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    Default Bush Hog Squealer SQ160

    I plan on looking at a used (3 years old) 5' Bush Hog rotary cutter up for sale locally. Seller is asking $750. Is that a reasonable ask? I'm not sure if it has the (optional) slip clutch. Is it reasonable to ask seller to mount the unit on his tractor and give her a whirl to be sure it works? What should I be looking for? I've never operated a rotary cutter before. Can I rotate the shaft by hand and get the gearbox turning and blades spinning? How do I get a look at the blades? I believe that unit weighs over 600 lbs. so I'm not going to be able to flip the deck over like I do my walk behind mower. Any "kick the tires" recommendations for this newbie would be appreciated.
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    Default Re: Bush Hog Squealer SQ160

    I,ve seen Them go From 300 to 800 bucks Here Latelly Depending on Condition , So I,d say thats the High end in Todays Economy , Depending on Brand & Condition .

    Just My Opinion , But I Bought a 6 foot Finish mower site Unseen & Had Him Deliver it , on the Mans Word & It turned out Great with NO issues .

    But I also Now have a 5 Footer for Sale & Wouldn,t even Think about Letting someone Buy it Without Hooking it Up to Show That it Works & Raise the Deck so it Could be Inspected . But Thats Just Me .

    Thinks To Check Would be Leaks From the Gearbox & Underneath , Excesive rust in the Deck , Upward Play in The Blades or Damage to them . & Play in the PTO Shaft ends & the Plastic Shields are on it . Also Make Sure its The Proper Length for Your needs .

    Best Bet is To Watch it Mow though if They Still Have the Tractor to hook it up to , Most issues will Show up then . Best of Luck , Bob

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    Default Re: Bush Hog Squealer SQ160

    I agree with all that Cowboy said. And yes, you can turn the PTO shaft by hand, but not very fast, and it takes a little strength. A slip clutch is about a $100 addition to the value.
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    Default Re: Bush Hog Squealer SQ160

    It's always good practice to offer less than the asking price. If the cutter is in good shape, I'd offer $650 to see if they would take it. However, $750 is about 1/2 the new price on that cutter, so it's still a good price if the cutter is in good condition. If they are firm on price and you like the cutter, I think you could be happy paying $750 for it.
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    Default Re: Bush Hog Squealer SQ160

    I'd at least check with the Local TSC or equivialant on what a new KingKutter that size would cost for comparison but that sounds high to me also I'd say more like $300 for a 3 yr old unit. CCM and Agri-Supply are good units as well might have some shipping cost involved there though. Be aware that most RFM's take shear bolts, and, use the low grade bolts for them. bjr

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    Default Re: Bush Hog Squealer SQ160

    Good Mornin Citytransplant,
    I bought my SQ60 Bushog from my Uncle Dave in Jan of 04. He had bought it new in Jan of 98 for $950 from Salem Farm Supply. I paid $500 for that mower and have been using it without any problems since then. I dont think $750 is too far out of line, but you might make an offer for slightly less !

    As the other posters have suggested, check for any gear box leaks, overall condx of the unit, condx of blades and stump jumper etc. Check the gear oil level etc...

    I would buy another unit just like it !

    BTW I have the slip clutch on this unit !
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    Default Re: Bush Hog Squealer SQ160

    I have the same unit that I bought new 6 years ago,it has at least 400hours of working time on it.We have lots of rocks,so it has be tought going for my brush hog,it is pretty beat-up :it still works well;I have only sheared one bolt.
    Definately have the person hook it up and run,check the balance of the blades(it will be excesively noisy if out of balance) when up inspect for wear.

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    Default Re: Bush Hog Squealer SQ160

    I think it is a good price. I've had several 5 foot Bush Hog Squealers and sold my last one for $1000. They are better made than many medium duty cutters.

    Andy

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    Default Re: Bush Hog Squealer SQ160

    Unless there's a problem with the mower, $700 isn't too outlandish. Of course, you'd LIKE to buy it even cheaper, so offer a little less. Someone mentioned $300. That won't buy you a rusted out, trashed antique here, muchless a name brand late model mower. As mentioned, slip clutch adds $100(+). Personally I wouldn't own a mower WITHOUT a slip clutch, but some have reasonable success without. (Shear bolts can be a nuisance)
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    Default Re: Bush Hog Squealer SQ160

    I wouldn't buy a used 5ft hog for that,considering you can buy a new kk 5ft for probably less than 1,000.Slip clutch on a hog ain't needed really,shear bolt works fine in most grass cutting/weed cutting things,so that wouldn't add a penny to the value to me anyways.

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