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LawnBoy89
03-03-2006, 11:15 AM
I don't know if I told you guys about the Lazer that I bought....but if I didn't, I will now. I bought a Lazer (the guy wasn't sure what year it was), it is a 60'' Lazer with the 25hp Kohler engine which has 2050 hours on it. It just got a tune up which cost almost $600 and I paid the guy $3000 for the mower plus the tune-up bill which came to a total of $3600 that I paid for it. The tune-up replaced the hydro oil, filters, checked everything over to make sure everything was running ok. There is a problem with the deck because you need to grind part of one of the sides of the blades down or else they will make contact. The mower is probably atleast 10 years old I can get a picture for you guys when I get home

What I am asking is, do you think I got a good deal? I have the opportunity to get my money back but I don't know what to do. I see some of the deals that you guys get on here and I start to think that I didn't get the best deal. Tell me what you guys think. Thanks..

jtkplc
03-03-2006, 11:21 AM
I think you paid too much. I don't know that I would have given more than $2,000 for it.

mulchandmow
03-03-2006, 11:51 AM
Your Lazer Z should prove to be a good mower, but you may have paid to much. The used market in mid TN is kind of flat, but you would still be lucky to get $2500 for a ZTR w/ 2500hrs. In 8/05 I sold a 2003 Exmark 26EFI/60 w/ 1500 hrs. for $4000.00 (pd. 10 K for it new) and it was in good shape. If you keep it the 1st thing you should do is get a Kholer canister air filter set up. It is easy to swap out and cost about $200. Keep an eye on your oil level daily.
Good luck - BILL

LawnBoy89
03-03-2006, 12:05 PM
So you guys think I should stick with this mower or should I give it up for exactly what I paid for it, the guy is willing to take it back since he now has more room in his garage again.

I think what I'm going to do is search around to see if there are any good deals near my location and if I can't find anything I'll just keep it.

mulchandmow, where can I find that canister air filter set up that you were talking about?

impactlandscaping
03-03-2006, 12:16 PM
Cosmo-You should'nt have to grind the blades down to avoid deck contact. You either have the wrong blades installed, or there is a bad spindle or spindle spacer causing the blade to list back and forth, making contact with the deck. Put some pics of this mower up here for review.

And why did you pay $600.00 for an oil change and fluid change, in addition to the $3K for the mower??

jtkplc
03-03-2006, 12:18 PM
Cosmo-You should'nt have to grind the blades down to avoid deck contact. You either have the wrong blades installed, or there is a bad spindle or spindle spacer causing the blade to list back and forth, making contact with the deck. Put some pics of this mower up here for review.

And why did you pay $600.00 for an oil change and fluid change, in addition to the $3K for the mower??

Or even a bent baffle?

lawn_pro
03-03-2006, 12:41 PM
If the guy will take it back, I would run to his house and give it back...there are better deals out there if you wait, especially this time of the year.

M RASCOE&SONS
03-03-2006, 12:52 PM
sell it back too him,too many hours and too much money etc etc

lazer 46
03-03-2006, 12:55 PM
I sell my Lazers when they get around 5 or 6 hundred hours. I would never buy anything with that many hours on it, but everybody's circumstances are different. While I sell my used machines for more than you paid the difference in condition is non comparable.

mulchandmow
03-03-2006, 01:20 PM
Cosmo,
Any dealer who sells Kholer equip. can get you one. Mower breathes better and filter replacement is less frequent.

LwnmwrMan22
03-03-2006, 01:35 PM
If the guy will take it back, I would run to his house and give it back...there are better deals out there if you wait, especially this time of the year.


Agreed. I've got a 2002 Ferris IS4000 with a 27hp Kawasaki / 60" deck I'll sell you for $5000, it's only got 800 hours on it.

palawnman
03-03-2006, 02:21 PM
If you have a chance to get your money, I would definitely take him up on it. Thats alot of hours on a machine. Do you know if he has had to replace any major parts on it? Maybe thats could make it worth a little more. From what I have heard, major really start to go bad around 2000 hours....the last thing you want to have to deal with is paying $3600 then in the first year, having the engine or something else big breaking on you, and it costing you more money...think long term, how many mroe useful hours do you think that mower has. Because you need to get at least $3600 worth of work out of it, just to make it useful. Good luck.

