Topic: Re: scrappers
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I agree with everything that has been said above. Lets think about this though, most collectors are well aware of the availability of parts through other collectors as well as parts suppliers. A collector generally knows about how much they are generally looking at to get that machine either running or restored. Start off with the cost of driving to the sale site and the cost of hauling it home, you can get a lot of money wrapped up in a tractor just starting off. I myself am thinking about these things before I even go to an auction. If I can't make it work for me, then I unfortunately have to pass. For me, it isn't about the initial purchse price; rather, it all about the complete investment. I know that it a tough position to be in, but it is simple economics for my hobby that is self supporting. Unforunately, scrappers don't have to play by the same rules, so they get the items for cheap and help "melt" agriculture history.
We also need to keep in mind in the last couple years, there have been a lot of machines that have been on auctions and they have been rust buckets versus machines with easy potential. Yes, there have been some good units on good sales as well. Yes, its nice to see what is on the sale bills, but I would not drive the hundreds of mile to see them sell if they are stuck, need tires, need all new sheetmetal, new rims, etc.
Just my thoughts, just my story, but sure wish I had more capabilities to save more MMs, but I would have to build a building the size of the Pentagon.
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