OK...I'm sitting in a service plaza on the Ohio Turnpike. Just got up after a wee nap, however, the wife is still sawing logs.
Didn't notice any noise from the highways at the campground, so had a decent night's sleep, although it was too short
We just fixed supper in the MH. Didn't need to worry about 'eating out'.
We did stop earlier this afternoon at a service plaza in PA. They had a Roy Rogers , and I had their burger and ham sandwich. It was pretty good and unlike most of the fast food burgers, it was pretty thick, so it didn't dry out like shoe leather when cooked. The baked beans I had with it were very good as well. Too bad we don't have a RR in our neck of the woods.
Oh wait a minute....this is GTTalk and not "Dining on the Road" isn't it
Anyway, the reason for the road trip. Fella had a 1250 and other attachments advertised on CL. I wasn't THAT interested in getting a 1250, but it did have a Haban Sickle-Mo mounted on it which I was interested in.
I was pretty sure that I knew who the seller was and i was right. It's the 'kid' in PA that always overprices everything that he has, most of which is quite frankly junk.
He did send me a couple of pics of the 1250 with the Sickle-Mo mounted on it, and it didn't look TOO bad so I decided to take a chance and call him.
He was wanting 450.00 for the Sickle-Mo which I didn't think was too bad, so I asked for a number for the 1250 and the Sickle-Mo. He came up with $1,300.00 which I thought was a bit high, but decided to take a chance and look at it and could decide on whether to buy just the Sickle-Mo or the both of them.
Once I got there, we went off to take a look at it. It did need jumped to start, and it's not charging, but I knew about that in advance, thanks to EricFromPA. It also has a jury rigged starting setup, and the choke works in reverse...push it in to choke and pull to 'unchoke'. Those will have to be addressed. The Sickle-Mo operates OK, but will need some new sections. I may just replace all of them. Also, the Sickle-Mo is missing the rod that raises and lowers the cutting bar. It has been replaced with a piece of wire rope. I'll need to find, or fab a replacement for that as well.
One very positive thing is that it has the 15" wheels with a VERY decent set of Carlisle R4 tread tires on it. Those may just end up getting moved to the 1886 forklift with the dual wheel kit and another set of the R4 tires.
After looking at, and driving it, I thought that $1,300.00 was a bit high, and after a bit of haggling, a price was agreed on, money changed hands, and it's now sitting on the trailer.
Oh, he had it sitting at a neighbor's house a bit over a 1/4 mile away from where the MH was parked and it made the 1/4 mile with no problem, so that was a plus as well.
After loading up the tractor we went for a tour of his 'stuff'. I'm pretty sure that I bought the best tractor that he had, as the rest was all pretty sad. He did have some interesting stuff, but with very few exceptions it was mostly only good for parts.
I'll also mention, that while we were tyeing it down, precipitation DID descend from the sky. Not much, just a wee sprinkle for just a few minutes, but my record is intact
Here are a couple of pics. They aren't too good, as the tractor is sitting in the shade, and I was standing in the sun with the camera, so the exposure is a bit off. I'll get some better ones after I get it home and off the trailer.
Edited by OldBuzzard, June 03, 2013 - 05:51 PM.