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#1 Delmar OFFLINE  

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Posted March 15, 2014 - 10:36 PM

Ok folks, here is a great topic for discussion!  I worked out a deal with a gentleman to buy a non-running but complete 1966 John Deere 110 garden tractor.  It was located in the next state over to the west from me.  I went to pick it up today....about a 280 mile round trip.  So, the question is, how far would you go to get a tractor, and or how far have you gone?


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Posted March 15, 2014 - 10:49 PM

Don't ever think about how far away it is. Think about unloading it when you get home. My cousin and I drove two hours to pick up a Sears Suburban snow thrower. It was cheap and in super nice shape. It's nice when they're close, though.
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Posted March 15, 2014 - 10:54 PM

Went 1470 miles round trip to Missouri to pick up a homelite T-16 H with mower deck and dozer blade.     1170 miles to eastern PA to pick up another Homelite T-16 H with mower deck . One for parts and possible run later. One will be running this summer.   Wife says no more long trips for GTs.        Thanks              Roger.


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Posted March 15, 2014 - 10:59 PM

I went about 600 miles round trip to pick up a Bolens 1050 tractor and attachments.


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Posted March 15, 2014 - 11:07 PM

I did 2 840 mile round trips to Buffalo, NY to pick up tractors. One was a 4 wheel Bready with attachments and the other one was a Stewart truck that had been turned into a doodle bug.  A 680 mile round trip for a 1949 DeSoto (i know not a gt but i had to have it).  And I dont know if it counts as I didnt go there to get it but came home with a set of fenders for a Panzer when I went to the Florida flywheelers show back in '04 and it was about 3000 miles round trip cause my dad wanted to visit relatives.            Stewart


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Posted March 15, 2014 - 11:21 PM

I drove 250 miles round trip to pickup a Ford 100, and was packing my truck to go to Ohio to pickup a JD 165 lawn tractor when a man

came by to pickup a tractor I sold on ebay  and we where talking and he had a trip set up to go right past my uncles in Ohio and hauled it down here for less then half of what it would cost me to make the trip.My uncle had given me the JD and and all I have done to it is mow the grass a few times and pressure wash it and take it to the show with the little JD 30 trailer


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Posted March 15, 2014 - 11:30 PM

Not nearly as far anymore. Used to say "within four hour radius", but as the gaps fill in the radius has dropped unless it is super special. Anymore it has to be right up the road or it isn't for me. Lot of stuff came from upwards of 6 hours away though.

Oh, and ask Alan how many he has gone after for me lol.

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Posted March 16, 2014 - 01:50 AM

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Posted March 16, 2014 - 02:13 AM

Farthest I've driven was two hours for a free disassembled Bolens tube frame with mower, blower and weights. TexasDeereandHorse brought a homemade tractor about 2000 miles for me. These days, I limit myself to about one hour around me. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted March 16, 2014 - 03:49 AM

I did a roughly 1600 Mile round trip to pickup my Bolens HDT1000.

 

That included a detour to pick up some tube frame attachments as well.

 

How far WOULD I go?  For an HT22, I'd go as far as necessary. :D :D :D


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Posted March 16, 2014 - 05:31 AM

I MADE A TREK FROM PT.PLEASANT NJ TO MILLERSPORT OHIO TO PICK A 1958 WHELLHORSE RJ THAT WAS COMPLETE.I LEFT MY HOME AT 12AM ON SAT AND WAS IN THE SELLERS DRIVEWAY AT 8AM SAT MORNING,LOADED TRACTOR HAD BREAKFAST DROVE HOME 764 MI ROUND TRIP.
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Posted March 16, 2014 - 05:47 AM

I drove 1206 miles round trip from Aylmer, Ontario, to Bristol, Rhode Island to pick up my Pennsylvania Panzer T578ES.  I left on Sunday night at 7:30pm, got to Rhode Island Monday morning, came back and got home Monday night.  That is as far as I would go in one long, non-stop road trip like that.  Any longer and I would have to sleep somewhere.  I would sleep over somewhere and keep driving for a longer trip - I do love road trips.  Like OldBuzzard, for the right tractor, I would go as far as necessary.


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Posted March 16, 2014 - 07:15 AM

Yeah, I don't mind the road trips, and the wife loves them.

 

We put close to 10K miles on the HMS Rainmaker from APR 15 to Late NOV last year.  Almost all of it was tractor/attachment related.

 

We have gone to MD for Bolens soft cab parts, Wisconsin for a dual wheel kit, a number of trips to Pa, one long one to drop off a tractor in NJ, and then down to NC to pickup a Hard Cab and some snowcasters, a trip to MI to get a reel mower attachment, out to MO for an Earthcavator, down to central VA to drop off the forklift to have it refurbished, and a couple that I've forgotten.

 

Being retired, having a pretty decent motorhome, and a cat that travels well, we aren't 'under the gun' time wise. We can take our time and turn a 2 day road trip into a 5-7 day trip without a problem :D :D :D


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Posted March 16, 2014 - 07:16 AM

Mine was about 1100Ks (about 700 miles).  Definitely worth the time.

 

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Posted March 16, 2014 - 07:24 AM

Thus far 5 1/2 hours round trip drive time, 8 hours total when including stopping for rest, chatting with seller, between buys, about 300 to 400 miles or so, try collect as much in one trip from several buyers in line with each other or buy package deals.


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