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soloscaper
03-30-2006, 06:26 PM
I'm getting ready to buy my first mower. Don't have much to spend. I was thinking of buying used and wanted some feedback. Also should I buy WB or a ryder?

NEPSJay
03-30-2006, 06:33 PM
used wb to keep overhead low

soloscaper
03-30-2006, 06:43 PM
What should I be looking for as far as wear or damage on a used machine?

NEPSJay
03-30-2006, 06:52 PM
make sure machine has reasonable amount of hours, you really dont want anything with 2000 hours on it, make sure no major leaks, smoke or knocks. check the deck for rot, check pulleys and spindles turn free. check tranny for slippage, if hydro drive, check that for leaks. make sure all gears/speeds including reverse work. make sure main frame is not twisted. make sure PTO engages properly, etc etc. its mostly common sence stuff. just look around and dont jump on the first one you find.

soloscaper
03-30-2006, 07:06 PM
Thanks for the help!!

J&R Landscaping
03-30-2006, 08:22 PM
What size properties are you going to be mowing? If you are only mowing smaller areas, you may want to look into a 36" so you can get thru gates. JMO

soloscaper
03-30-2006, 09:18 PM
So far under 1 acre.

Lawn Masters
03-30-2006, 09:37 PM
In addition, when looking, make sure the spindles arent flopping from side to side, and the blades sharp, clean filters, things that would indicate the machine has been treated well and not neglected or abused to death.