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1998 Case 580L with 4K hours

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by kb9nvh, Jul 19, 2010.

  1. kb9nvh

    kb9nvh LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 602

    I'm getting ready to build a house and thought I could do a lot of the work myself (driveway, geothermal heat pump, septic, fence line clearing, and maybe a small pond (75' dia) as well as a lot of little projects that have always been to big for a shovel.

    Anyway, the idea is to buy a backhoe and use it a few years then sell it again.
    I almost bought a 680L last year but backed out at the last minute. My search leads me to believe that a 580 Case is the perfect size for what I need and for resale later. what do you guys think of this one:

    I talked to the guy tonight and he seems like a good honest guy. I'm thinking 20K would be a good price for this. What do you guys think?
  2. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    You can't beat Case backhoes that one seems to be a pretty good deal I would see if you can get some better pictures. Too bad it doesn't have a 4 in 1 bucket.
  3. kb9nvh

    kb9nvh LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 602

    Or AC in the cab. Can a 4 in 1 bucket be put on after or it that cost prohibitive or just not something you do?

    Tires are 60-70%. most hours were put on my rural utility company near dayton oh. He removed snow with it with a giant scoop (not shown). I'm going to go look at it this weekend. I'll probably end up keeping it for 5 years. Wonder how much it will be worth then if I put 1000 more hours on it?

  4. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,151

    Not having AC can be a deal breaker for many, but if you can get it for 20K you likely could keep it for 5 years put 1000 hours on it and sell it for 18-20K no problem. Heck if the economy turns around you might sell it for more than you paid for it.

    You can put a 4 in 1 bucket on at anytime.
  5. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    Case backhoes don't drop in value especially 4x4s so I wouldn't be too worried and if you keep it 5 years the machine would probably pay for itself if the work picks up.

    The 590s are more common around here the 580 is just as good the best backhoe made.
  6. Ozz

    Ozz LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 887

    Go for it. Unlike Cat backhoes, Case machines don't start to lose value until well after 4,000 hours.
  7. kb9nvh

    kb9nvh LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 602

    Got back from testing out the backhoe. Its solid and tight. Engine seems to run strong...I think its turbo (see pictures)

    Price is 21.5K and wont budge (so far).

    The only issue was that the extend a hoe would get stuck in the all the way in position and had to play with it to get it to extend. What could cause that? Maybe a bad twist to the bucket while extended or just grease??? Can it be fixed if its a twist?

    I think the tires are worn pretty good..what do you guys think?

    Thanks for your opinions..
    Here are a bunch of photos at this link.

  8. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    The extenda hoe could be dry and sticking I doubt the boom would be bent unless its been abused. Is the guy the orginal owner from new ?

    The machine looks clean enough the pictures of the grease points you took look a little dry hasn't this machine been used in a while. I would like to see lots of grease drooling everywhere.

    As for the price it is reasonable used Case Backhoes don't drop in value much if that was a 590 it would be well in demand around here.
  9. kb9nvh

    kb9nvh LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 602

    He bought it at auction from the electric coop in ohio (still labeled on the side of the hoe). He said he put about 300 hours on it. His first backhoe (like me) i bet he didn't keep up with the greasing. Its still tight though not alot of slop.
  10. kb9nvh

    kb9nvh LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 602

    Funny you dont see a lot of 590's on the auction sites???


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