Buying Mod'ed Tractors

MapleLeafFarmer

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Do you ever have a little warning bell go off in your head when you look to buy something like a tractor that has undergone some DIY mods??

Thinking of smaller tractors that people have cut into wiring harnesses to add lights, or remove safety switches or drilled ROP's to mount stuff on, or drilled frame to attach things like acc. posts to hold chainsaws or shovels, or drilled bucket to attach hooks into non-reinforced metal edges, etc....

What kinda mod's sit OK with you?
what kinda mod's get the little hairs on the back of your neck tingling?


I know around here one dealer charges for new ROP on trade ins if original was drilled as they say its a liability issue from their insurance supplier.
 

58Ford

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I think the replace the ROPS thing is required by Kubota. Tractors, like anything mechanical depends. Are the mods done well and look professional? Is the mod done to your standards or even higher? Do you get a good vibe from the seller?

Always, ALWAYS! Pay attention to your spidy senses - that’s why we have them apparently!
 
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ItBmine

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It would depend on the quality of work. Just like looking at this forum....some people come up with nicer ways than I thought of to do things like add lights, hold tools, etc.
So some mods add to the value. As long as it's not hacked up.
 
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XSpecBx

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Would depend on what was done. Drilling into a bucket for hooks or a cutting edge doesn’t scare me because a bucket can be repaired or replaced pretty easily. Wiring would depend on what was done and the quality of the work. Again, that can be repaired pretty easily so that wouldn’t scare me much as long as it was basic wiring.

Drilling into ROPS would be a red flag and cause me to start looking at other stuff further. Tapping into the hydraulics in non-oem type ways would also throw up a flag.
 
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DustyRusty

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I have seen ROPs that has had a hole drilled in them, and it wouldn't worry me. If it worried me enough, I would weld the hole shut grind and sand the spot, and repaint the ROPs. What if someone were to weld a bracket onto the ROPs, would that cause an issue? I would worry more about someone that has chopped up the wiring harness and modified it because that can cause your tractor to go up in smoke. Poor maintenance on the tractor is more detrimental to the tractor that a 1/2" hole in the ROPs in my opinion.
 
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GeoHorn

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For talented guys who actually USE their tractors doing Real Work…. it’s common to see modifications to make them better tools. The decision to make is…like ItBeMine suggests…. make your decision based upon the quality of the modifications…and if those add value or detract from value…and buy it for an adjusted/appropriate amount .
 
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The Evil Twin

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First sight of a Scotchlock connector and my offer drops. Anything driven by pistons (and some turbines) I can fix. What that effort is worth is another thing.
 

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It would also depend on the (prospective) buyer's abilities to judge the work done, and correct what needs correcting. For some, it's fine. For others, they should move on to the next option.
I have abilities, but I don't have time or the patience. In general, I do not buy modded anything. Automobiles, tractors, atv's, firearms, tools. I don't have the time to buy another person's problems.

One exception- my CJ7. The previous owner had converted it to fuel injection (Howell), which was well done and a huge improvement.
 

Biker1mike

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If my father in law made the mod I would not question it.
Anybody else would raise a yellow flag.
A hole in the ROPS and I would walk away assuming some other safety system may be compromised.

Then again, my flasher unit died years ago. The amber lights now stay ON when the headlights are turned on. No red running light. All wires still intact, capped, and taped if the next owner wants to take the tank off and get a new flasher.
 

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If my father in law made the mod I would not question it.
Anybody else would raise a yellow flag.
A hole in the ROPS and I would walk away assuming some other safety system may be compromised.

Then again, my flasher unit died years ago. The amber lights now stay ON when the headlights are turned on. No red running light. All wires still intact, capped, and taped if the next owner wants to take the tank off and get a new flasher.
In line flashers are inexpensive…. you can install it at the fuse box or in-line to the lamp you wish to flash: https://www.amazon.com/Dewhel-0-02A...olt+turn+signal+flasher&qid=1669215976&sr=8-5

Get your FIL to install it for you. :ROFLMAO:
 
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radas

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Cutting into the wiring harness is an automatic no for me. High amp draw accessories without the use of a relay is another red flag.
 
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GreensvilleJay

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All the mods I've done on my BX23S can be undone and back to factory specs, in less than a day, and that includes the grab hooks on the bucket
OK, you'll have to repaint a few scrapes ,here and there. After 940+ hrs of use some of the paint's come off. does that count as a 'mod' ??
 

Shekkie

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I look at it like this……if the mods are smart and done in a quality fashion then I am typically unbothered. Hacked up wiring and mods just slapped together and/or sloppy give me doubts as to how the owner used and maintained the tractor. Either you care or you don’t and a lack of caring impacts what I’m willing to spend since I know it will cost me over time.
 
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