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#1 Talntedmrgreen OFFLINE  

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Posted July 02, 2014 - 03:40 PM

I enjoy searching for scarce items, or pieces in extraordinary condition to upgrade what I have in the collection (probably spend far too much time doing it), and the past couple years my best method has really become talking to many, many collectors who have been my eyes and ears in other parts of the country (and I am their eyes around here).  This method paid dividends last week, when TWO of my three targeted attachments for this year presented themselves, and I was able to snatch them up.  If I can find a 27" blower for a Serf tractor, I'll be batting 1000 this year.  (HELP!) 

The first item I had bird dogged for a few years...a 32' front mount Mott flail mower.  These seem to be very, very rare.  I have confirmed only 3.  I actually missed the one I knew of, and a fellow GGT'er here has fetched that one up.  A second one appeared last year, and that owner recently reached out to find it a home that would complete restoration on it.  That is now next on my project list!

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Here are the other two that I'm aware of (only know the whereabouts of one):


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If you haven't used a flail mower, they are fantastic.  They can be used as a rough or finish cut mower and do a great job.  I have had the rear pull behind 38" Mott that is self powered, and am also currently using a 48" 540PTO Mott on my 3pt tractor.  I love the way the operate.  Front mount attachments just seem to amaze me, so this is a special treat.

It arrived at Fastenal this morning...ready to head home for a facelift.  All of the mechanical's seem A+, and half the paint is already stripped.  You can bet it will be ready for the GOTO in LaPorte 6 weeks from now.

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The second item is a B series forklift attachment...specifically the B-1 model.  I had longed for a nice original B-1 tractor for years, and brought one home a few months back, barely squeezing it into 2013.  That really fueled my desire and efforts toward finding not only a forklift (I know of about 16 or so), but a B-1 model, for my B-1 tractor.

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This forklift also happens to be NOS...a little bonus.  It's missing the counterweights, but a local AC collector offered to make up replicas for a rock bottom price.

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Mention of this ghost (most known examples are in use, or at least on a tractor) first hit my radar in 2012, when an AC parts dealer in MN mentioned knowing of one, but that the former AG dealer who had it, wouldn't let it go yet.  Fast forward to spring '14, and the fella had finally made a deal and brought it to light in a classified ad.  I completely missed it, but had two fellow collectors bring it to my attention by 8a the morning it hit the 'net! (both current forklift owners)  Thanks to them, I was able to connect with the seller in a timely fashion, and we lined up a plan for export to MI.  

The forklift left MN two weeks back, headed for the GOTO in Lathrop MO, where it was paid for and picked up, then brought back to NE, where it shipped via Fastenal to my local store.

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Here were a few teaser pics from the buddy who helped me with the interstate transaction.  Most of my 'stuff' has been coming from out of state, and I couldn't make it all happen without the help of friends.  I try to repay every favor and then some!

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Posted July 02, 2014 - 03:51 PM

Congratulations and I hope your good luck continues! That fork lift sure is sweet! 


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Posted July 02, 2014 - 04:00 PM

Congratulations. I'm hung up on critical projects so I haven't been able to work on the GTs. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted July 02, 2014 - 04:22 PM

A Maze Ing.
Glad you were able to check two of the "Ivanna's" off the list.
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Posted July 02, 2014 - 04:48 PM

Great work Josh!  Glad you snagged some golden nuggets!


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Posted July 02, 2014 - 04:52 PM

Nice additions for sure- would love to own a flail mower one day!
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Posted July 02, 2014 - 04:54 PM

Nice additions for sure- would love to own a flail mower one day!

 

Bush Hog never offered them did they Scott?  I've never seen anything.



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Posted July 02, 2014 - 04:56 PM

Bush Hog never offered them did they Scott? I've never seen anything.


Not that I am aware of. I just like the looks of the flail mowers up front on a GT.
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Posted July 02, 2014 - 06:47 PM

Awesome rare stuff right there! Thanks for sharing the pics!
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Posted July 02, 2014 - 07:50 PM

Thanks guys, I'm pretty stoked.  Got to looking over the flail today.  Mechanically, she's ready to go.  Even the blades look good.  I'll have my work cut out for me to get her restored though.  I think a couple of the shrouds I'll have to have remade.  The pitting is bad in a few spots and one of the gaurds is probably 5-10% gone.  The front casters are froze up too.  I'll pull the wheels and try my hand at a electrolysis tank.  I have some other small siezed pieces from other projects that could go in there too. 

 

She definitely sat for a while, somewhere, but she's in good hands now!! :firejumper:



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Posted July 02, 2014 - 08:43 PM

Great pieces there 'got to love those attachments



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Posted July 02, 2014 - 09:04 PM

Certainly a couple of really nice scores there Josh.

I can't wait to see the forklift up and running.

I've never ever seen one of those.

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Posted July 02, 2014 - 10:24 PM

Wow. Nice finds.

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Posted July 02, 2014 - 10:46 PM

Awesome, I get stoked finding cool stuff also, It's sweet to find equipment in your back yard when you least expect it.



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Posted July 03, 2014 - 05:22 AM

Congrats! Two very neat items to have!






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