Been checking CL for a while for parts tractor, a hydro, or a 18hp Kohler. Yesterday about noon a guy listed an 1811 that ran and mowed but had a broken front wheel. FREE. No name. No address. No phone number. Only a town. Said he was moving and needed it gone. Looked like it had about 5 years of dust on it though it was inside. Sent a message right away and offered him $100 if he would hold it till I got there. Never heard a thing and the ad was gone this morning.
Back to looking on CL. Spotted an 1810 that about 2 hours away at a real good price. Called and owner said the tractor ran good and mowed good. They had bought a newer mower and this one needed gone. We agreed on the price and I took off. The tractor fired right up and ran good. Little rough at idle but that is minor. For a parts tractor it was a super buy. He drove it onto my tilt bed trailer and I handed him 3 bills. He handed me a Cub Cadet folder with all the original paperwork for the tractor since day one. He bought it new. Strapped it down and headed down the road. Took a gravel; for about 6 mile due to bridge repair and the road was closed. Another 4 mile gravel detour but both save me about 22 mils to stay on hard surface. Tractor really picked up a ton of dust on the way home. Nothing a good pressure washer batch won't solve.