Prices are all over the place on these things. Beat to snot ones seem to move off CL for 4-900 bucks pretty quick. There's even a $1700 used one listed right now and it doesn't look all that well made either.
I got a Squealer 60 today with a missing input shaft and all the bearings/gear for what I think was pretty fair price, and will have about $500 into it without fixing the half-dozen issues with the side rail edges. It's got a nice eurocardan clutch and yolks and the shields are all present and good shape - so the PTO shaft is worth $150 itself. The blades looked good, and the stump jumper appears to be unscathed. I think the previous owners were just good at hooking things and pulling/pushing them into the sides/back of the tin. SQ60's have a reputation for losing oil seals, so the gear box being toast doesn't surprise me in the slightest. One report on TBN said they were charged $400 for fixing it. I've got a new 40hp Omni coming for $155. I'll have a spare hub out of the deal if all goes my way too.
60" is too narrow for my tires, so I'm probably going to run this through the property a little to make sure all is kosher and throw it back on CL. Not sure if I should bother trying to dress it up or not? It's been welded on before, but otherwise the deck looks really nice considering.
Got my new Omni gear box via Brown Santa yesterday, took the bush hog over to my buddies place and we used his tractor to lift it up, then with a little heat and a couple hammer taps the stump jumper was off. About 5 minutes later the new box was in and we were banging out dents.
The Omni was a direct replacement with perfect fit in every dimension. Didn't even need a different hub for the stump jumper, so now I have a spare.
When we were working on this, we were discussing ideas for my 8' twin rotor cutter I've been cogitating building.
I've got some seams to weld up, and will put it in the bush and give her a go for sure! After that, she might not stick around long. Mid July BH prices should go up and I may send this one on it's way and use the proceeds to whip up something more my style (and weight).
The deck and sides are only 3/16" so I'm just going to do it up North with my little Hobart 120v mig (that way I can use my loader to position it). We managed to pull the big dent out of the side with a piece of square tubing and a C-clamp. Worked really well.
The blades are brand new. Sure would love to know the story on how they ended up selling it missing the innards. There was some oil under the deck, but it was a single large spot about a foot diameter and I have a hard time thinking that was the lower seal these are known for spitting. If I had to guess, I'd say it was more likely caused by a pinhole in the tin and leaked down from the top. The top of the deck is drenched in gear oil.
Maybe they seized the clutch and hit something major, replaced the blades and then found out the input shaft was toast? Stump jumper cowl isn't even 1/8" (the tin that covers the heavy bar that holds the blades) and there's no dents on it.
Oh well, I'll likely never find out. I've got more scars than I can keep track of too.