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OK, I don't "NEED" a backhoe and I certainly wasn't going to pay $11,000 or whatever Deere wanted for it......

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I potentially have a chance to pick one up with probably < 10 hours on it for CHEAP - maybe $1000 - $1500 - that is a weeks rent on a mini excavator and might be worth it.....

I'll need power beyond kit - so roughly $500 I think
Best I can tell the frame mount for the Backhoe is $1278

What I can't determine is how much tractor has to be disassembled to install the frame mount - It appears extensive from the blow up pictures
 

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Thanks for the link...

Not a scam - it was bought by a company to use for landscape and various services and after they realized the trouble with putting it off/on along with the finish mower etc, they bought a mini excavator and put the backhoe in the back of the garage. I am good friends with the now foreman of the maintenance shop who is charged with selling the older or unused items. They auction them and I can't imagine too much competition - but I could be wrong. Typically their auctions draw 3-5 people who are all landscapers looking for good deals on their zero turns that they replace every 2 years.

EDIT: just looked at instructions - not nearly as bad as I thought
 

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I agree with KennyD that the price sounds too good to be true. Even though you know the manager you never know what an auction will bring out in folks and how crazy prices will get. If it were me I’d make them offer that pays what they think it will bring and add a few hundred to cover any auction fees and costs and try to get it from them without having to bid on it.

You’d still be many thousands ahead in the deal-speaking of-do they have the subframe you are pricing out? Have them throw that in as well, round up generously and make them an offer-you’ll still save big $ over new in your BH.
 

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I agree with KennyD that the price sounds too good to be true. Even though you know the manager you never know what an auction will bring out in folks and how crazy prices will get. If it were me I’d make them offer that pays what they think it will bring and add a few hundred to cover any auction fees and costs and try to get it from them without having to bid on it.

You’d still be many thousands ahead in the deal-speaking of-do they have the subframe you are pricing out? Have them throw that in as well, round up generously and make them an offer-you’ll still save big $ over new in your BH.
They are not removing the subframe from their 4066R

You have 4 hours from end of auction to remove all equipment

It is in the back corner of their maintenance garage - if you don't have a 4 series tractor ready to back up to it, it is going to be next to impossible to remove the backhoe
 
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