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Gator for sale

Here's your chance to buy our 2014 John Deere Gator 825i with Camoplast tracks.

The Blue Hills Trail Association is selling its John Deere Gator 825i with 2020 Camoplast tracks. Purchased new in 2014, this has been our trusty workhorse UTV for wintertime ski trail grooming (pulling a 7-foot Tidd Tech snow groomer), summertime trail mowing (pulling a 57" AcrEase rough cut mower), and general trail maintenance. Because we needed to rely on it to keep our trails in great shape, it’s been very well maintained, and now is ready for resale when it can provide many more years of use.

Asking price is $14,800 - or best offer. A similarly outfitted 2021 Gator 835 (with tracks) would be selling for $33,000+. Following are the many pertinent details regarding our Gator. If you have questions or are interested in purchasing the Gator, email tom@bluehillstrail.com

Current specs

  • Odometer shows 1712 hours, 7071 miles, 11377 kilometers.
  • The Camoplast (Camso) tracks have been left on the Gator year round. The current set of tracks was installed September 2019, and has been used 527 hours.
  • The original wheels and tires have never been used.
  • Typically the Gator has worked 250 hours each winter while grooming ski trails, and 50 hours each summer while trail mowing.
  • Dimensions = 79" high, 71" wide (across rear tracks), 61" cab width, 138" long (with tracks).


Factory equipped with

  • power steering
  • extreme all terrain tires
  • yellow bench seat
  • deluxe cargo box with heavy duty polyurea liner
  • brake, tail, reverse lights with light protector
  • deluxe cab with glass windows and doors, windshield wiper
  • manual lift of the cargo box
  • heavy duty front brush guard

Options added at purchase in 2014

  • Cab heater
  • Interior light (dome light)
  • Cargo box divider
  • Horn kit
  • Rear light kit
  • Front CV guards
  • Rear CV guards
  • WARN ProVantage 4500 lb winch with wired remote
  • Dashboard switches wired to control two actuator motors on grooming implements
  • Camoplast tracks (model year 2014)


Options added since the original purchase

  • Long extension hitch (24 inches)
  • Hitch supports welded to the hitch and bolted to the rear suspension
  • Front LED work lights
  • Rear view mirror
  • Side mirrors
  • New improved Camso tracks (2020 Camso 4S1 tracks installed September 2019)


Spare John Deere Gator parts to be included

  • 3 oil filters (AM107423 - worth $9 each)
  • Air filter (M113621 - $36 value)
  • Fuel filter (AM117584 - $17 value)

Spare Camso (Camoplast) parts to be included

  • One spare hub/spindle ($165 value)
  • Four spare hub bearing kits ($45 each, $180 value total)
  • Many extra bolts, washers and bearings - including specialty machined washers ($200+ value for these various parts)

Very important to note: this Gator, and its tracks, have been very well maintained. Recommended service intervals have been closely followed. Because we have several individuals that share the operation of the Gator, our maintenance records have compulsively recorded information meant to help any of our current or future operators. The entire maintenance file will be shared with the buyer.


Significant problems identified and repaired

  • April 2016 – Gator overheated due to broken coolant temperature sensor. Easily replaced.
  • Replaced drive belt when worn – every 1-2 years or more often as needed.
  • December 2017 (693 hours). The FWD didn’t seem to engage reliably. Tractor Central replaced the solenoid located on top of the front differential hub assembly that engages the AWD.
  • January 2018 (723 hours). Power steering Product Improvement / Product Recall: Tractor Central placed a retainer over the nut that could potentially loosen and cause a failure of the power steering mechanism. This retainer will prevent separation of the steering shaft from the steering rack assembly.
  • February 2018 (840 hours). Engine was running rough due to a faulty spark plug wire on cylinder #3. Tractor Central replaced all 3 spark plug wires.
  • April 2018 (920 hours). Due to intermittent ‘check engine light’ and excessive gas consumption, the oxygen sensor was replaced. Good results.
  • Replaced rear brake pads multiple times – most recently October 2020 (1492 hours).
  • February 2019 (1119 hours). Gator overheated due to broken alternator belt. Replaced the belt.
  • June 2019 (1151 hours). Repaired leaking gas line where it joins the fuel pump. Replaced the pinch clamp.
  • July 2020 (1457 hours). Gas throttle failed. Replaced original throttle arm with new improved redesigned throttle arm.
  • October 2020 (1492 hours). Replaced driven clutch because it was cracked.
  • October 2020 (1492 hours). Replaced stretched timing belt & belt tensioner.
  • January 2021 (1630 hours). Gator ran rough. Fuel pump was malfunctioning. Replaced fuel pump, regulator, wiring harness, fuel filter, and housing.
  • January 2021 (1630 hours). Exhaust leak discovered. Identified cracks and pitting in the first two pieces of the exhaust line. Replaced exhaust pipe manifold (part # AM146294), and intermediate exhaust pipe (2nd part of exhaust line – part # AM146297), and heat shield.
  • February 2021 (1647 hours). Engine seemed to be missing, and was underpowered. Spark plug wires were grounding out, installed new wires. Drive belt was cracked & slipping – probably the result of ice buildup inside the clutch housing – replaced the belt, removed all the ice, dried off the clutches.
  • February 2021 (1647 hours). Discovered a worn tie rod end right front – replaced the ball joint.
  • February 2021 (1647 hours). Repaired the weak parking brake by replacing the rear parking brake assembly (‘front tower’) & adjusting the cable. Works like new.

