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Long post. Random thoughts:
$4500 CA = $3370 US so to begin with the tractor with the blower is a pretty good to very good price. I don't know the brand of blower but you rarely (never?) see a decent 2 stage blower here for under $1K US.
The HP rating is off by about 10.
According to the Nebraska Tests a 3000 diesel should put about 38 hp out the pto. If it is actually 7K hours on the proof meter that is about as high as I have ever seen one of those tachs go.
The 65-75 tachs/proof meters were notoriously failure prone and rarely registered over 3-4000 hours before going kaput. My guess is it doesn't work now and the tractor has more hours than that.
Others here can tell you more about high hours on a diesel than I but I think with good maintenance a 3 cyl should go 10K before it needs overhauled. But at that point it would need a complete reman - bore and sleeve, crank ground, major head work, etc. Also, there's the pump and injectors to consider. I would be asking if any engine or pump work has been done to it.
You know enough about tires, clutches, gears, working hyds, water in the oil or oil in the water from owning an N to inspect/inquire about those.
That model is a Very Good machine. Pretty much bullet proof. 50 - 60% more HP than an N, plus you say it has live PTO, much better/more gears, live hyds, maybe differential lock and it looks like power steering on it - all on a platform not much bigger than an N.
I started on Ns and now have a 3000D and would cry if I had to go back to an N.
And I wouldn't go back to a gasser either. Diesels Stink and those 3 cyl Fords are Noisy. But they don't have points and carbs and bad gas to fool with. They just run. They always run.
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