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Is this tractor worth the asking price?

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Posted by Doug on May 04, 2004 at 17:42:44 from (

Any help would be greatly appreciated, as I know nothing about tractors.

A friend and I are buying 20 acres of land. His family will have 7 mine will have 13. I am going to have about 6 acres to mow, and the rest as house, pond and pasture for horses, etc.
We need to have a tractor that can grade a road(we need to make our lane road -- 900 feet to split in road!), mow some grass and brush, clean snow from our lane road, haul a wagon or 2 and possibly move a horse trailor around. Is this a tractor for us? And, is it worth the asking price?


******1987 International 254, approximately 800hrs
Brand new seat not yet installed for extra comfort when mowing for hours.
Four Wheel drive
3 cylinder Mitsubishi Diesel engine with Glow plug for easy winter starts
3 gears forward with 3 speed settings low, medium, high for a total of 9 forward speeds ranging from <1mph to just over 11mph
1 gear reverse with 3 speed setting for a total of 3 reverse speeds.
2 speed PTO -540 & 1000 RPM for differing pieces of equipment. We've never used the 1000, but were told it worked when we bought it.
We can try it out prior to sale if you have a piece of equipment that uses the 1000 RPM function.
Ag/bar tires on all 4 wheels. Some gouging to due previous owner not having the 3pt hitch tight enough. We tightened up & no issues since.
House brand brushhog 4 or 5 feet wide
Box blade with cleats to break top of soil or rock - 4 or 5 feet wide
6 ft Bushog brand finish mower, was owned by local lawncare outfit, an errant employee burned up the gear box. We bought for a couple hundred & (mechanic) replaced gearbox, wheels and the like for a total cost of $750. A new one is $2,000-$2,500. Used ones are in the trader regularly for $1,100. At least 1 set of extra blades. If we have more they would go along.

We have always kept everything in the shed greasing & oil changed per manual.
Manual is a copy of someone else's, since the original was not available.

Paid $6,500 for tractor, box blade & bushog with 700 hours, put on only about 100 hours.
$ 750 for refurbish finish mower
Total $7,250 for the works.

We've had no mechanical problems on any of the equipment ******

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