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    Default Buying Rental Tractor

    We are looking at a late 90's L35 with 1200+ hours that for the first 1000 hours was a rental unit. I am, like many of you, concerned with abuse as a rental. I have a few questions:

    1. I know the L35's are very heavy duty. Is rental abuse less of a concern with a tractor like this, especially if it checks out OK?
    2. Have any of you bought rental units? What was your experience with them?

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Buying Rental Tractor

    Don't do it man.

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    Default Re: Buying Rental Tractor

    When there are one owner, cared for machines out there?
    The price would have to be give-a-way for me to consider it. Just being honest. 1000 hours of rental time? That's like dog years, right?
    BP


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    Default Re: Buying Rental Tractor

    Don's walk away, run away. Rental equipment gets regular oil changes, but is abused badly by renters.

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    Default Re: Buying Rental Tractor

    I bought an exrental B21 in 2008 with 1050 hours on it. It has worked great for me. I can not identify any problems due to its rental history. I have used it about 300 hours. In that time the only non maintenance issues have been a burned out stop solenoid ($150) and a few hydraulic hoses. I am fairly certain that I am rougher with it than the renters would have been. Industrial Kubotas are built to work hard. In my opinion they are much tougher than the sandard B and L series.

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    Default Re: Buying Rental Tractor

    Do a search for DFKRUG's rental JD 4300 rebuild. He did a fantastic job rescuing a thoroughly abused tractor; but he has skills most of us do not possess.

    I second another poster's comments...DON'T DO IT!
    Paraphrasing Douglas Adams - So long and thanks for all the bacon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RidgeHiker View Post
    We are looking at a late 90's L35 with 1200+ hours that for the first 1000 hours was a rental unit. I am, like many of you, concerned with abuse as a rental. I have a few questions:

    1. I know the L35's are very heavy duty. Is rental abuse less of a concern with a tractor like this, especially if it checks out OK?
    Not to me. Tractor's are susceptible to abuse just like any other machine. And when the various people using it don't own it, there's just no way in the world that on average they will take care of it like it was their own.

    I should add though that I'd be hard pressed to buy any used tractor, unless it was nearly flawless & could be easily proven to have only been driven to church on Sundays by a little old lady.

    Quote Originally Posted by RidgeHiker View Post
    2. Have any of you bought rental units?
    No way would I do it.

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    My local NH dealers stopped renting out tractors several years back so that tells you something. A 2 year old tractor looked like it was 20 years old and operated in a salvage yard. Every panel was busted or dented, front wheel bent etc.

    Spend $2K more and get a one owner tractor.
    2006 TC45A

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    Default Re: Buying Rental Tractor

    For me, it would all come down to how much cheaper you could buy it for compared to other used ones.

    IMO, just because it is a rental doesnt mean it is abused more than a privatally owned tractor. I know a lot of guys that abuse their OWN equipment. But at least with a rental, 9 times out of 10, you are guarenteed it was not neglected in the service department.

    A private owner machine without a service record and 1000hrs would probabally scare me more, it all just depends on what it looks like.

    If it looks in good shape, and not all tore up, it could possibally be a good buy. If you are unfamiliar with tractors and basic mechanics, take a knowledgable friend along with you to check it out Check for things like slop in the hoe (pins and bushings), dentslbends in the main boom, loader frame, and buckets. Look for cracked castings around where the loader and BH frame mount. Things like this.

    And to answer your second question, NO I havent bought a rental unit. But that didn't stop me from looking at them. But for me, the prices were too close compared to other used units.

    And also, just because you find a unit off a private individual, doesnt mean that it didnt start life as a rental unit either. There's really no way to prove its past 1000hrs of history unless the owner cares to disclose his purchase paperwork, which he doesnt have to if he doesnt want. Someone out there may very well buy the unit you are looking at, do whatever he needs, and in a month mark it up a few thousand and re-sell. I have seen this done personally, and it's all because people think "private used" is worth more than rental used.
    ".........there is only one way to find out."
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    Default Re: Buying Rental Tractor

    I would say it would depend on what I found inspecting it and the price. Look for cracks, welds or other signs of abuse. Make sure the controls all function as expected without excessive slop.

    I would also be leery of too many new parts or fresh paint.
    -=Mark=- 03 Kubota B7500, 47 Ford 2N

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