I just picked this up at the Public Surplus auction site.
I saw it with about 20 minutes to the end of the auction, and knew I had to have it... if nothing else, it would be a good machine for my mom to check irrigation water, etc. on her property. Someone else wanted it too, as the auction went into overtime, but I still got it for a reasonable price...now I just gotta go pick it up. It's in Lost Wages, NV--about 7 hours away.
It's a Broyhill M4100 Ride-on Field Rake. I wanted to find a 4wd machine, and this one at least has 3wd, plus direct-drive hydrostatic transmission and a Briggs Vanguard 16 hp engine (newer models have an 18hp engine). It also should have mid and rear hydraulic lifts and a hydraulic PTO at the rear. You can also get attachments like sand rakes, hydraulic powered leaf blowers, push blades, etc.
Anyway, I was thinking... what if I swapped out the B&S Vanguard and put an air-cooled V-twin diesel in, then put some 6 ply Ag bar tread tires all around? Then I'd have a diesel sub-SCUT... Only thing lacking would be how to increase the ground clearance--it's 6.7 inches--about the same as some of the JD GTs.
The engine was running when it was parked, but it has sat for 2 years, so a carb rebuild will probably be needed.
ALSO, I haven't been able to find an owner's manual for it. If anyone knows how to release the HST so I can tow it up on my trailer, I'd appreciate it.