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 08-27-2003, 22:55 Post: 62785
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I am new to the world of tractors. Own 10 acres that I need to keep cut. Have an offer on a 770 with 513 cutter for $8000. Claims to have only 225 hours on the 770. I am a new comer but feel hesitant because seller had no luck moving equipment on ebay. Any comments to share to a new guy in the world of tractors.






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 08-28-2003, 07:36 Post: 62796
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I'd get a feeling for tractors and the compact market in your area by letting some local dealers try to sell you a used compact (if they have any to sell). You should get a better feeling for tractors and also better be able to judge an e-bay deal. However, buying a tractor unseen always has an element of risk).

A dealer might actually sell you a tractor and they shouldn't feel bad if they end up not being able to compete with an ebay deal. I personally think my dealer earned what ever I might have saved on a private deal and then some. For most people, wherever they are or whatever they get, they're going to need a dealer, so I'd start out with the dealer I think I'm going to end up with rather than look for one after the fact. You might find a good deal and get much more information about the tractor and a limited warranty in the process. A dealer also might throw in transportation and a deal on implements as an incentive.






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 08-28-2003, 10:06 Post: 62816
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The 770 was manufactured from 1990 to 1998. The hours may not be indicative of actual run time as a mechanical tach and hour meter register hour for hour at full PTO operation RPM. Even still, if those are genuine hours on the meter that is not much time at all for this tractor. Maybe it was just sitting in storage. I would find out why such low hours and also run and operate the tractor for a couple of hours with an impliment such as a rear mower or rotary cutter to place a load on the engine and power train. Check for leaks, abnormal temps. check condition of oil (no funky colors mixed in) (if it is new oil, I would be suspicious), how does tractor start when cold? If the tractor is warmed up when you get there, walk away. Listen for unusual noises and squeaks such as from the clutch housing area. What does the hyd. oil look like? Assuming say an average of 25 hours a year (worst case), and perhaps a 1994 - 1995 model. In fair condition the tractor is worth around $6,500 give or take a few hundred. If in pristene condition, maybe more. The rotary cutter is a light duty model and worth maybe $300 - $500 depending on condition. So if this tractor is in fantastic condition, the owner is not too far off on asking price. Here are the specs. for this tractor:

No. Cylinders: 3
Displ. Cu. In.: 83
No. Speeds: 8F-2R
H.P.: 20.0
Approx Shipping Weight (lbs): 2180

20 hp. is pushing the limits for a 5 ft. rotary cutter for this tractor and I would not plan on cutting heavy brush with it, but light stuff and grass it should do OK. But the cutter is larger than what JD specs., I believe. Sounds like it may be a nice tractor. Just let the buyer beware. Good luck!






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