I'm often approached by folks, especially through Craigslist or at tractor shows, who are looking to find a home for their old garden tractor. 9 times out of 10, it is something like or similar to, a machine I have pictured in an ad (want or for sale), or am exhibiting at a show. I used to be drawn to adopt such tractors, but recently, I 'foster' them
Do others find this to be common? I'm assuming so...folks can spot us tractor nuts a mile away.
Personally, I love the interaction. It's fun to chat with folks, hear their stories, and perhaps even see their equipment, homestead, family, etc. More often than not, I am simply not in a position to take on another project, or they don't have quite what I'm looking for. My approach in those scenarios is to always offer my help in finding a good home or use for what they have, and to get them a fair market value while still counseling them on a realistic price for old garden tractors. I get in touch with the usual suspects, who are always searching, like myself, for machines and parts.
Many times, I have eventually purchased what they have, and then resell, passing along any 'profit' above what I paid them initially. I think I make a great Foster Father. It's a fun way to build a little goodwill, I suppose. I get to meet the next owner as well, and grow my network of local collectors....that always pays dividends!
Occassionally, I am approached by someone, then suprised by what they have. Most folks tend to exagerate their stuff. But sometimes, they downplay it quite a bit. Those times tug at my heartstrings, and given a unique or super clean machine, along with a story of when they bought it, how they used it, etc, I just have to adopt it, and make room for it to remain in my collection.
I thought it would be neat to hear some of your stories of such interactions, or how you tend to handle these situations. Do you keep them all, do you pass on them, or do you bring them home, to find them a more permanent residence?