Opinion for $100 real JD 826, good condition
I'm hesitant to buy a real John Deere 826, circa around 1983, garage kept, good running condition, look good, no rust.
I have machines I'm flipping, machines I'm keeping, machines I need to make a decision on to keep or sell.
I own a Murray Craftsman 10/29 with a 16" impeller and the backup to that, a real 1983 JD 1032, and a Noma 5/24, Ariens ST522, one of the two latter will be up for sale, another 2 5hp I'm selling, 2 8hp I'm selling, a nice Dynamark and a light easy to manuever older 15-20 yrs 8hp MTD, keeping a 8hp 1975 Yardman Snowbird with the front auger sticking out that I'm going to use for the EOD.
I love the power, lightweight, and the quickness of the 8hp MTD and would like to keep it to replace the Ariens and the Noma but hesitant to keep the MTD because it has a lot of use on it, bought it for a flip. If the 5hp engine goes on the 24" Noma I can always power up with a 212cc Predator, or do I keep my 22" Ariens? The Noma has a very high front housing, 20"? with a 12" impeller.
Do I buy the JD for a flip? After spending the time going through it, do I keep it to replace one of the lighter 5hp which I don't want to do, I LOVE the quickness and lightness of the 5hp compared to the 10hp. Don't see a reason to keep the JD 8hp to sell the JD 10hp? Both are about the same weight though a 26" is easier to manuever than the 32". Or should I? The JD 10hp runs perfect with so little use on it by the original purchaser. But the old real JD, not Murray JD or Ariens JD, parts are expensive and harder to find.
1986 Ariens ST522, 5hp, 22"
1995 Murray Craftsman 10hp, 29" w. 12" impeller
A 1983 Real John Deere 10hp, 32" w. 12" impeller, 16" auger, 20" high front, cast iron gear box, chains
Noma 9hp, 27" w. 12" impeller
Noma 5hp, 24" w. 12" impeller, 20" high front
Gravely Convertible, 12hp Kohler cast iron, 26" width, 600 lbs of cast iron & steel, 2 speed impeller, 4 ground speeds
Dynamark 8hp, 26", 12" impeller, for sale
Several other 5hp, 8hp, several 2 cycle, all for sale