Back in June I was finally able to attend the yearly Gravel Club of Americas mow in as it was within a reasonable driving distance from my house. The location varies from year to year and this year it was held in Rhinebeck New York.
Just like other brand get togethers there is no shortage of vendors selling all kinds of things from whole machines to pieces and parts. I went looking for specific things I needed and the loader wasn't really one of them but the wife saw a vendor we've bought from in the past and said to ask him if he knew of any loaders for sale. Turns out he had three but not with him. In case you haven't guessed this yet, getting a loader was just as much the wifes idea as it was mine.
Back story, I had been thinking of getting a loader and was looking at the usual places but I never said anything to the wife. One day we were driving down the highway and a truck hauling a trailer with a GT and loader was going the other way, the wife sees it and says to me we need one of those.
After giving her the who the heck are you and where's my wife look I told her I was already looking but hadn't found anything I liked yet.
Back at the mow in, I make arrangements to meet with the vendor at his house the following weekend and see what he has. Two he had were older models, well used and had been sitting outside for a long time, both needed work. The third was NOS, the newer model and needed nothing more than some maintenance.
The NOS one he wanted $2000 for, it was worth it but it was more than I wanted to spend, the better of the two older models was $600 and was the one I bought.
Also while there my wife pointed out a Haban sickle mower he had, something else I had been looking for that she knew about and it too was loaded in the truck. But as they say that is another story.
The good: the loader is pretty complete, the only thing missing is the braces that tie the supports to the tractor body.
The bad: it's rusty, needs new rods for the bucket cylinders and all new hoses and seal kits for the cylinders.
Here it is sitting behind my storage tent.