 

During the past six months, as we've been planning to sell the Gator, we’ve identified items in need of repair. Since October 2020 this Gator has new brake pads, new drive belt, new driven clutch, new timing belt & belt tensioner, new fuel pump setup, new exhaust line (front 2/3), new spark plug wires, new tie rod right front, new parking brake assembly. It’s due for an oil change in about 20 hours.


Photos of Gator

2014 Gator 825i for sale
2014 Gator 825i for sale
2014 Gator 825i for sale
2014 Gator 825i for sale
2014 Gator 825i for sale
2014 Gator 825i for sale
2014 Gator 825i for sale
2014 Gator 825i for sale
2014 Gator 825i for sale
2014 Gator 825i for sale

Photos of wheels

Original rims and tires - never used
Original rims and tires - never used
Original rims and tires - never used

Original rims and tires - never used

Photos of spare parts

John Deere spare parts
John Deere parts: fuel filter (top), air filter, 3 oil filters
Camso hub spindle
Camso parts: hub spindle
spare parts for the Camso (Camoplast ) tracks
photo showing all the 'small' spare parts for the Camso (Camoplast ) tracks
Camoplast caps
Camso parts: black caps for bogie wheels, blue caps for hub
Camso spare parts
Camso parts: specialty bolts and washers for use with hub spindle and hub bearings
Camso spare parts
Camso parts: original hub bearing bolts and washers
Camso spare parts
Camso parts: four complete hub bearing kits (seals, spacers, and bearings)
Camso spare parts
Camso parts: bearings, seals, & bolts for bogie wheels; 4 packaged kits for sprocket assembly (drive sprocket)


Photos of Gator at work

Gator 825i pulling TiddTech snow groomer
Gator pulling the 7-foot snow groomer
Gator 825i pulling a trail mower
Gator pulling the 57" wide trail mower

