In Reply to: In the market for an 8N posted by David on June 14, 2017 at 22:02:25:
FWIW: Most buyers will pay dearly for a pressure wash paint job, which is of little value, but will not pay for substantial mechanical work.
I would look for a 51 or 52 with a Sherman combination transmission, good rims and tires and a proper flat-finned industrial core radiator, preferably OEM.
I would verify that it starts easily, whether hot or cold, does not smoke, does not leak badly (nearly all will drip a bit), has properly functioning brakes, functioning charging system and relatively tight steering. I would avoid any that have evidence of worn hubs/axles or previous FEL work.
Verify that the lift will lift and hold a heavy implement such as a rotary cutter with the engine (or PTO) off. If possible, do this when the oil is fully up to operating temperature.
Of course, you will want to do a compression test and inspect all fluids.
Paint is of little value to me unless done properly, which is rare, and is good camouflage to hide other issues. Unless I well know the seller, I would rarely consider one that has a recent pressure wash paint job.