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Buckeye Oliver collector

10-13-2012 22:59:14

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I agree its a shame for it to go to scrap. There are alot of factors. Not enough room in a shed, not enough money (alot of people are living check to check), not enough interest (current collectors are not getting younger and younger guys are not getting into it) etc. etc. I think a really big issue is getting parts. Lets face it that Moline went out of business years ago and alot of people don't want to have something shipped from 500 miles away. I'm not trying to single out one company either. Its like that for Oliver, Allis, Cockshutt and a bunch of others as well. Don't know if its like this everywhere but when I go to a tractor pull anymore there are 100 tractors there (maybe) and a third are John Deere, a third are International and the other third is made up of all the other brands. Lots of reasons but parts and popularity are big.

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Alan K

10-14-2012 07:51:57

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 Re: scrappers in reply to Buckeye Oliver collector, 10-13-2012 22:59:14  
I agree and also if I may add, a person can pay a hefty price on a tractor that doesnt run and all of the common parts that a person needs arent there. If you buy one to make money (sell for iron) you have a return on your investment right away, if you buy to save it, there the money stays, but you have an investment in history. I did buy a couple of 5 Stars from a junk yard a few years ago just because I needed a couple of parts and hated to see the rest go for iron, but they had no sheetmetal and the common parts were gone (3pt,drawbar,manifold...) That is one problem with parting out a tractor that runs, once the common parts are gone you ar left with a pile of iron. The one thing that always irritates me is when you see someone parting out a "good running tractor"...if it runs good or even runs then SELL IT whole. There are people out here that would love to own it. (enuff ranting)

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10-15-2012 17:38:06

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 Re: scrappers in reply to Alan K, 10-14-2012 07:51:57  
little late to the party, but i can tell you if money weren't the issue then i would buy them all where parts would be readily available for restorations. It just seems i can't find enough no matter how hard i try, i have saved 15 from the local yard (helps to have family at the business) just need more money and i will save a bunch.

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Alan K

10-15-2012 19:26:48

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 Re: scrappers in reply to gfs, 10-15-2012 17:38:06  
I hear ya....

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