Can you dig it? Add an excavator to your repertoire and you have the hydraulic-powered muscle to tackle an incredible range of tasks. These powerful machines, manufactured by the likes of Caterpillar and Bobcat, make short work of trench-digging and forestry work, and by shopping the huge inventory on eBay you have the opportunity to pick a make and model that fits your requirements and budget.
At that point, I hit tractorhouse.com and tractordata.com to see what the specific models had sold for recently with similar hours. (Hours on tractors are like miles on a car, and are noted with the make and model on most auction listings.) I ran the makes and models through Craigslist, too, and did a general Google search with the terms “for sale” tacked on. A 2015 post on the L3750 on tractorbynet.com without the backhoe and fewer hours went for $13,900. Other posts said $10,000-plus in decent condition and an ad from Pennsylvania with nearly identical hours and no backhoe listed for $13,500. I made a mental note that, if there weren’t any problems with the actual machine, I wouldn’t spend more than $11,000.
The Kubota ran tip-top for three months when a short blew the ignition switch. Horsing around with it I blew the starter. That was an easy fix, but another $250 in the hole. When the backhoe came off, I needed to buy 3-point arms, another $250. A year later, with all the other miscellaneous purchases, most not really needed, I probably have about $11,500 in the Kubota, which for a 45-horse with backhoe, really isn’t bad at all. If I ever need to sell it, I wouldn’t take much less than $15,000. Not that that’s going to happen anytime soon. I haven’t found much on our small property the tractor won’t do: snow removal, firewood, food plots, our big garden, cutting trails in the woods, dragging logs to be milled into lumber.
If you’re shopping for a tractor at auction, and do your research, and know enough for a thorough in-person inspection, that could be your story, too. Knowledgeable friends are worth their weight in gold, too. Me, I have a whole new list of things for the next big ag sale: a tiller, a brush hog, a spreader, grader blade, forks and on and on and on.
Operate the skid steer loader the way you like through the simple touch of a button on our EZ-EH controls. Quickly switch between personalized settings for speed and control customization; program up to nine different presets to recall operator settings for different jobs and different operators at the touch of a button. There’s also an intuitive lockout menu and rocker switch to easily alternate between CASE “H” and “ISO” patterns.
The wheels on a skid steer typically have no steering mechanism, they are in a fixed, straight line relative to the body of the machine. By turning the left and right wheel pairs at different speeds, the machine turns by skidding, or dragging its wheels across the ground. The rigid frame and strong wheel bearings prevent the torsional forces caused by this dragging motion from damaging the machine. This skidding motion tears up the ground on which the machine operates.
Buying a used tractor can save you a lot of money. Tractors are built to last many years therefore second-hand tractors may go through a few owners throughout their lifespan. Many farmers are very regular customers at tractor auction. Sometimes these farm tractor auctions are nearby and you can thus touch and inspect the second hand farm tractors for sale before you bid on them.
Fifty-five farmers and assorted country folk clustered around the auctioneer. Bidding on the New Holland was fast and fierce. Then, the Kubota was up. “$15,000, can I get $15,000,” the auctioneer sang through a megaphone. “How about 10? Can I get 10? $10,000?” My buddy Kyle had told me never to bid first. They always start high, so wait for the drop and let someone else kick it off. “Nice Kubota, backhoe, good machine, how about 7, can I get 7?” A card went up. A guy in overalls near the front had bid. “We have 7, how about 7-5, 7-5.” Shaking like baby deer, I raised my card. “7-5, in the back. Can I get 8, 8, 8?” Overalls raised his card. “8-5, 8-5.”