Trencher has water in muffler -buy or pass?

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Old 01-26-15, 07:57 AM
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Trencher has water in muffler -buy or pass?

Took a look at a trencher yesterday, 1974 Ditch Witch. Water came out of the muffler, the top muffler pipe danced around a lot (plenty of space for water to enter, and we've had lots of rain. Not sure how long the guy had it sitting out. Dug like a beast and the guy is asking $850.00.

Would you buy this thing knowing about the water, or pass?

I can change the muffler, add new tires, etc, for another $225 to $250. Luckily, he had a hard time starting it the first time and I think I could repeat the steps. Second time around, it started up on it's own.



 
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Old 01-26-15, 08:19 AM
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If it cranked and was able to dig a ditch, then no worry about the water.
I see lots of slack in digging chain. Check to see if nose roller is worn. Chains and rollers are pricey items.
Rebuilt a nose roller last year by building up with weld and machining back to size. Also replaced nose roller bearing as it was locked. It was a common ag service bearing (used in disc harrows) that I bought at local JD dealer instead of ordering through DW.
If you have use for it the $850 is just a few rentals.

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Old 01-26-15, 08:23 AM
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I think a week rental is $750 or so long as it lasts the week, I'm good. Have to dig 8 to 10 trenches on my property but also have a funky/unpredictable work schedule.

Thanks for the input, RR.
 
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Doesn't that vertical muffler have a little flapper on the top that prevents rain water from entering when it's not running ?

They make a little rattling noise at an idle; but are still worth installing .
 
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It has the flapper but the pipe itself, once you get past the actual muffler, is loose and dances around like a hula girl.
 
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Old 01-27-15, 04:56 AM
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Do you think the Seller would be insulted if you offered him $650.00? CASH ?

Clearly, he hasn't devoted much effort to preparing the unit for sale.

If you're in the ballpark, the worst thing that can happen is he'll say "No" !
 
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