and I could use some help.
What I have in mind is a John Deere in the 400 series. They were powered with ~20 HP engines and have hydraulic point fore and aft, maybe even mid point for the deck. I want the ability to put a blade on the front, and use a 3-point hitch in the back. These particular machines were used a lot for snow blowing. They have a lot of power for a yard tractor.
Years ago I had a compact tractor for my acre plus. Way to big for what I have now. If there is another brand with those features I am willing to consider it. I'll go as far as MI to get it. Budget is upwards of $2K, but I hope that would include at least the mowing deck. I have found them for ~$1200 and that would be super. Less would be even better.
I am watching eBay and Craigslist but either they are gone in a flash or the seller cannot get around the idea of selling to someone so far away. Little do they know how many friends I have.
So here is the deal. If you are willing to keep an eye out, I will contact the seller (or you may, especially if you happen to know the person). If the price is right and the machine is as represented, I will express mail a cashier's check to you. If you then could pick it up and hold it for me, I will plan a Larry type road trip to come and get it. No money on your part and I will pay you fuel costs for looking at it and dragging it home with you.
A lot to ask, I know, but you are a generous lot and there may be some who would be willing to do this for me. You would not be held responsible for the machine. Just check that it is as represented. I'd even consider one with a bad engine, but it would have to be really cheap. Re-power is $1500 and up.
Then you would become part of the saga of Five Talents. And another great road trip to boot.
Thanks in advance.
FOUND ONE! Seller will hold. I will leave here in Bruiser to go get Big John on April 21. Headed to KC, MO. Maybe Darren's up for a Family visit. And I'll look for other stops along the way. Trip planning later today! Yippee!