Hello to everyone. I stumbled across this forum a few weeks ago when I started looking for my first used skid steer. I must say that there is an abudance of information posted on this site. I just purchased a 2000 model 863g turbo with 1065 hours on it at an auction. I paid $12,500 for the machine, a 72" low profile bucket and the heavy duty pallet forks. The machine appears to have been well cared for. The tires are about 75%, the paint is original and only has a few rust spots, mostly on the lower front arms, and the engine starts effortlessly with no smoke. After getting it back home, it sat on my equipment trailer for 4 days and did not leak a single drop of oil or hydraulic fluid on the trailer decking. I would like to clean the engine and engine compartment with degreaser and a water hose (not a pressure washer). Is there anything that I need to do other than covering the alternator with a plastic bag? I don't want to damage anything by just trying to clean up the engine. The only thing that seems to need some attention on this machine are the locking pins on the bob-tach locking levers. They were hard to get loose and seem to be hard to lock back in place. Maybe after I wash these off and lubricate them they will work better. If not, I am taking the machine in to have all the fluids and filters changed next week and will have them look at this as well. Is there anything that I need to be cautious of with this model (other than friends and neighbors bugging me to do odd jobs for them for free)? Thanks in advance for your replies.