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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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#31 larrybl ONLINE  


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Posted February 28, 2013 - 10:15 PM

I selected Collect and Use, but I don't so much collect, but I do Show what I have, and Use what I have. Don't really fit in either catagory.

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Posted February 28, 2013 - 11:08 PM

Started out as collect and use, but the history angle is starting to get to me--- would like to find an old relic ( maybe a bit like me?) and make feel wanted again.

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Posted February 28, 2013 - 11:23 PM

It's more of a coincidence I ended up with 2 older Massey-Fergusons instead of deliberate collecting. They both have thier purpose and to me, since I like old stuff anyway, it just makes the chores fun! I have the old MTD riding mower also, but it will be a toy someday.



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Posted March 01, 2013 - 12:19 AM

Purchase, evaluate, fix, restore, use, re-evaluate, sell or keep. And I just keep on selling. My Homelite T15 has earned it's spot, I think. I will still use it, but it's not my main machine to mow with. I know if I were to sell it, I would most likely never get another due to its rarity. But having one just to have it? I have a hard time getting that to sit right with myself, and my wife.

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Posted March 01, 2013 - 12:28 AM

I see myself collecting tractors for the purpose of learning, playing, tinkering and putting them to use. I don't have the room or the money to collect them all but a few will likely always be in my herd. I can't see myself EVER owning or running a "modern" tractor...vintage for me is the ONLY way to go.

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Posted March 01, 2013 - 05:18 AM

I would be the "Collect & Use" guy.

I try to get my GT's working reasonably well and keeping them as origonal as possible. None of them have seen a really nice paint job, but someday....................

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Posted March 01, 2013 - 06:35 AM

 But having one just to have it?

They're like potato chips, you can't have just one.


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

We need a 3rd option, hoarder!!

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Posted March 01, 2013 - 08:20 AM

You needed a third option!  I restore and use for myself. I don't usually keep it if I can't exercise it occasionally, but I like it to look sharp.  Its fun to think that you are running a "new" antique machine.


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Posted March 01, 2013 - 12:24 PM

I'm both but if I had to chose, collector/ user. If I can't use it, don't need.
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Posted March 01, 2013 - 12:31 PM

Troy, I can't vote as I fit into both categories.  Most of mine work, but some will never see work again, and of those, not all will be restored.



I'am in the same shed as Daniel.

I started out as a user, then became a restorer, and now

am both.



I'm with Daniel and Will, I collect and use, but also restore for only show and My enjoyment.

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Posted March 01, 2013 - 12:32 PM

i fit in between both so i voted collect an use. normally when they break there gone but now im shifting towards get running and show them the way i got them not so much working them i have one to work the others are just kinda here lol

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Posted March 01, 2013 - 12:43 PM

I don't consider my self a collector of gts anymore than a well stocked tool box makes you a tool collector. I have acquired several GTs of different makes models and sizes. Each one serves a purpose and has its job, much like "you can't fix everything with a hammer and a screwdriver " . I do have 3 early 70s gilsons for pulling tractors and spare parts, but I don't think I would ever own 14 pre 70s cub cadets.
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Posted March 01, 2013 - 02:31 PM

As of now, I am mostly a user with dreams of being a collector. Maybe someday when the economy turns around and I can work full time it will happen. For now I have to be content enjoying others collections.

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Posted March 01, 2013 - 02:35 PM

MH81, on 28 Feb 2013 - 19:02, said:
I think there is a little cross-over in all of us. Not many of use are only in one camp or the other and only mostly fit one category or the other. I think that's what Troy is asking about. If you HAD to choose a title, which are you?

I voted for collect & use. I think that most of the people who collect to work them all have a favorite that won't see much or any work again and we baby it out of sentimentality... We also have the one we park out back until we need to use it, then we try to use it under the cover of darkness so no one can get good video for youtube... But they all get a chance to stretch their legs once in a while.

Guilty as charged. The 1965 Cub Cadet 70 has not been run in over a year. I guess I should put the original seat back on and "USE" it for parades. I have been told I can't sell it. My sons both learned to drive on it. I have owned it for over 25 years and it always earned its keep and still would if I needed it to. Just good old iron.

Edited by Kurtee, March 01, 2013 - 02:38 PM.

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Posted March 01, 2013 - 07:19 PM

The thing is if you restore the piece, than what fun is it to just look at? You are going to want to get your money and time worth out of it. You can still keep a restored working tractor beautiful looking if you use and take care of it right.

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