I went to a estate sale over the weekend in Newark Valley NY. The property was full of outbuildings packed with old farm equipment and whatever the owner thought too good to toss. There was also a large barn/shop with thousands of items. The auctioneer said they were selling the contents of the shop first and then would move to the equipment. Well by noon they weren't 1/2 way through the shop. I was going to leave. Then they said they would start another auction for the equipment so I stuck around.
The equipment was whatever the owner had scrounged it appeared. 4 Maytag motors, 4 Hit & Miss engines. Several old motors. Shellers, Ice Cream Churns, Washing Machines, Implements of all kinds, a dozen garden tractors, a drag saw and finally about 20 walk behinds.
The biggest problem with the auction was they would group all of the similar items together or a row and then offer the highest bidder pick. So in the case of the Maytag motors they went for 125.00 ( 3 of them were 2 cylinder) and the high bidder said he wanted all 4. So much for that.
There were some really rare and seldom seen walk behinds.
The big reel mower got 60.00. The Simar ( I have never heard if this brand ) fetched 30.00.
There was a nice Bolens that went for 55.00
2 Rototillers. They sold for 125.00 each. I wanted one but the reality is it was just too large a machine to drag home.
There were many others, most in rather rough shape. They went from 5 bucks up to maybe 30.00.
I did purchase 1 piece. A Planet JR. It really appeared to be in pretty good shape.
It was a really fun day and the estate really was a treasure trove of neat farm stuff.
I got the Planet JR. running yesterday. The owner had the forethought to fill the crankcase Full of diesel fuel. The motor was free with no spark. The fuel tank was clean and dry. Spark problem was no gap on the points. As near as I could tell the points and condenser were new. A bit of gas and she started on the 3rd pull. Where can I find a set of chains for this little thing? I could use it in the garden.