Going to look at a 446
Posted August 09, 2015 - 07:48 AM
Posted August 09, 2015 - 08:29 AM
Download the manual from our Manuals Section and review it. Take pics. Good Luck, Rick
Posted August 09, 2015 - 08:43 AM
Prices have really dropped on old Case the past year. 446 were made 72-88. The "Average" condition 78-82 orange w/white hood stripes (most common model) and deck is around $700 in new england but that is on the high side for the nation. If it says Ingersoll might be worth a couple hundred more b/c newer. If it is tan/red in color that is older and should be a couple hundred less. All else being equal
"Average" for Case means it was run long and hard, they take a lot of abuse but the new buyer inherits that. Also not hacked up or missing pieces, etc. If it has extras the price can go up but the tradeoff is it was used more/harder running a blade, tiller, wheel weights, etc.
Check mower/blower/tiller bearings/chains usually need replaced. Good news most everything still available from an Ingersoll dealer they have great parts supply a lot of old ones still going.
Condition, I ask what fluid used in hydro tank and last changed. Supposed to be motor oil, not hydraulic fluid. There is no filter so it should be changed every few years. To check drive system put it against a tree if you can see if it spins the wheels or the relief squeals. If no trees check high and low range on a hill should have good power to wheels.
Check the rear wheels for side play, ask if the rear diff bolts were changed, prob not. The high wheelers put more torque on the gears can snap bolts in the diff, there is a fix involves pulling axles & new bolts.
Look at the plastic hydro fan make sure not broken. Check pto handle should feel kinda stiff they are adjustable but parts get high for the old ones.
Pull the plugs make sure both pistons move onans can run on 1 cylinder if a rod breaks but you probably know that, good luck
- KennyP said thank you
Posted August 09, 2015 - 05:01 PM