Pulled the trigger on a used Deere 317 Skid Steer on Friday. 1040 hours, very clean, all hand controls, runs excellent. The price was too good to post online. It did have a list of things it needed though:
New head lights
New seat belt (old one was cut when retractable mechanism broke)
and some miscellaneous parts.
Hauled it home and Work on it began Saturday morning. First thing was getting it all greased up. Ran out of grease so I still have a couple pins to do yet. Changed the oil and oil filter. Installed new head lights. Put a new rivet on the serial number tag, old one was gone and the tag was stuck behind a plate in the cab. Today I tested the auxiliary hydraulics out on the backhoe and it worked great, no problems there. I placed an order for some new parts which should be in tomorrow. I still have a short list of parts to order but it is coming along nicely. I am especially eager to get the new seat belt installed, I don't like operating it without the seat belt. Still getting used to the difference of machine, my Yanmar had 16 hp, the Deere has a 61 hp Turbo Diesel and lifts 4 times as much as the Yanmar did. More coming soon!