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The problem with buying used equipment is that you are often buying another man's problem.
What does a rancher sell when drought hits his range?
He sells the brood-stock that lose their calves or lambs. He sells any animal that ever thought about jumping the fence. He sells the ones with bad feet, can't keep weight on, wormy or simply have a bad disposition.
Downsizing can be a good thing. Put rubber beneath your problems and send them down the road. Sell the ones that take money out of your pocket and keep the ones that put twenty-dollar bills into your wallet.
All too often (at least for those of us shopping for used equipment) the same is true for tractors and such.
I bought a tractor today. It is twice as much tractor as I really need. It weighs 5300 pounds and is rated for 60hp on the PTO. It also shares a birthday with me. It will be brush-hogging, pulling boats out of the lake, dragging dead ash logs out of the swamp and dead deer out of the woods.
The man selling the tractor was very clear and up-front about his problem.
He had done some excavation work for the tractor's previous owner. When presented with the bill, the previous owner was about $2500 shy of being able to pay the bill.
I put the equivalent of 120, $20 bills into that excavator's pocket today.