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Supermarket of supplies

Agriculture.com Staff 01/09/2006 @ 8:26am

Larry Frees found an electrician's truck, ideal for working on buildings, for just $3,500 on eBay. Other Internet finds include see-through Lexan tubing used for a downspout.

The beauty of surfing the Internet is discovering machines and supplies rarely available locally. "I prefer to buy local," says Larry Frees. "But often you find items on the Internet not available in your area."

Another find was clear Lexan tubing that Frees used to fashion a spout for the bottom of his silo's unloading chute. "Nothing like it (Lexan) was available around here," he recalls. "This came from a manufacturer back East."

Jeff Ryan had a similar discovery on eBay when he came across a Ranch Hand Tractor & Utility Vehicle. "This thing was some kind of farm-quality Hummer - 165 hp., flatbed with a hoist, hydraulic outlets, generator, air compressor, PTO, and 45-mph road speed," the Cresco, Iowa, farmer explains. "I did some research on the vehicle and even found the guy who built them. This was an incredible acquisition for our operation that I wouldn't have found without the Internet."

Internet explorers like Frees and Ryan warn, however, that discoveries don't always come easily. "Like anything, you put in long hours. But experience shortens the search," Frees adds.

Old-fashioned telephone call is essential for cyberspace trades
Derek (left) and Richard Wieman scan the country for good deals on used iron. They purchase from 50 to 100 major items a year for resale.

Larry Frees found an electrician's truck, ideal for working on buildings, for just $3,500 on eBay. Other Internet finds include see-through Lexan tubing used for a downspout.

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