Ron

LawnBoy89
03-03-2006, 03:17 PM
I'm not sure what the $600 tune-up consisted of but he showed me the bill nothing was really replaced. I didn't bring it in to get tuned up, I'm pretty sure he just recently had the head gasket replaced. I think I should just fish around for a better deal, by the way he told me that when he brought it in they couldn't figure out what was wrong with the deck to make the blades hit and they said a spindle wasn't bent.

LwnmwrMan22, if you will deliver I would definetly consider purchasing your mower.

LawnBoy89
03-03-2006, 03:24 PM
Here are some pics:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v155/ThumperWrench89/DSC00257.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v155/ThumperWrench89/DSC00258.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v155/ThumperWrench89/DSC00259.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v155/ThumperWrench89/DSC00260.jpg

qps
03-03-2006, 03:36 PM
I'm not sure what the $600 tune-up consisted of but he showed me the bill nothing was really replaced. I didn't bring it in to get tuned up, I'm pretty sure he just recently had the head gasket replaced. I think I should just fish around for a better deal, by the way he told me that when he brought it in they couldn't figure out what was wrong with the deck to make the blades hit and they said a spindle wasn't bent.

LwnmwrMan22, if you will deliver I would definetly consider purchasing your mower.

Wow...600.00 tune up on a mower.....

TJLANDS
03-03-2006, 03:40 PM
If you can, take it back and use the money for a new one. It will be well worth it. Either put money down or use the 3000+ for the first years payments, either way good luck!

martinslandscaping
03-03-2006, 04:04 PM
well i just picked up a 2005 hustler super z 72 has 150 hours paid 7878.63 out the door and what a machine I love it

Eclipse
03-03-2006, 05:19 PM
I agree. If you can get your money back I would do so without question.

CAG
03-03-2006, 05:21 PM
The tune up was a rip..But the mower doesn't look hammered maybe you will have good luck with it.. If you got a couple accounts you will have your money back in no time..Too bad it didn't have a collection system on it..

LwnmwrMan22
03-03-2006, 06:50 PM
I'm not sure what the $600 tune-up consisted of but he showed me the bill nothing was really replaced. I didn't bring it in to get tuned up, I'm pretty sure he just recently had the head gasket replaced. I think I should just fish around for a better deal, by the way he told me that when he brought it in they couldn't figure out what was wrong with the deck to make the blades hit and they said a spindle wasn't bent.

LwnmwrMan22, if you will deliver I would definetly consider purchasing your mower.

That extra $600 you gave him would go along ways to getting it delivered to your place.

lawnmaniac883
03-03-2006, 06:58 PM
Wow, take that thing back, thats gotta be a pre 98 model...small gas tank filler neck still. Pretty bad shape, too many hours, etc for 3600

Restrorob
03-03-2006, 07:29 PM
Wished I could find people dim enough to pay $600 for a $125 tune up, I could retire in no time. ;)

LawnBoy89
03-03-2006, 08:51 PM
He showed me the bill it had a bit of work done it needed a tune-up it wasn't just regular maintnence. I think I'm going to try and get my money back I already found quiet a few good deals between ebay and the bargain news. Thanks for the help.

MMLawn
03-03-2006, 08:58 PM
Like I told you when you ask this same question with the same price and tune-up price back in December of last year..............he should be arrested cause he robbed you and your dad should kick his azz for taking advantage of a kid.

mowerman90
03-03-2006, 09:03 PM
Take it back and come see my Hustler Super Z

LawnBoy89
03-04-2006, 11:30 AM
Yea I'm definetly going to give it back, I guess you were right.

I would love to get your SUper Z but unfortunatly you're pretty far if I knew that in the spring of last year I would have it cuz we drove down to FL for vacation but this year we are flying down to FL to go on a cruise.