I saw an ad for a Big Mo 500 loader/backhoe, clutch is out, $2000. I've never been around a Minnie, don't know anything about them. Was this a common model? Parts readily available? Price of parts reasonable? Known points of failure? Easy or difficult to work on? And anything else I may not have thought of...
I have to do some cleanup work for my mom, big 1880's barn that has fallen down, some recent storm debris, and a couple other small projects. I need a functional, reasonably dependable machine, not looking for a beauty queen.
Other problem is the financial side of it. She can't afford to hire the work done. I can only get over there on weekends, can't afford to rent a hoe several time to complete the work. Heck, I've got to sell or trade my Lo-Boy 154 to buy a hoe. But it's for my mom, so I'm good with that part, and I'll still have a useful piece of equipment at the end.
Suggestions and opinions are appreciated.