Been awhile... dont get much time to be online during the summer when ya dont get in the house till dark.
I have a chance to buy a 1989 520 for $3,000. It is in probably average shape, needing a few odds and ends, but nothing major. It was through a flood in 1996, but as soon as the water went down it was back in action a few hours later, so it must not have minded that incident much. Looked inside it quick, doesnt have any cracked grates, and the fire pot looks to be in good shape overall. Needs bracket bearing assembly because retaining pawl is broke off, one side of jacket has a good dent in it, but other than that I cant find much bad to say about it.
something I should persue, or what? What are these things bringing now in this state..... I havent followed prices much scince I put mine in 3 years ago. I was thinking valued at $3500-$4000 was in the ballpark. Was used to heat a large apartment complex, we delivered coal into it for many years and everytime I was there it never missed a lick.
I think my brother is going to take it. Hes been looking for one for a while now.
have fun getting ready for the heating season