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What might someone buy a 314 in very good condition with light and elctric life and mower and tiller. Every thing is in good condition and runs well. Thanks for all your help.

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SmilinSam
Even if it did not run and looked terrible with flat tires & all I would generally pay as much as $300-$400 for the package for parts purposes. Does that tell you anything? I just dont see the 14's all that much especially fully equipped. Sam

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Really from my point of view the key would be the tiller. I have been getting $400-$500 consistently for them. Buy the outfit, sell the tiller and the rest is free. Sam

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JordB110
You get the tillers alone for $400-500? It even has the cigarette lighter. Was that price including both attachments and options?

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SmilinSam
For example: I would buy the package you described -Tractor , tiller, and usually a deck, and sometimes a blade too. My average price paid(and usually it is the owners asking price or bid price if an auction) is about $450 for the package and usually the tractor does run at that price. Usually not a gem, but workable. For a non running machine with the package about $300. I then take the tiller out(we are talkng 36" tiller) and sell it for an average price of $425. This gives me all the rest of the package for free. I can either sell it off a piece at a time and make some money or keep it with no money tied up in it. That is how I can afford to have 6 - 8 running tractors sitting around. I have no money in them. Do you follow me? Of course I spent six years at auctions and running around with people who have done this for twenty years learning what to look for and what to buy and what not to buy. And I have made a few bad purchases. ( A learning experience is what I call those).This sort of thing I am doing is not something you go out and do arbitrarily overnight. To me its fun, it makes money, and I get to play with some of the finest machines made for yard work, Simplicity/AC. Smilin' Sam

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I don't know about you, but $750 seems steep for me. If it were a newer AC (700 or 900 series) with the sunstrand Hydro it would be a fine buy for someone who is going to use it. But being the 300 series there are a few things to consider.If it is the hydrostatic transmission its a Vickers, which leak usually.Nothing $500+ won't cure unless you dont mind the leaks. If it is a variable speed, there are parts to that that are no longer available.. Once worn out you have to hunt for good used parts. If the power lift needs rebuilt that could be another $50+. An avid collector might not bat an eye, but I would be more comfortable paying arround $500 tops. My opinion, take it for what its worth. Sam

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powermax_paul
Ben, I don’t think Sam or Dave told you not to buy it. I’ve been buying and selling used equipment for many years. There’s an expression, “Let your eyes do the buying.” There is NO way for anyone to say what used equipment is worth. That’s why I never get involved in giving my opinion on a value. One 314 tractor may be worth $25 or less, another might be worth $1000 or more. Condition is the single most important factor. Even the same tractor may be worth many times more to one person than to another. Included attachments can really boost the value. The real determination is not what the seller wants but what someone is willing to pay. If you or someone else is willing to pay $750 for that particular 314, that’s EXACTLY what it’s worth.

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