'll clean and maintain. Others I'll do a good fix up with tractor paint. I'm tempted to do a full restoration on my Magna Trac with auto paint. I get great enjoyment using them too. There is no best answer, just what you enjoy. Thanks, Rick


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Posted February 28, 2013 - 08:29 PM

I had to vote "collector and restorer" because truth is garden tractors are just too small for my place.  I have big tractors to do real work.  If I mowed my yard with a 44 inch deck it'd be a full time job.   The snow drifts in my driveway this week were almost up to the headlights of my Power King. 


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Posted February 28, 2013 - 08:31 PM

At this point anyway I am a collector/user.  I would like to hope that eventually I have the time, $$, and space to be able to restore to original the AC B112 I have. The others however are put to use around here on a regular basis and will most likely never see much more than repairs as needed.  


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Posted February 28, 2013 - 08:40 PM

I fit right in the middle.  I collect and restore some of them for use.  My MF12H and my 100 Cub Cadet fit this category.  Then there are some that I've collected and restored that will not be used.  My Cub Cadet 73 and some of the big tractors at the farm fit this category.  Then there are the ones that I've bought and have done nothing with but use.  My 107 is this category.


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Posted February 28, 2013 - 08:42 PM

Well since I like to buy them, clean them up and fix what ever is broke and get them running again then sell them.  I guess I fall into the collector user category.  


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Posted February 28, 2013 - 08:53 PM

I am a user.  I have 4 garden tractors and a lawn tractor.  The lawn tractor is the best mower, and the garden tractors all have uses, except the one I want to sell.  I don't care what they look like, only that they work.  I also don't care about 'original' or 'collectable.'

I am on the market for a farm tractor, so two of my garden tractors will be heartlessly sold.  I just don't know which ones.  I love them all!


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Posted February 28, 2013 - 08:55 PM

I think I Fall under the "Collector Restorer" Category as I restore them to as close to factory as possible and the machines I have restored so far will probably never see any "Real" work for the rest of their lifetime.

 

I buy only to collect and Never sell anything so you might say I'm a die hard collector :D

 

I do use a few of my non restored tractors for work though.


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Posted February 28, 2013 - 09:04 PM

Mmmm, come to think about it I don't care much about brands, rarely restore anything, fix the little things, if it runs, it works.

So I guess I just buy tools to get the job done.

The real reason I have six, I'm lazy, hate switching attachments, easier to switch tractors :bigrofl:


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Posted February 28, 2013 - 09:05 PM

I'm with you Brian. I collect to restore. So far I only have two restored, but now that I finally have all of the pieces aquired for the rest of the tractors, it won't be long until I get the rest done. I run and use the tractors soon after buying them, but that's only to check the motors and transmissions, to make sure everything is good internally. Most of my collection will be for shows only, and like yours, they won't work another another day in the field, garden or driveway.

 

I find everybodies thoughts and ideas interesting, and it almost appears that some of you guys really have to give some serious thought as to which catagory you fall under. Good brain workout!


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Posted February 28, 2013 - 09:18 PM

I like mine to look nice and be dependable for usein some form.

 

larryd


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Posted February 28, 2013 - 09:26 PM

When I switched from Gravelys to Masseys, I frequently made the statement that I didn't have room for a trailer queen.  Gravelys are tough, brutal machines, and while a restored one might look great, they are so basic restoration hardly seems needed.  Switching attachments on a Gravely is enough of a chore it is easy to justify have two or three outfitted with the most frequently used devices.   I have found that I enjoy looking at the Massey's enough that I can almost see having one just to look nice.  But secretly I want to be able to work all of them, and wish I had time and tasks to let me use them all daily.


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Posted February 28, 2013 - 09:32 PM

I guess I am a user first. I like things that look nice, but they are tools first.
Not to say there is anything wrong with restoring them, and I love to see others restorations.
I also get a real kick out of how people modify them to suit their needs.
Takes all kinds and I enjoy and encourage all of them.
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