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cbmoore
09-07-2006, 12:45 PM
I have found a 1985 John Deere 755 loader with 4n1 bucket, hydrostatic drive, unknown hours.
Rebuilt motor 200hrs ago
rebuilt hydro motors 150hrs ago
Sprockets in decent shape, some rollers replaced
New teeth on bucket
minor leak on lift cylinder, bucket
New pins,bushings in tracks
Owner states that the chains,rails need to replaced(~4K) and the pins,bushings should not have been used(waste of time) by previous owner.
he is asking $12,500

I would like to know if changing the chains/rails is a difficult job, and how expensive? Can you just take a link out of the chains to remove the slack?

What would be a good price be on this size machine?
I will be clearing ~20acres of small pines, other softwoods(12" max. diameter)

Thanks,
Brian Moore

ksss
09-07-2006, 08:46 PM
You may consider renting or hiring some one with a Fecon type cutter head. The viability of that would depend on how thick the stand was, but you would not have to deal with near as much slash. Actually you would be left with nothing but mulch. If your just looking at buying the JD to do this one job this might be a better route. Especially if you end up putting a lot of money into the JD.

cbmoore
09-07-2006, 10:13 PM
Thanks for the suggestions. Any idea what the average hourly rate is for that kind of set up?

Thanks,
Brian Moore

AWJ Services
09-08-2006, 08:26 AM
The Grinders will leave most of the stump under the ground.

I personally would look for an older machine that has new undercarriage like a 450 or 550.

They are not as civilized as the newer machines but are cheap too work on and durable.

Also a Cat 943 are really good machines also.

It scares me at the 12,500 dollar price.
That is cheap .

Most older good loaders will set you back at least 20k if they have a good undercarriage.Even for the smaller 450 machines.

Remember if you buy a good machine it will virtually lose no value.
Use it and sell it after you are done.