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Quiky One
07-12-2007, 12:48 AM
How many hours have you guys ever ran on a mower? Please specify brand, motor, diesel v. gas, and how many inch cut.

Thanks Jason

07-13-2007, 09:58 PM
i have a 03 lazer with 315 hours, a 05 lazer with 303 hours and a 03 w/b with about 90 hours
still many years of life left

07-13-2007, 11:23 PM
3200 hrs 26 efi Kohler on a 48" Walker, almost 4 years.
(had the same engine blow after 1400 hrs on different mower,exact same model)
I usually sell the mowers after 2 full seasons
2600 hrs EFI 28 Kohler on Dixie 60" 2.5 seasons
Retired a 52" scag hydro walk behind with a 16 Vanguard this year, bought new
in 95. no hour meter but I would guess over 4500. Gave it to one of my employees, engine still running strong, the rest of the mower was beat

07-13-2007, 11:27 PM
The most I ever got out of a gas motor was an old L head Kohler.
7,200 hrs on a very old Toro GM3 greens mower - probably mid seventies or so.
The unit actually had pretty good torque up until the piston separated at the wrist pin.
I have a fairly large employee base and the highest hour piece of equipment is a '99 Gravely 260PM with 1900 hours on it. We use this machine as a "goat" mower - anything that is tall and nasty gets trimmed by 'ol nasty.
And when I have friends clamoring to borrow a machine even my secretary knows about 'ol nasty - she will just point, hand them the key and 'ol nasty is out the dorr again.
All my other machines are traded out every two and a half years or so when they reach around 950-1050 hrs.

J&R Landscaping
07-13-2007, 11:42 PM
2001 model year Ransome Bobcat rider. 52" cut, 22hp kohler engine. High 3600's when it was sold. Still running on its original engine original build.

1996 model year Ransome Bobcat hydro wb mower. 52" cut, 16hp v-twin vanguard enigne. +or-2800 hours. Still runs as a primary mower.

07-13-2007, 11:46 PM
Interesting, why get rid of them after 2 seasons & 1,000 hours. Are they really that beat, loose wore out? Or is it that they still have some value & it's a good time to upgrade.

Maybe I should start another post about maintenance.

07-14-2007, 01:52 AM
We have 3 eXmark Lazer HP's with 1200-1400 hours on each. All run daily. We also have a new 60" Lazer with about 150 hours so far.

07-14-2007, 04:27 AM
1998 Ransomes Bobcat ZTR 61" Kohler Command 25hp has 3288 hours on it.

Our other Bobcat's with 17hp Kawi's don't have hour meters on them, and I don't even wanna guess cause they are not used as hard as the 61.

07-14-2007, 07:51 AM
I know a guy who has 4100 on a 25 kohler exmark 60 ultra cut same guy 4200
same type mower. same type mower another friend has 2400.

07-14-2007, 08:07 AM
Buddy of mine has an old Scag 3-wheeler with a Kohler on it. 7400 hours so far...now using it just for his place. Guess he figures when it blows up, he doesn't want to have to drag it too far lol.

07-14-2007, 08:20 AM
Buddy of mine has an old Scag 3-wheeler with a Kohler on it. 7400 hours so far...now using it just for his place. Guess he figures when it blows up, he doesn't want to have to drag it too far lol.

That is really amazing a gas engine can stay together that long. You can believe the manufacture does not want that type of longevity, they will be in bankruptcy.

Mark in MD
07-14-2007, 03:58 PM
I ran a 1986 Bob-cat 32 for 21 years. Don't know the hours, but I know they were a lot. Mower went through a whole bunch of engines, transmissions, wheels, casters, blade spindles, etc. The only thing I didn't replace were the handlebars. Finally had to give up on 'er when the deck steel started wearing down to about the thickness of heavy paper. I finally replaced it last year. What did I buy? A 1978 Bob-cat 32. :-)

07-14-2007, 11:28 PM
Mark, that reminds me of the story about the guy who stoped and talked to a fellow chopping wood some years ago in Illinois.

He commented that the ax the man was using looked mighty old. The man replied that it was, and in fact, once belonged to Abraham Lincoln.

Quite impressed, the guy asked if he could hold it for a minute. After doing so, and looking closely at the ax, he remarked that it was in amazingly good condition for being that old.

The guy said, well, it should be. It has had 3 new heads, and 2 new handles. :)