Looking to buy this tractor for our home build. I need to trench for electrical, foundation work, septic system and grading (will get a box gannon with ripper teeth) It's a 4300 with a 420 loader and a backhoe. Not sure if the backhoe is a 47, 49 or 49 as they painted it. 2944 hours on the meter. Not afraid of working on it as I have been a automotive mechanic for 30 years and a welder fabricator for 19 years so the pictures of the backhoe bucket does not scare me, only for appraisal purposes.
Was not able to start it or test any of the components but I have seen a video of it functioning
All the hydraulic rams are free from pits but the bucket tilt rams have some wear (no visible leaks). Hydraulic lines are clean and I have a Parker store account to get them made if need be as I am assuming they pressure washed any evidence of this.
The engine is not showing any signs of leaks but the rear underneath has leaks. I ran our of time to check the fluids but will do so when I return back.
The lever control for the bucket has a lot of free play before it engages the flow valves and moving the lever to the left hits the seat before fully engaging the valve.
The left brake pedal goes to the floor but the right pedal has resistance
All of the controls for the backhoe feel firm but they parked it with the bucket in the raised position
Missing a few knobs (last 2 pictures)
As this is my first tractor purchase (I grew up on a farm but never worked on them), wanted to find out if there is anything I should look for and what your thoughts are on pricing. What is a steal, a deal and the max price point.