I helped the neighbor spend $5K today!!
I'm so proud!! He made the mistake of asking me what tractor to buy late this fall! He gave me a JD dealer's flyer about fall specials and I looked through the options and decided on 'none of the above'!
SOOO Since then I've been scanning C/L and sending him ads for tractors.. I found a sweet JD 455 AWS with under 1K hours and he called the guy last week. So we took a road trip over hill and dale into the heart of Finger Lakes country here and took a peak at what he had.. He wanted a good chunk of change for a 18 YO tractor and a luck would have it, he also had an X 540 in his garage so we could compare the two.. I showed him the difference between the frame and trannys and the shaft drive tranny and implements versus the belt drive crap on the newer model which the guy wanted another $1400 for!
The best part was the fact that he was getting the 455 with an almost brand new 54" deck! They hammered out a deal and got to $5300 delivered next week!! His wife seemed pleased that I helped him empty out her checking account! (One in a million there!)
I can't wait to borrow the thing and raise hell with it!