Have you made your decision yet? Let's of good advice on here. I picked up an old Case 450 tracked loader a few years ago for $3000. Known problems were no brakes, blown seal on right side track tension cylinder, and missing hydraulic cylinders for the 4-in-1 bucket. The only issue that I have had so far is not being able to find replacement cylinders for the 4-in-1 bucket. I was able to locate master cylinders for the brakes and the track tension cylinder on e-bay. This weekend my Dad and I took the track off and put in back on by hand without having to break any links- probably and hour, tops. The real struggle was getting the shaft from the track tension cylinder out. It was rusted in the slot, nothing that some some liquid wrench, heat, a big 'ole hammer, and my Pop jumping up and down on the pipe couldn't handle though:thumbsup: If you are mechanically inclined and have some patience the old machines will do alright. I have used mine to demolish a house and clear land and am looking foward to many more years of rugged use. I vote for the Case, but I suspect you'll do alright with either. And though I do loan out some of my simpler implements, I agree with Gale on not loaning out equipment-especially the old stuff!