I bought a John Deere 647 Tiller from my neighbor friend's estate... he passed away this past February.
I thought I got a decent buy on the tiller for $700, but have now discovered that my neighbor friend apparently did not maintain it well.... in fact, when I checked the oil (after I bought it - - STUPID of me, right??) it was non-existent. I pulled the gearbox drain plug and about a half-cup of rusty water came out.
Two John Deere dealers told me to 'just fill it back up with oil'...... that the gears are tough and I should be alright. I did that, and then noticed the following day that the oil had 'leaked out' from the PTO shaft seal....
So, I loaded it up and took it to the dealer to put what I thought would be a simple, $80 seal. Well, they called back and told me that in addition to the seal, the 'shaft' and the gears needed replacing.
I don't know what lead them to say this.... I had actually used the unit before I bought it once and it operated just fine... even with, apparently, no oil in it.
I really just wanted to know what this unit might be worth for parts.... the 'tines' are in good shape.... maybe somebody would buy it for the tines and other parts such as the hinged door, etc.
What might I get for it?