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It's pretty hard to justify buying stuff to fix anymore


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#1 massey driver OFFLINE  

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Posted February 09, 2017 - 01:16 PM

Been looking for some stuff to buy and fix but when people ask the prices that they are,it's not going to happen. There's no way to make any profit off stuff like this. Even to fix it and keep for oneself is way to much,money to put out.
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Posted February 09, 2017 - 01:44 PM

Of course asking and getting are two different things, but I agree that prices are stupid on a lot of stuff right now.


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Posted February 09, 2017 - 01:45 PM

That's most trades. Makes the hunt that much more challenging. 


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Posted February 09, 2017 - 01:48 PM

I couldn't agree more. I'm always looking on Craigslist for a project to work on and they aren't there anymore. Occasionally you may see one at a reasonable price but it's extremely rare. Everybody thinks they have a "rare" collectors item and want top dollar for it, even when it needs a lot of work and repair.


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Posted February 09, 2017 - 01:53 PM

Not every deal is a smokin' deal when it comes to garden tractors. In reality, though, some of these older garden tractors were big bucks when new. Something like that Allis would would probably cost 5 grand today. I just plowed snow for three hours straight with an old Allis Big Ten from 1965. I'd rather repair or rebuild this tractor than buy today's junk. It's rare to make a good profit on a garden tractor sale, since most people don't see the value in these older machines and just buy new.
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Posted February 09, 2017 - 02:15 PM

We had a few guys come through the area where I live paying top dollar for gt's and now everyone wants a fortune for their junk. Then you have folks that are in financial difficulty and want to much or they don't care if they sell or not. A few weeks later you find they sold it for scrap to the junk yard.

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Posted February 09, 2017 - 02:44 PM

I just got a wheel horse 314 for 50 bucks it's the first deal I have found in a year. Probably will be my last purchase I can't do this anymore with these prices
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Posted February 09, 2017 - 03:04 PM

I rarely go over $100, Not been actively looking, but when I do get the itch (Thinking soon) There is a mower scrap yard close (50mi) that I make a stop at.


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Posted February 09, 2017 - 03:43 PM

There isn't much money in this business that is why most of us call it a "hobby". I've found that many "freebies" cost so much to fix that you can't make money. One thing that I am going to try is taking a RER that runs and looks good to use for trading for a good nonrunning GT. There was an opertunity for a LF Bolens like that a couple of years ago but it took me to long to fix up a Craftsman I had. The cost of repairs is such that people don't want to put money into the older stuff.  Good Luck, Rick


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Posted February 09, 2017 - 04:18 PM

Most of the middle class these days are not able to fix anything.  They stocked shelves at a grocery store through school or mowed a few lawns, went to collage, got a good paying job and they buy the new cheap junk at the big box stores. When it stops running they walk off and leave it and buy another one.


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Posted February 09, 2017 - 05:35 PM

463 visits to that add, it's not going anywhere soon.


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Posted February 09, 2017 - 05:45 PM

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Yes , I agree with all of this .

Look at this one , I am always looking for another good' DB to work on , I love the things . But here is one I saw today .

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OK , so its rough , Had an oversized motor put in , Jacked the hood up terribly , Cut it up , and claims everything works with all maintenance records from when it was new in 59' .

Only $2000

What the flip? I wouldn't give $200 for the hacked up machine and it is what I like !

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I have $1600 or so tied up into all of this (including the refurbishing and painting of it all)

That was my choice so I don't feel bad doing it .

It may be worth 2k as a package , but it ain't for sale.

 

I am like a lot of others here , been looking for something to work on and have many models in mind that I would like to have as well ,

  nothing has been close to reality lately.

 

 

 


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Posted February 09, 2017 - 06:25 PM

Gt tractors, antique tractors, antique cars and trucks and any other hobby type vehicle is all the same. Hard to make a profit.

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Posted February 09, 2017 - 06:31 PM

I agree with the others on here , there are some locations where repairs still are needed but its not like it used to be. Really its only us collectors and enthusiasts of old iron that are running this hobby the average populace is looking for a turn key and go machine and throw it out when it breaks.

 

The guys raking in the dough are the parts scrappers parting the original complete machines, but thats all I'll say about that  :(


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Posted February 09, 2017 - 07:15 PM

I still blame the scrap boom of years ago.  10 years ago I had 15 or so wheel horses and didnt have a ton of money tied up in it.  I did/do keep a rolling track of what i have in a particular hobby and tend to stay ahead of the game.  People who dont want the old stuff have gotten rid of it.  People who want the old stuff have already bought it.  THe market just doesnt seem to be there.  I pruise the craigslist often and cant even really tell you the last time i saw attatchements for sale.


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