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Rich,
I don't think that Ingersoll sold all that many 7000 LBH's I have not heard of many problems and whatever problems I did hear about, all had to do with the front axle. I'm surprised that he does not disclose the hour meter reading because that unit appears to have low hours on it. It has the Woods backhoe on it, which is a pretty good hoe. In my opinion, $8500.00 would seem to be a pretty good deal subject to a thorough inspection and testing.

I could be wrong but I don't believe that they came with a 25 HP Kohler in them. So that claim does raise some flags. Is that the original engine or was it re-powered? And if so, WHY? Or is the Seller just mistaken, like so many Sellers are? Brian will likely happen by and he can tell us about the power plant as can Bart...since he owns a 7000 loader.
 

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Rich,
Colt and Case began with single cylinder Kohler K engines that were all cast iron, except for the head. Later on, the M engine was used which was nearly identical to the K. The CH 20 and 25 engines are aluminum block V-Twin models known as Command Pro. They are highly respected power-plants in the same league as Briggs and Stratton's Vanguard engine or V-twins from Generac, Honda or Kawasaki. None of those engines would cause me to blink if I was buying a piece of equipment with them in place.

You take your pick and take your chances. Look after them well and anyone of them should give you well over 2000 hours of service before needing rebuilding.
 

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That unit began listing last year with 10.5 hours and 25hp Kohler. It has popped back up in the last couple months. The unit is owned by a business and was a rental. It has the original 20hp Kohler, the owner has other Kohler powered equipment and confused the HP rating. The hour meter was broken when the unit was purchased. The owner "guesses" 300-400 hours (as of last month). Too many inconsistencies for me without some thorough research. But the $8500 is a price drop.
 

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Yes.. that is true to a degree, Rich but that doesn't make it a machine to shy away from. Really top notch rental companies take very good care of their equipment. They expect it to come back clean if it it doesn't, they charge a fee to clean it. In addition, the shop is required to check the machine over very carefully for any damage and repair that damage before it goes out again. They are also scrupulous when it comes to servicing.

Rental shops must have their equipment in top shape at all times because customers don't tolerate equipment failures. When you rent, you pay top buck for the use of that equipment and you have every right to expect it to do the job it was intended to do and not fail on you.

Quite often, you can get some really excellent pieces of equipment from rental shops because they turn their stuff over fast while it still has good residual value. Now... there are exceptions to the rule but the chain stores all follow a formula set down by head office. They buy at a special price, recover that amount very fast through rentals and then flip the item so they can buy a new one. Mom and Pop stores will often keep an item until it breaks down too often but they don't get much for it because Buyers can see that it's been beat to death. This machine looks good but photos do lie.

If anyone is in need of a loader/hoe, this one would cost you $22,000.00 in the money of today if you could buy one but you can't these have not been made since the old Ingersoll declared Chapter 11 in 2004 and they were $18,000.00 plus at that time.

Besides, we all know that it's hard to kill one of these due to the reliefs that are watching all of the hydraulic circuits. What's mostly at issue here is slop in the bushings in the hoe and loader. If you operate both ends of the machine, any slop will be apparent.
 
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