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Granted............it's a low hour tractor but $2200.00????????????

Maybe I'm waaaaaaaaaaaaay off-base but I think that he will be lucky to see $1200.00 for it.

It is an Ingersoll 3000 with Massey clothing and those were built in 91 and 92. That makes his unit 20 years old. Most people will go to a big box store and spend $2200.00 there and come home with a brand new machine with a warranty before they spend the same money on some oddball 20 year old grass cutter.

That's the problem he's facing. Now......is his machine actually worth $2200.00? Sure it is. A new 3000 without the bagger will cost you over $5000.00 and the bagger is likely another $1500.00 above that figure.

However, try conveying that to Joe Average homeowner.
 

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Tom/Group: So it may need to spend some time on CL till it comes down to earth. Seems that the collectors really go crazy over the 4000 series equivalent in Massey, not so sure about the 3000 equivalent. :222: :446: Best Regards, Rich
 

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From my observations, the 3000's seem to be rarer than the 4000's. I'm not a Massey guy so I certainly could be wrong.

To me.....this one is a collector tractor in the making. There's no reason to not buy this and use it for the next 10 to 20 years and then restore it as a collector tractor once you have your money's worth out of it. Only someone with deep pockets would pay $2200.00 for that right now and then turn it into a trailer queen.

I'm not saying that this shouldn't be done. I'm just saying that there are a limited number of people who would tie up that kind of money in a show tractor. Most of us are just too damn cheap. :lol: :lol: :lol:
 

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Tom/Group: So it may need to spend some time on CL till it comes down to earth. Seems that the collectors really go crazy over the 4000 series equivalent in Massey, not so sure about the 3000 equivalent. :222: :446: Best Regards, Rich
WHO? :sidelaugh:
 

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If the operating hours bear out on inspection, that is quite and interesting little machine. Of course, it is actually early 90's, not early 80's as posted.

Yes, price in an open sales seems a bit unrealistic, but time and an interested buyer will tell.

The hours are unusually low and are frequently attributed to broken hour meters. Just like good low hour cars, these tractors can be inspected for some logical alignment to the hours. Is the wear on the foot pads consistent with 3-5 years of use? The control lever knobs? Front steering tight? Etc.

A few years back I picked up a '91/92 4020 with about 225 hours showing. That is hard to believe. When I went to inspect it, the original owner (1 owner with receipts) has .25 acres of mowable grass ... mostly under thick shade and sparse growth at that. Good sign. The plastic knobs have no real wear on the graining patterns. Etc. Etc. I bought in at their asking price. When I took the RM48 deck off, I touched it with a damp scrub brush to find original powder coat paint covering not less than 85% of the underside of the deck. This tractor had been used maybe 10-15 hours per season with mowing and another few hours to plow a 30 ft driveway. Put away clean and stored always indoors.

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I know that we talk about "value" on this forum quite a bit. Maybe...........too much. :sidelaugh:

This particular tractor is intriguing. As Brian said, you really have to inspect it closely to see if the hourmeter is truthful or not. But let's say that it is. Realistically speaking, if you set aside the fact that this tractor is 20 years old, it's almost brand new.

Given the choice between spending $2200.00 for this Massey or $7200.00 for a new 3000 series Ingersoll, I'll take the Massey. Both machines are good for another 20 years, if looked after properly. At the end of that 20 years of use, the residual value will likely be within 10 percent of each other.

Yes. The new Ingy will have power steering but $5000.00 buys a lot of Wheaties and that's not counting the interest on that 5 G's over the 20 years, either. The point I'm trying to make here is simple. You cannot always look at a tractor from a singular viewpoint. What matters is what that tractor will do for you and for how long it will do it.

A new Ingy isn't going to cut your grass or bag your clippings any better than that Massey will. He would likely take 2 G's and that means you are spending one hundred bucks per year to own a fantastic GT.
 
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