I am hoping to get some help deciding on 990.
What I have is some recreational land I want the machine for so mowing, moving material, maintaining trails, food plots, maybe some gardening - stuff like that.
I have a Deere 318 that probably could do that stuff but it could probably use a re-power and deck work - and it seems collectors have driven the price of attachments so high it's just not feasible to use that.
I was told to look at the older 990's as an alternative but know nothng about them.
Right now after looking I could get the following which might work?:
4 (yes 4) - 1970's 990's. 2 look decent, 2 a bit rough. The attachments would be: Snow Blower, Snow blade, Tiller, 2. maybe 3 of the 4 have 3pt hitches, mower deck and 1 has what looks like a solid home made loader on it. 2 are described as follows: 16HP - Hi / Low Hydrostatic drive with Hydraulic 3 pt hitch - I don't think the other 2 mention the hydro stuff.
I have never seen a 990 in person and I only know the 318 and from reading it appears these are similar in size and weight, I would have to travel out of state to pick all this up.
There are 2 seperate sellers - 1 has the nicer looking ones with all attachments except the one with the loader and the other seller has the rougher looking ones with hydro descripton above and the loader.
I know having 4 should keep me covered for parts but I have no idea what these are worth ball park and what to look for on these machines other than do they run and do they smoke.
Any thouhgts, opinions or advise greatly appreciated.