Pager 450 found this Case 442 a few miles from my house. The current owner bought it from a power equipment dealership--paid $2000 for it, but it has some "issues".
It does drive... the travel lever tends to engage fairly quickly when the engine revs are anything above a fast idle... With the tiller on the back and no front weights, it popper a wheelie when the owner showed it to me, lol.
The engine burns oil... when I lifted the hood, the head bolt closest to the hydraulic pump had unwound 2" above the head. You get a puff of blue smoke out from under the shroud when you start the engine or gun it.
There's no air cleaner or air cleaner box (which would explain the burning oil)...
There's a lot of play in the steering--pinion and sector, tie rod ends, axle pivot, etc. It doesn't turn very sharp.... is that typical of the Case 400 series, or is it just because of the sloppy steering components?
The tiller works, but turns slowly-- maybe 120 revs/minute, even with the engine revved up--yet the engine bogs down when you engage the valve to turn it on. The detent cap on the end of the hydraulic PTO valve was (loosely) held on with one screw. The dealer ship replaced one hose from the rear QD to the tiller, the other has weather cracking in the outer surface.
The hood has been ground away near the starter/generator pulley.
No fan on the end of the crankshaft for the hydraulic cooler
The hydraulic lift for the 3 point "whistles" when you operate it.
No key switch...
Not sure if the lights work.
I didn't hear any odd noises from the transaxle or hydraulic motor.
The dealer has promised to supply a new air cleaner box and filter, and tie up some of the "loose ends" but hasn't done so, yet, I doubt he will follow through on it, though, but you never know.
The owner has a market garden and needs something bigger--he knows he can't get his $2,000 back, and is willing to take offers.
He's give me first right of refusal, and I'm pretty interested, primarily for the tiller, hydraulic PTO, and sleeve hitch. If I get it, I'd probably move those items to my 444, repower the 444 with the air-cooled diesel I just bought, and sell the 442.
So, given all that, what is your opinion??? (Don't hold back, but also realize Case GTs bring a little higher prices here in the West since they aren't as common.)