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JD 880 selfpropelled swather purchase questions

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Ralph Bauer
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2012 6:49 am    Post subject: JD 880 selfpropelled swather purchase questions Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Got a chance to purchase a 880 with the 4 cyl. gas,(180)engine, converted to propane, does turn over, hydrostatic drive, 14 ft header, decent tires, bad seat and missing steering wheel (told you can drive it with the 2 "levers", too) could be replaced. Original manual did not call for hobbs meter, therefore hours are unknown. Reel in decent shape, some sheet metal will need to be replaced at the bottom below "auger"in a year or two .... has steel rollers/conditioners that are out off sync (owner said (timing) chain may have jumped). He's up in age and retiring, ran it last 2 seasons ago.
Sprockets are a bit thin, pointy on both sides of the crimpers/conditioner so would have to be replaced in near future, still available (dealers closed )??, pax/right side main hydr. cylinder is caked up good, thinking it needs a reseal. Other than that sheet metal is decent, straight, paint is 90%+ coverage. What might be a decent price?
Got also a 4020 LP, so filling station is already on the farm.
Posted the same question also in implements, just didn't quite know where to put it here on YT. Thanks for all your input. Ralph
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 7:19 am    Post subject: Re: JD 880 selfpropelled swather purchase questions Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I would not pay alot for it.Start at scrap price and go up some if if seems ok.On your other post the hydro was mentioned.These did not cause many problems in windrowers because they only pulled themselves, in a combine they propel themselves plus carry a full grain tank in all conditions including mud.If the owner says it is ok he it probaly is,as he told you all the other problems.We have a 800 windrower and would like to find an 880 some day.Parts yards have a fair amount of these machines for parts as well.Good luck.
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