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 04-21-2005, 09:32 Post: 110168
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I have two older Kubota tractors, (20years plus) that are like brand new. Since the most I would get for them are $2,000 to $3,000 each, I figure I might as well keep them, even though I seldom use them. The questions I have is "Am I causing damage to the tractors by not using them and what maintenance, if any, needs to be preformed."






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 04-21-2005, 11:46 Post: 110176
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If they are really "like new" then they should be worth more, your statement seems to be conflictive. Perhaps you mean that they are actually well used but have been well looked after? To me that's a big difference.
If they aren't being used and you have no sentimental attachment to them, sell them. You will get only what the market will bear which will then be their true value. It will cost you to keep them in "like new condition" regardless if they are used or not. Right now they cost you every year in further depreciation and you are getting no value out of them.

As an aside: I see lots of equipment that should have been sold years before, it eventually lands up on the "was working before it was retired to the shed" pile. It then sells for a fraction of what it would have sold for if the owner had had the foresight to sell it at the time. The double whammy is that in addition to getting less for the equipment now the owner also has lost the productivity that the money could have been used for if he had sold the equipment years before. My general observation is, if in doubt sell it, I don't have too many regrets.






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 04-21-2005, 12:24 Post: 110179
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I agree with Ann. However, if you decide to keep them. Suggest you place them on jack stands to take the pressure off of the tires. This will decrease tire cracking, etc. I would also take out the battery. If you have a loader or backhoe, make sure any exposed shafts are lubricated to resist rusting. Make sure all of the grease zerks have been lubricated. I would also start and run the tractors and drive them around atleast every couple of months. That will get fluids lubricating where they should. Make sure your anti-freeze is good. Anti-freeze is good forever, but rust inhibitors breakdown after a while. Likewise, consider changing oil atleast after a winter of sitting around where moisture can collect in the pan. Cover the tractor to keep, dust and moisture off the machine.

I've done none of the above on my old Farmall "C" and the tires are shot and it won't start now after setting around for years.






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Thanks for your suggestions.






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 04-25-2005, 20:47 Post: 110346
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Engine oil needs to be changed nearly yearly, antifreeze needs or should be changed out on most engines every three years as well as most fluids when the tractor might be subjected to cold temps.






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 04-26-2005, 11:40 Post: 110357
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Make sure you block the clutch open. Depress the pedal and insert a block of wood between the clutch foot rod and the tractor pan. This will assure the clutch faces won't freeze from long term storrage. It's simple to do and can save some real $$'s.






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