One more question: how big of a concern is it if the mx owner has yet to do any maintenance on his tractor up to this point (just over 200 hrs, 5 year old)?What tasks will you be doing? R4's wouldn't be very good for plowing or in the mud, but should be fine for mowing.
SSQA is nice, for about $1500 you should be able to buy an adapter and modify the bucket.
Do you have a dry place to store it? If not, I'd use the 15 grand to build a shelter.
One thing I'd dislike about the L is that the brakes are on the right side, preventing the use of steering brake. Just a personal thing.
Do you have the time and ability to make small repairs and adjustments? With its age, time and extra gadgets, I'd expect a little more TLC on the L, but, personally, I'd take that over the DPF. Either one will require oil changes, etc. Can you do that, or will you have to transport it? Get an Operator Manual and maybe the WorkShop Manual for either one.
I’m assuming missing the 50 hr maintenance is not a good thing for the engine, but would it deter you if you were a potential buyer? Would it change your approach to maintenance upon purchase?
I haven’t yet seen in person, btw, as it is a few hours away. Hoping to get out there soon.