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I'm looking for some input/ideas.

I've got a 1989 332 with a little over 1000 hours. 5 years ago I completely disassembled it. Painted the frame and hood, powder coated all of the sheet metal (mower deck, chute, and belt covers too). The engine needed nothing, so I didn't touch it. Radiator was re-cored, new fan, new engine mounts, charging system renewed, etc... You name it, I did it. I wanted to build a fully optioned machine, so I added a suspension seat (w/new bushings), rear 2000 PTO, rear hydraulics, H3, 3 Pt hitch, front weight bracket (makes a GREAT bumper), & the transport links for the mower deck. The 50" mower was totally rebuilt. Bearings, speed-up pulley, wheels, etc...

My implements consist of the 2-bag powerflow, 3 bag power pak w/Honda motor, Hydraulic dump MCS w/Kawasaki motor, 250 rear mower, front quick hitch, 47" quick hitch blower, 54" quick hitch front blade, 52" quick hitch broom (that was disassembled, powder coated, new bearings, new bristles), TY15380 cab, 42" hydraulic tiller (3 Pt mount), wheel weights & chains.

This was going to be my "forever" tractor. But, I've found my Z930R to be a faster and better cutting/bagging machine, my 1025R has proven to be quicker for swapping attachments. And storing all of this stuff takes A LOT of space. I'm really considering selling it all, but I wonder, is there a market for a package like this?

I could probably spend the next 12 months and sell a piece at a time. I really don't to do that. I'd like to send it all to one buyer. With the SCUT market nowadays, is there still a demand for this machine and all of its pieces? I looked through the old classifieds and didn't really find anything comparable to what I've got. Maybe this is one of those situations that has to be parceled out, I don't know. What would you folks do? Below is a pic of it right afterI finished the restore.

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Jeez, it looks perfect...well done.

It's hard. I would think that most people that want the older machines are interested in doing the restore. And anyone willing to spend the money that such a package should command, wouldn't be interested in something so old and small. I could be wrong, and I hope I am.

Hopefully you can ship it to a good home. It'd be a shame to have it sit not do anything at all, or get trashed by someone that just doesn't appreciate it.
 

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Sounds like a desirable package. Not everyone has a big enough property to warrant a SCUT. Have driven my brother's 1025r. Not as agile as my 300 for my property. That fuel sipping diesel in the 332 sounds appealing too.
 

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To get anywhere near what you want your going to have to sell it piece by piece. The guys who want these tractors are the ones who are looking for a deal and willing/wanting to wrench to get them right. That’s the fun part of older equipment. Unfortunately everything is worth way more in pieces. It takes time and the right mindset to deal with tons of people and questions and tire kickers. You need to be in the right frame of mind for it. Absolutely beautiful!!!
 

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Tractor looks awesome in those pics, very well done.
A package price for all that would be out of my league. And you would take a beating on it also.
To realize the maximum dollar value, you have to piece it out. Then you'll still get beat up.
Also, the value of that era machines is dropping.
The x series is much more popular and easier to sell.
 

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Wow that's a beautiful machine. I think the only way to find out is list it. It would have to be someone who either can't do their own work or just doesn't want to and has money. It would also have to be someone who appreciates these old machines. It's a lot of money to spend on something that old with no warranty. I agree that you would have to sell things separately.
Good luck, Tom
 

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Adoption is your best bet.. I'll adopt the tractor/deck/blade and give it a nice home inside in the shop. It'll have a 212, 216, 322 and 430 as stable mates, and will be well fed & serviced. You can come visit it any time you like and work it a bit, too. Selling the rest of the implements should be easier than in a big package. Just joshing you of course...sweet machine, anyone who gets it is a lucky pup. :p
 

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Agree with those before that is a beautiful restore and an amazing package. Also agree that it would be tough to move as a complete package without taking a bath. Unless to someone who is strictly looking to collect, hard to see that there would be much market for everything to one buyer.

A package of packages might be one strategy to reduce the hassle of selling individual pieces. What I mean by that is listing the tractor for a certain amount. If purchased with "estate"package of rear mower front weight bracket and tiller this discount applies. If purchased with "snow"package of cab, front hitch, pto, blade and blower this discount applies. A "lawn and leaf" package could include the MCS. And so on. You don't appear to have anything that uses the rear pto. Given how crazy the prices on those are these days and that it is easily shipped, that might be something worth selling alone.

