Fair price for this Cat 252?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by Lawnworks, Nov 18, 2007.

  1. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
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    I am thinking of buying a '04 Cat 252 w/ 500 hours. What is the market value of this unit? One owner and stored under a pole barn. Also what are the differences b/t a 252 and 252b?

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  2. accurate machinery

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    Are you sure about the hours?? There are no rubs on the back corners at all, even with 500 hours there are usually some wear signs, it has been repainted. The painted hydraulic lines, and the rear pivot linkage should be black. I would dig a little deeper, if you call the s/n in to a Cat dealer you can have them check on hour meter service history if it was serviced or warranty repaired at a Cat dealer. Retail value is about $16K but values have been changing rapidly over the past couple of months. I am not sure about the changes between the non "B" and the "B".
     
  3. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    The B models have little upgrades like horse power and hydraulics, nothing major structurally.
     
  4. grassmanvt

    grassmanvt LawnSite Senior Member
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    I could be wrong but if this was an 04' than I thought the b-series was out by then. Not sure though. This is not a b-series machine.
     
  5. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'd run away from that machine. It's not an '04, 04's were B series and this machine has a nice Dupont rebuild. The lift cylinders and rear vertical lift system aren't painted black like they're supposed to be and the hoses are painted, what a cheap paint job. Skid steers don't need paint after 500 hours.

    Differences between A series and B series weren't significant. The biggest upgrade was the different joysticks, allowing the use of electrical and other hydraulic functions right from the joystick.
     
  6. Tigerotor77W

    Tigerotor77W LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I second (and third and fourth etc) the thoughts about the paint... not saying there's anything up with it, but painting the H-frame in the back and the front tilt cylinders only seems odd.

    The A-series to B-series have a few engine upgrades (HP bump), joystick upgrades (depending on options), and cab upgrades. There may be some powertrain changes, but the basic machine remains unchanged.
     
  7. accurate machinery

    accurate machinery LawnSite Member
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    I don't think that they only painted the rear H-frame and front cylinders, they painted and decaled the whole machine. They didn't take the time to separate out the black parts other than the cab and the lift cylinders. Or they masked off the cab and lift cylinders. The point about the paint doesn't make it a bad machine. Skag might be right about it being a machine to run from, however, it could be a machine that someone felt would have been good to repaint for resale. Watch out for signs of Foundry or factory use and or Agriculture use. Those machines frequently have such bad pitting in the wheels and painted surfaces that they have to be repainted or no one would ever buy them. (look closely at the surfaces, if you see that kind of surface you might want to steer clear as every nut, bolt and hydraulic fitting can be a problem). Frequently they end up in an auction with a fresh paint job. You could look at the machinerytrader.com auction results and possibly find the s/n listed.
     
  8. Tigerotor77W

    Tigerotor77W LawnSite Bronze Member
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    True. It could have been personal taste, too, so I wasn't trying to attack the paint job as being a sign of the original owner trying to conceal something...

    point well-taken.
     
  9. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
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    Thanks for the sharp eyes. The machine was bought at an estate sale. The seller says he knew the guy and he bought it new for his ranch. The seller says he did not paint it and is going to ask the widow if she knew of her late husband painting it. I have got the serial number and will check it out at my Cat dealer. Machine is going for 12k... I was thinking I could turn around and do 15k-16k on ebay or equipment trader.
     
  10. grassmanvt

    grassmanvt LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thats a pretty good buy one way or the other. If it you don't take it let me know where it is and I'd put a number on it. Good Luck!
     

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