First time to post, but have received alot of good information from this site. Thinking of buying a Kinze 2600 planter from Haukos Bros. in Glencoe, Minnesota and was wondering what others experiences have been with them. Also would you be comfortable buying from them without looking as I am from a long way south?
Posted 3/12/2013 21:40 (#2961383 - in reply to #2961338) Subject: RE: Haukos Bros
central - east central Minnesota -
They have been in business many, many yrs . . . . . Reputable dealers. Most guys have been satified with them and what they have and how they represent it. I've heard of a small hand full of guys, over the yrs, that feel they got took - but, what's the rest of the story ? I'd have no problem buying from them, but, I can inspect and let them know my expectations, before exchanging money. There are a couple NAT'ers that are in that area, that should be able to varify what's being represented for you. They buy and sell all over the USA, they are not local by any means. If no one steps up, I could make the trip down there for you next week ? Email in profile
Posted 3/12/2013 21:59 (#2961463 - in reply to #2961338) Subject: RE: Haukos Bros
I bought a planter from them back in 2001, traded it back to them in 2008 for a bigger planter, and bought a corn head from them in 2007. I had good luck and they even sent me parts for the stuff that didn't work. I would look at it though or get a set of eyes in the area. Also, I've found the descriptions are far more acurate from Wayne then from Jan. JMO.
Posted 3/12/2013 22:28 (#2961552 - in reply to #2961338) Subject: RE: Haukos Bros
northwest IL Lee Co
I bought a JD planter from them that was supposed to be "field ready". After I spent another $3000 in parts on it, it was. Learned my lesson, always look at something with your own eyes before buying, especially a planter. The chains on mine were rusted so bad, you couldn't turn over the planter.
Posted 3/13/2013 00:12 (#2961688 - in reply to #2961338) Subject: RE: Haukos Bros
I wouldn't buy a planter without looking at it, there are too many condition issues on a planter that you really need to look it over. They sell a boatload of planters every year and I drive thru their lot once in a while to look, but guess I'm a little too cheap to pay what they were asking. They have some very nice ones and some that aren't and everything in between. They take a bunch of them apart and paint things, etc, makes me wonder what a person is getting when they get done. I don't think they do as good of a job on them that dealers do although a lot of dealers will just haul them to a consignment sale if they need much work. I'm pretty sure they stand behind their word. Just make sure your definitions of condition match theirs like every other dealer.
Posted 3/13/2013 00:46 (#2961714 - in reply to #2961688) Subject: Re: Haukos Bros
Best to get a set of eyes on it somehow. Heard things go both ways. If they say it does need some work. Expect more then what they are saying and adjust your price accordingly. They move a lot of iron. They have tons of options laying around tho for fertilizer stuff too.
They are just a glorified jockey that deals with planters and headers exclusively.
Posted 3/13/2013 07:31 (#2961915 - in reply to #2961338) Subject: RE: Haukos Bros
North central North Dakota
I bought a 1790 planter a couple years ago (a corn head before that). They sold me the parts needed so I could fix it up myself; disk blades, scrapers, gauge wheel arms. They buy the parts real cheap because of the volume of items they go through when fixing up the units. I was not so impressed in the grade of quality of some of the parts - but they were parts that would work. I am buying another brand of gauge wheel arms and replacing a bunch since many are not working correctly after one season. As others have noted, if it is field ready.... it probably will take some more parts and TCL to really get it up to your standards, so expect to do some more to it. It is a used unit so it will not be perfect. I have not really done anything to my corn head since I bought it and have been very pleased.
Posted 3/13/2013 19:36 (#2963120 - in reply to #2961338) Subject: Re: Haukos Bros
Better take a look... Jan totally mis-represented a 1770 a few years back. Forgot to tell about the cracked, then welded wrong frame. Planter was a real pos. Took LOTS of work to make it field ready, then Jan would not pay for the repairs as promised. Buyer Beware
Posted 3/14/2013 08:00 (#2964301 - in reply to #2964057) Subject: Re: Haukos Bros
New London, Wisconsin
I bought a few things from Jan. A repo'ed 3 year old 12 row planter that needed a lot of work but was really cheap, I did drive over and look first. Then a dummy head for a pick up attachment, sight unseen. I was okay with both of the experiences.