I would say it's a 1970 or possibly a 71. I think it's high at $400.00, but I'm cheap.
I'm with you. It's either a '70 or '71 as MTD lists no manual for a 960 prior to '70 and it would be a 15hp in '72. From looking at the clutch breakdowns in the manual, if it's only the bearing that's bad, I strongly suspect it will be a fairly standard bearing that any bearing supply house should be able to source. Of course that could be completely wrong also. Is the bearing just noisy and you can run and drive it? Or are we talking that it can't be run and tested?
I also think $400 is pretty high. The gear drive MTDs seem to be far less common than the hydros but at the same time they tend to bring less around here. That would sit forever at $400 here, and probably $300 as well. I gave under $300 for my 860 and that was with a set of factory wheel weights I valued at $100.
And I agree with everyone else that your trailer is worth more. Around here used trailers seem to bring stupid money. If it's nice they often sell just under the price of a new one which makes no sense to me. Even needing a deck and tires, a dual axle 18ft would probably bring over $1000 locally. A quick check of our local CL shows similar used trailers in better shape listing around $2000-$2500 depending on weight rating.
Edited by Canawler, August 28, 2014 - 10:02 AM.