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#1 superaben OFFLINE  

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Posted April 21, 2014 - 08:21 PM

Suppose for a moment someone happened upon a David Bradley Tri-Trac in an unusual place.  Suppose that someone did an impromptu rain dance and started babbling about loading it up before he even began looking at it closely.  Suppose it had sat outside for years, but was still in very decent shape.  Suppose all its body parts were there.  Suppose the engine was free and would probably take right off if the right mechanic got behind it. 

 

Suppose someone could buy it for $1000. 

 

I see all sorts of prices out there on these things.  Some selling them for thousands, some for hundreds. 

 

Is $1000 for one, no implements included, in original (read: "as found") condition an "ok" deal? 

 

No one needs to get any funny ideas here... but.... :D

 

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Posted April 21, 2014 - 08:28 PM

I could go look at it for you and then tell you if it was a good deal. :smilewink:


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Posted April 21, 2014 - 08:28 PM

The answer to the question you posed lies within............

 

 

 

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$1,000 sounds steep for a self propelled ornament.


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Posted April 21, 2014 - 08:39 PM

Wondering if you traded OB fork lift for it already


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Posted April 21, 2014 - 08:44 PM

that price is ok if its got the original clutch system. no one makes it and there's no parts for it short of making them or getting a second tractor. most of the rest of the tractor you can find or get made easy enough.


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Posted April 21, 2014 - 08:49 PM

I could go look at it for you and then tell you if it was a good deal. :smilewink:

 

I appreciate that offer.  But I decline it nonetheless.  :smilewink:

 

The answer to the question you posed lies within............

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$1,000 sounds steep for a self propelled ornament.

 

Ha.  Its some proponent of the site's supporters you are, indeed.  :(  

 

What's that you said?  Why thank you!! Half dozen warning points to you, too!!

 

Wondering if you traded OB fork lift for it already

 

I tried.  He said it wasn't green enough. 

 

Besides, it isn't worth much since you took the forklift attachment off, anyway. 

 

that price is ok if its got the original clutch system. no one makes it and there's no parts for it short of making them or getting a second tractor. most of the rest of the tractor you can find or get made easy enough.

 

Thanks Jeff.  Do you have one? 

 

As far as I know, everything is there. 

 

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Posted April 21, 2014 - 08:52 PM


 


Besides, it isn't worth much since you took the forklift attachment off, anyway. 

 

But it looks so nice in my living room


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Posted April 21, 2014 - 08:53 PM

In all seriousness, I did find a Tri-Trac today in the most unlikely way.  I think I had to scrape my jaw off the floor to ask questions.  I'll tell everyone the story if I can get it scooped up. 

 

No, I don't have pictures.  For once my phone was in a good mood, and so was I, but he stopped me and said I could take pictures after I bought it.  Which he says may not happen.  He doesn't really want to sell it, although I really want to buy it.  That's not a good combo.  

 

I just wanted to make sure the price he said he paid for it ($1000) was "for real". 

 

If I do get it, it may never make it for sale through Old Paths Equipment, much to Cat's chagrin.  :D

 

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Posted April 21, 2014 - 08:55 PM

But it looks so nice in my living room

 

So you really didn't want a forklift, but actually an amusement park ride for Heath? 

 

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Posted April 21, 2014 - 09:02 PM

So you really didn't want a forklift, but actually an amusement park ride for Heath? 

 

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I gotta keep it hidden till OB forgets about it, besides Steph uses it to get me out of my chair.


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Posted April 21, 2014 - 09:06 PM

I gotta keep it hidden till OB forgets about it, besides Steph uses it to get me out of my chair.

 

If you'd stop blabbing about our little deal, he might forget sooner. 

 

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Posted April 21, 2014 - 09:10 PM

The only way to know the price is right is...if it feels like it is priced for you.    Just my two cents.

 

Good luck!

 

 

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Posted April 21, 2014 - 09:16 PM

If you'd stop blabbing about our little deal, he might forget sooner. 

 

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What deal? I know nothing


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Posted April 21, 2014 - 09:37 PM

Okay, I'm still pretty new here...

Is drooling allowed?


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Posted April 21, 2014 - 09:38 PM

No I don't have one and don't see getting one. Had many chances to do it, but they just don't fit in with my Suburbans and walkers. Being a member of the Db group and going to the factory shows at Kankakee, IL for 12yrs, I got a pretty good look at several of them and the guys that own them will tell you all you need to know. You have to watch loading them as you need 3 ramps or a full gate on the trailer.  A fully restored ones going price out here is around 3000 to 3500 dollars. attachments just make it cost more. Key things to look for other than the clutch are bad fuel tank(holes), and the screen missing off the rope start area,(catch your pants on the crank without it).


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