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    Vanguard durability?

    I'm looking at a 4016 that has 850 hours on it. The selling owner has had the magnetos replaced and one cyl head due to seized valve from overheating that head. How long are these engines good for before needing overhaul? The tractor is in the classifieds here listed in Grand Ledge, MI

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    Is this the one
    https://lansing.craigslist.org/grd/d...143004511.html

    It has some nice extras anyways, might be a little high.



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    Properly maintained Vanguards ... including things like blowing out the cooling fins in the cylinder heads ... are routinely good for 2000+ hours. They are used extensively on commercial equipment and do very well.

    Like all things, there are nuances and they require care.

    Most issues are related to poor cooling (not maintaining the air cooling paths, including magnetos and cylinder heads) and insufficient oil changes (we recommend every 33 hours ... 33, 66, x00 hours).

    I agree with Bigman the C/L item linked seems a bit to high in price ...


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    Open up the air cleaner and look for any oil inside the filter. A small amount can be OK but accumulation may be an indication of leaking gaskets. Run it for a few minutes under load and then check. If it surges or chuffs, that is also a sign of a potential problem.
    Just my 2 cents.

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    Bigman, yes that is the tractor I'm considering. Willy, Ty for the advice re: oil in air filter. Owner admitted the repairs that he had to have made were due to clogged cooling fins. Will plan to inspect it to see if it's what I want. Will try to have him keep the cart & disc. & will sell the ag tires, I only need turf tires. Again, TY

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    What price do y'all think is fair for this rig?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmyk View Post
    What price do y'all think is fair for this rig?
    My vote ...

    Tractor with mower deck $1250-1500

    Snow Blade - $250

    Sleeve hitch $200

    Ag Tires - $75 (if those turf tires are mounted on wheels then $150)

    Sweeper, trailer ... $75 each

    Disc ... $200 if it's useful to you


    So as advertised it is a bit high I suppose, but not stupid high. Further, packages always draw a discount to the individuals items ... say 25% off each if taken as a package.


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    TY Brian, He might be trying to recoup some of his repair costs. Will be checking it out this weekend. TY again

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    Check for play in the steering and jumpy starts with gentle TCV movement. Forward and reverse should both start smoothly. Not too hateful to fix, but adds up $.

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