Funny you find yourself in this situation for having bought a 1025 and zero turn. I was talking to a buddy recently about an older kubota i came across on craiglist that was 14hp, 2 cylinder diesel and weighed about 600lbs. I was lamenting that there is nothing available new in that basic configuration. He mentioned that Messicks, the Kubota people with a decent internet presence recently published an opinion piece that held that the rise of the SCUT and z-turn machines had effectively killed the entire garden tractor market segment.
 
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Agree with those before that is a beautiful restore and an amazing package. Also agree that it would be tough to move as a complete package without taking a bath. Unless to someone who is strictly looking to collect, hard to see that there would be much market for everything to one buyer.

A package of packages might be one strategy to reduce the hassle of selling individual pieces. What I mean by that is listing the tractor for a certain amount. If purchased with "estate"package of rear mower front weight bracket and tiller this discount applies. If purchased with "snow"package of cab, front hitch, pto, blade and blower this discount applies. A "lawn and leaf" package could include the MCS. And so on. You don't appear to have anything that uses the rear pto. Given how crazy the prices on those are these days and that it is easily shipped, that might be something worth selling alone.

Funny you find yourself in this situation for having bought a 1025 and zero turn. I was talking to a buddy recently about an older kubota i came across on craiglist that was 14hp, 2 cylinder diesel and weighed about 600lbs. I was lamenting that there is nothing available new in that basic configuration. He mentioned that Messicks, the Kubota people with a decent internet presence recently published an opinion piece that held that the rise of the SCUT and z-turn machines had effectively killed the entire garden tractor market segment.
Thanks for your thoughts. You may be on to something selling that way...
 

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Thanks for your thoughts. You may be on to something selling that way...
The main point is try to create as much incentive as possible for someone to come with a "big" trailer to minimize transactions.

Also should point out, not that you dont already know, that your blade, blower and broom can all work on the 1025. You'll need pto shaft BLV10899 for the blower and broom plus all the 1025 quick hitch and pto hardware.
 
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Your 332 looks like an excellent restoration. The work and attention to detail you put into the restoration appears evident from the exterior photos.

Years ago I copied this from a post someone made and I refer to it from time to time just to keep things in perspective. Keep in mind, this was 35 years ago and we've all been accustomed to used prices since these tractors were introduced. Today's market price is all that matters but it is interesting to see the list prices of these machines and mower decks when they were new.
This is from a price list dated August 1, 1986 which is for the 1987 model year. Tractors were priced as follows.

316-$4,399
318-$5,099
332-$5,999
420-$6,489
430-$7,499

Mower decks were as follows.
38" 2 blade for 300 series-$329
parts to attach to a 300 series-$150
46" for 300 series-$611
50" for 300 series-$731
50" for 400 series-$929
60" for 400 series-$1,299
 

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Your 332 looks like an excellent restoration. The work and attention to detail you put into the restoration appears evident from the exterior photos.

Years ago I copied this from a post someone made and I refer to it from time to time just to keep things in perspective. Keep in mind, this was 35 years ago and we've all been accustomed to used prices since these tractors were introduced. Today's market price is all that matters but it is interesting to see the list prices of these machines and mower decks when they were new.
This is from a price list dated August 1, 1986 which is for the 1987 model year. Tractors were priced as follows.

316-$4,399
318-$5,099
332-$5,999
420-$6,489
430-$7,499

Mower decks were as follows.
38" 2 blade for 300 series-$329
parts to attach to a 300 series-$150
46" for 300 series-$611
50" for 300 series-$731
50" for 400 series-$929
60" for 400 series-$1,299
Thanks for the info. While the newer machines have some great modern conveniences, I’m not sure they’re built as well as the “old 300/400 series”.
 

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If you decide to sell your implements separately, I would be interested the broom. I would like to see a picture of it if you decide to part it out. If not, that's okay. I'm like everyone else on here, what a great looking machine. Great job on your efforts. Jim.
 
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