Any word ?
The owner emailed me this this morning. The tractor is still for sale. He said it runs fine and he hasn't had to put anything into it. He's away from home this week, so he couldn't answer all my questions--like how many hours and how long he's owned it- so I'm waiting to hear on that.
I'm fairly certain it's a Vietnamese Refurb. But, if he's owned it for several years with no problems, then it may be a safe bet.
The ad says it's an F16D, but it's actually the FX16D, which is the power shift model. The F series has models with two digits and with 3 digits. The 3 digit models had a lot of fancy electronics, including the lift control for the 3 ph, but no manuals in English--the link on Hoye Tractor says to avoid them.
I checked parts availability for the F16 at Hoye, and it isn't bad... things like the clutch, pressure plate, throw out bearing, water pump starter, head gasket, etc. are readily available. The F16D uses many common parts with the YM1610--don't know if there's a US equivalent to the YM1610, but I feel pretty good about availability of parts.
Now if I can just get the hours , etc from the seller, and get down to Las Vegas to look at it!!