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  1. #26
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    Re: Trailblazer purchase help?!

    Inspect any low-hour 302's you find with a fine-tooth comb to convince yourself that the hour reading is true. If a certain board in these machines goes bad, the replacement board which also has the hourmeter on it will restart hours at zero. This straight from a Miller tech when I called him about a 302 I was looking at and the hours didn't match the machine's appearance. If the board was replaced under warranty, Miller will have a record, and likely the hour reading(s) at replacement(s) ... if replaced after warranty they won't have records at all.

    I would also suggest you call Miller with the S/N and let them tell you any warranty repair history and verify it isn't stolen.
    Applied Fabrications, LLC

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  2. #27
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    Re: Trailblazer purchase help?!

    That's great info! Thanks

  3. #28
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    Re: Trailblazer purchase help?!

    I think I found a winner... a 2009 302 Diesel. 700 hours. Anything I need to know about those?

  4. #29
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    Re: Trailblazer purchase help?!

    As long as the price is reasonable, should be OK. The diesel was a really expensive option that not many people chose -- I couldn't make it pencil out for me when I looked at them new. It's a high-RPM diesel, so not much quieter than a gas engine, if any. Should be easier on fuel which won't be a big deal unless you're putting some serious hours on it.
    Applied Fabrications, LLC

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  5. #30
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    Re: Trailblazer purchase help?!

    Quote Originally Posted by tbone550 View Post
    As long as the price is reasonable, should be OK. The diesel was a really expensive option that not many people chose -- I couldn't make it pencil out for me when I looked at them new. It's a high-RPM diesel, so not much quieter than a gas engine, if any. Should be easier on fuel which won't be a big deal unless you're putting some serious hours on it.
    Well my truck is a diesel so I would actually prefer a diesel. And would definitely take a Kubota diesel over a Kohler gasser any day of the week. Even if it's just as loud. What I like is that when the SHTF like back in 2012. I have the ability to stockpile 100 gal. Of diesel fuel for my truck and now generator if we lose power.

    I think for the price I'm getting it for.. I need to get it in the back of my truck, run for the hills and not look back..lol

  6. #31
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    Re: Trailblazer purchase help?!

    We had ONE at work, really easy on fuel too. What's the price ? I haven't seen ANY diesels for sale by me in long long time.

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    Re: Trailblazer purchase help?!

    $3300 cheap in my area. Take it in CASH and offer less , maybe $2,800.00 and settle at $3000.00. Any cable , stinger , ground ?

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    Re: Trailblazer purchase help?!

    Quote Originally Posted by BD1 View Post
    $3300 cheap in my area. Take it in CASH and offer less , maybe $2,800.00 and settle at $3000.00. Any cable , stinger , ground ?
    Well it was 3600. Got him down to 3300. Supposedly has leads but don't know how long.

  10. #35
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    Re: Trailblazer purchase help?!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mcm308 View Post
    Well it was 3600. Got him down to 3300. Supposedly has leads but don't know how long.
    I would buy it for that.

  11. #36
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    Re: Trailblazer purchase help?!

    Going to get it tonight. Not counting my chickens until it's in the back of my truck and I'm on the highway home!

  12. #37
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    Re: Trailblazer purchase help?!

    Sounds like a good choice to me, much better than what you started out with.
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