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2” fresh snow Sunday evening, then groomed about 3/4 of the trail system Sunday night. Found untouched fresh corduroy this morning. #bluehillstrailwisconsin #freshcorduroy #skitrails #skitrailgrooming #winterwisconsin
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Hoar frost / Rime frost topping on the trails today January 12th. Wonderful skiing - do yourself a favor and SKI THE HILLS January 13th - you’ll be happy you did. #bluehillstrailwisconsin #bluehillstrail #foresttherapy #ruskcountywi #getyourvitamind #iloveskiing #escapetothehills #winterinwisconsin
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Not much snow, but our groomers have made the most of it. Two videos showing good skiing on the East Side trails - January 6, 2021. #bluehillstrailwisconsin #januaryinwisconsin #wisconsinlife #wisconsinoutdoors #wisconsinwinter #skateski #ruskcounty
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A ‘Rime Frost’ blue skies sunny day - fun day for skiing the Blue Hills Trail. Pictures are from the West Side of the trail system. Swipe for video taken on the ‘Lollipop’. Trail conditions updated daily at website, link in Bio ⬆️ #bluehillstrailwisconsin #fundayonskis #wisconsinwinter #sunnyski #mansbestfriend🐶 #justenoughsnowforme #justenoughsnowtoski
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Sun burnt off the fog, visitors enjoyed a hoarfrost snowfall on the trails. Great place to socially distance with family & friends! #bluehillstrailwisconsin #sociallydistanceoutdoors #hoarfrost #wevegotsnow #fasterskier #skiwithfriends
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Packed powder skiing on New Year’s Day. Loads of visitors welcomed 2021! Video shows the East/West crossover trail. #bluehillstrailwisconsin #packedpowder #skateski #classicski #welcome2021
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Good skiing through the hoarfrost on New Years Eve day. Get the daily scoop by visiting ‘Trail Conditions’ on our website - link in bio⬆️. Wishing you a happy healthy 2021! #bluehillstrailwisconsin #skinnyski #skinnyskis #crosscountryskiwithkids #xcski
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Excelsior Road (West Side) and The Gravel Road (East Side) were groomed last evening. Skiing this afternoon I was treated to 1” of feathers on top of the fresh grooming! Gonna groom these same trail segments again this evening. #bluehillstrailwisconsin #silentsports #silenceofnature🌳⛅️🗻 #skiingonfeathers #beautyofwinter
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Many of our 20+ miles of ski trails have received initial grooming in the past several days. The best skiing is shown as green highlights on the attached maps. And did you know our West Side trails are dog friendly? Be sure to visit our website where you’ll find ‘TRAIL CONDITIONS’ updated daily: link in Bio ⬆️ #bluehillstrailwisconsin #skijoring #foresttherapy #classicskiing #dogsonsnow
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Christmas in the Blue Hills. Very good skating on Excelsior Road this afternoon; pretty good striding as well. Groomers will be out working again tomorrow. #bluehillstrailwisconsin #christmasski #ruskcounty #skateskiing #skiwithdogs
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After yesterday’s rain, Santa brought snow - enough to start grooming the ski trails! This afternoon we rolled the ‘Gravel Road’ on the East Side trails, and ‘Excelsior Road’ on the West Side. Thanks Santa. #bluehillstrailwisconsin #earlywinterskiing #xcs #xcskiing #skinnyski
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A little more snow and we may be able to do some grooming. Today we moved our workhorse snowmobile to its winter home. #bluehillstrailwisconsin #wisconsinoutdoors #ruskcountywi #weneedsnow #crosscountryskiing
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Lunch time. Even busy beavers need a break now & then. #bluehillstrailwisconsin #busybeaver #busyasabeaver #timber
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Not enough snow to ski the trails. BUT very good skiing on Audie Lake - 2.5 miles northwest of the warming house. Audie is always an enjoyable getaway. #bluehillstrailwisconsin #wisconsinwinter #xcskiingonlakes #xcski #frozenlakes #silenceofnature
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Pictures from our ‘Rabbit Trail’ where bunnies made a fresh appearance on the Blue Hills Trail today. It felt like October today - 48 degrees F - way too warm for December! It’s time to cool down, then Santa needs to bring us some snow. #bluehillstrailwisconsin #whereiswinter #xcskiingwithoutsnow
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Every other year our volunteers replace all the intersection maps. That’s 60 maps, but who’s counting? Combined with excellent signage, it makes it easy to get your bearings on the Blue Hills Trail. #bluehillstrailwisconsin #trailvolunteers #xcskitrails #foresttherapy #findyourselfoutside
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Good hiking in early December. Frost is entering the ground, the ski trails are ready for snow. Photos show the biggest oak tree in the County Forest; hiking on the ‘Far East’ trail; and our Gator doing some trail work on the West Side trails. #bluehillstrailwisconsin #trailwork #hikingwisconsin #weneedsnow
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Big News! Wisconsin's Blue Hills Trail has revised its website, its maps, its blog - and added an Instagram account. Spread the word. VISIT THE BLOG for details – link in bio ⬆️ #bluehillstrailwisconsin #crosscountryskiing #skinnyski #ruskcountywi #ricelakewi #travelwisconsin #tomterrifik
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1.5” big fluffy parachute snowflakes today. Might actually be able to ski on some of our trails — even though the underlying ground isn’t yet frozen. #bluehillstrailwisconsin #winterinwisconsin #crosscountryskiing #xcskiing
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Tight corner. Placed orange driveway markers at the edge. Gotta keep our groomers on track. #bluehillstrailwisconsin
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After unseasonably warm weather in the first week of November, more wintry weather will start to freeze the trails. Hopefully x-country skiing is just around the corner. This photo was taken on the East Side trails - it shows one of our most important bridges. #bluehillstrailwisconsin
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Bridge building in October successfully spanned a small creek that was always a challenge to summertime mowing & wintertime grooming of our ski trails. #bluehillstrailwisconsin
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