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    New guy question, where to find used implements?

    Just started using my 2018 JD 1025r with 120 loader. Where is the best place people have found to search for used cat 1 3 pt attachements?

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    Welcome from Kalamazoo, MI!

    My first stop would always be Good Works Tractors although used inventory quickly changes. It is tough for anyone to maintain a constant full supply of used attachments as most dealers are simply taking in whatever is traded in to them.

    So, I would create and save a Craigslist search for each implement I want. Put the distance you're willing to travel, price, etc and save a few searches and check once a day. This will be your best bet.

    Otherwise, check auctions. Fall and winter are the best times to buy most attachments at auction, but deals can be had any time of year. I'm not a fan of buying tractors at auction, but implements are another story.


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    My advice would be to set aside a "slush fund" for implements. Then watch Craigslist on the regular and see what pops up. You can also keep in touch with any local farm equipment dealers and auction houses that handle that sort of stuff. Give them your name & number, tell them what you're looking for and ask them to call you if something comes in.

    I see equipment advertised all the time. Some of it sells fast (like within hours!) and some seems to languish for months. That's why having the slush fund is important. If you see something you want at a decent price, you have to be able to jump on it fast. If you have to wait a week to put the cash together, it'll be gone by then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimR View Post
    My advice would be to set aside a "slush fund" for implements. Then watch Craigslist on the regular and see what pops up. You can also keep in touch with any local farm equipment dealers and auction houses that handle that sort of stuff. Give them your name & number, tell them what you're looking for and ask them to call you if something comes in.

    I see equipment advertised all the time. Some of it sells fast (like within hours!) and some seems to languish for months. That's why having the slush fund is important. If you see something you want at a decent price, you have to be able to jump on it fast. If you have to wait a week to put the cash together, it'll be gone by then.
    Very true... Last year I found a JD 413 Rotary Cutter for $400 on Craigslist. I was the first caller. By the time I picked it up (he lived just 2 miles from our place), he had received ten calls. You have to jump on the good deals. The bad deals, such as Dearborn two bottom plows for $500 will be on CL for months. The ones for $100 will go within hours.

    Depending on the type of implement, some are not much more new. I searched three months on CL for 3-pt tillers. The best ones were 10-20% below new, and the junk was "50%" below new. Given my dealer is close, buying new is often a good option.
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    For me - before the advances of internet in every home - I would make a weekly visit to my dealer and cruise the bone yard. The bone yard being the section of recently traded tractors and equipment. Picked up some great deals that way - they were eager to get rid of the implements as they always sold the tractors by themselves.
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    I watch CL for stuff. Not all CL sellers are very gentlemanly. I always tell them I'm on my way with cash and how long it will take me to get there in hopes that they don't sell it out from under me.

    Farm auctions can be great. I watch the local auction dealers for stuff I might be interested in. Tractors and implements usually sell in the afternoon so I'm rarely in a hurry to be the first one there. I always go looking like I'm carrying my last penny with me.I wonder how many times friends have said, Drew I didn't even recognize you.

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    A good source of implements for me has been estate auctions or equipment auctions. I have purchased several implements from estate auctions that looked to have been used once (light use) and never touched again. With equipment auctions I often find implements in either excellent condition or completely worn out with fewer pieces that are just "fair/average" condition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MDrew View Post
    I watch CL for stuff. Not all CL sellers are very gentlemanly. I always tell them I'm on my way with cash and how long it will take me to get there in hopes that they don't sell it out from under me.

    Farm auctions can be great. I watch the local auction dealers for stuff I might be interested in. Tractors and implements usually sell in the afternoon so I'm rarely in a hurry to be the first one there. I always go looking like I'm carrying my last penny with me.I wonder how many times friends have said, Drew I didn't even recognize you.

    Don't forget word of mouth.

    me-gots to ask--what does this got to do with a auction?? if someone wants to bid-i don't think they look around to see how the others are dressed-do they

    now if u was going to a private home to look at stuff-being in the rags-might influence the seller someuntil u pulled out that roll of hundred dollar bills and starting crying over em
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