"What's it worth" is always relative, as there is no hard answer.
You have already said that you think $3,000 is too high, but someone else might think that $3,000 is a deal.
With out looking at it and testing it out, I'd have to say that I don't think that $3,000 is an unreasonable asking price assuming that it checks out as OK.
Figure that the FEL by itself is easily worth $1,500, the tiller $200-250, wheel weights $100 (even thought it seems like all the eBay ones are going for more than that), rear scraper $250-300. Speaking of the rear scraper, I'm going to assume that it has the 3-pt hitch as well, so that would be another $300-325. That leaves less than $1000 for the tractor.
The other question would be is how 'common' is something like that in your area? There are places in the country where something like that comes up for sale fairly often. In others it's very rare to find something like that.
If that was local, I'd give it serious consideration even though I have an 1886 with a FEL, and all of the other attachments except for the rear blade. I would haggle a bit though as that's just to be expected
I wouldn't consider an 1886 as a parts machine for it though as they are quite a few differences between the HT23 and 1886.
Thanks. I haven't seen too many of the large frame Bolens, or their successors--maybe 3 in the past 5 years or so. I paid $300 for my 1886, but it hadn't been running and the fender pan was badly dented and torn from an engine falling on it... the PO also scrapped the cab for it, not realizing what it was... darn!!!
I realize that there are a lot of differences between the two--the tranny being the biggest one. The engine on my 1886 runs okay, so it would be a backup to the K582 in the HT23.
I'm really trying to narrow down to 2 or three tractors for my needs (and wants). I'd like to get a diesel, with a FEL, and 3ph for plows, harrows, discs, etc.
I've been looking at a '78 Kubota B7100 with factory FEL, a/m tiller, Bush Hog, and scraper. It's 4wd, but manual trans and manual steering. I can add a power steering kit to it, but I just don't know how hard it will be to use the manual tranny if I'm pushing or piling a lot of snow, dirt, etc. It also is older, though seemingly well kept., and most parts are still available for it. It has about 1,300 hours, and is 12 hours away... He's only asking $5,000 for it, but it'll cost me another grand to 12 hundred to ship it here-- without a chance to drive it and check it out... anyway, I digress.
I called the Bolen's owner... he's pretty set on the price right now... I guess there's been several calls on it, so I may just have to let it pass.