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.Looking at buying a SEE. For use on my property for various dirt movement and filling a wash. Also for use on digging some foundations.
What are the pros and cons of these vehicles. THANKS!
Yeah the USGI part is a big factor, guess I am looking for some positive reinforcement before just doing it. Thanks.
I don't own one, but from what I have gathered from lots of reading here - the SEE is a good piece of equipment for what you want to do. It is small, somewhat agile and pretty capable. It isn't a road truck, but that isn't what you want to do. It has a bucket and a hoe, so doing what you want to do is good...
The real thing to compare is what would it cost you to buy a used backhoe and what it might cost for a SEE. If the money is the same, either of them would resale about the same too...
AND THEN there is the Former Military Vehicle part of the equation. If that is your goal when all the dirt moving at your place is done - will this thing still hang out at your house just because it can?
Painesville, OH. Zip Code 44077. Maybe 2hrs from me if that.
Description:Painesville, OH. Maybe 2hrs from me if that.
It’s been for sale at least a month that I’ve seen. Started at $9500, now asking $8k. I’ll copy and paste below and capture more pictures as screenshots.
“Military Freightliner Unimog FL419, 370 Original Miles, New Tires, Needs some wiring, some new hydraulic lines, reverse doesn't work, bucket controls are frozen up. Air pump does NOT work so no ait operated stuff works. Runs and drives good except reverse. Ready to drive on a trailer. It has been sitting for a few years. Weighs 16k approx. $8000 FIRM Thanks for looking. 44ZERO22ZEROZERO464“
That ad states it has an automatic transmission. None of the FLU419s had automatic transmissions. The air compressor isn't necessarily faulty. It is more likely that the air line is corroded and plugged. Without air, you don't have usable brakes and other stuff won't work. Easy enough to check the compressor. Not having reverse would bother me the most, but there is a good chance it is a faulty plastic bushing and not that difficult to replace. In any event, this is a project, not something you will be able to use immediately. If you walk in with $6000.00 cash he might just take it.Description:
“Military Freightliner Unimog FL419, 370 Original Miles, New Tires, Needs some wiring, some new hydraulic lines, reverse doesn't work, bucket controls are frozen up. Air pump does NOT work so no ait operated stuff works. Runs and drives good except reverse. Ready to drive on a trailer. It has been sitting for a few years. Weighs 16k approx. $8000 FIRM Thanks for looking.”
.M35Fan, These also come in the cool color of Sand Summer Tan. I love mine(green). Had a tan one, but it was such a project I ended up selling it after I bought my green one. My grandkids always want a ride when use it for anything. Now the downfall is, you will end up working on this machine by yourself. I do, no one in my area knows anything about this little jewel. I don't mind getting dirty for myself, I used to work in our county repair shop- doizers,wheel loaders,backhoes, forklifts, tractors and all kinds of lawn equipment.
Question is would I buy another? Yes if the price is right.
I dunno. The two best ones, from a mechanical standpoint, I've had looked the worst. Both intended to be parts cars.If you see one that looks like crud on the outside, it is likely that it hasn't had the proper PM in the past.
.I dunno. The two best ones, from a mechanical standpoint, I've had looked the worst. Both intended to be parts cars.
The one I use the most these days has forklift dents, mismatched paint, etc. Turns out it was all but completely refurbished but never repainted for some reason.
I don't mind that the new cylinders on the backhoe are somewhat of an orange color, for example. Or that the sheet metal is dented. Heck, I've added some new dents when confronting large chunks of frozen snow.
Actually, I learned to concentrate on the crappy looking ones at the auctions. Ideally also non-runners. People would go nuts over the ones with larger tires, for example, while I could snag mechanically superior ones for a third or even a quarter of the price.
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