View Full Version : What Would You Do????

12-18-2001, 12:09 AM
I have a 32 belt drive it needs a little work its had a long hard life I bought from a pretty big landscape co. its a 1992 heres what it needs spindle job, on/off switch ive been pulling the plug and have got shocked a couple of times in the rain, it need the belt cover, new bag the bag i have now is not for this mower, new rear tire, it also needs all new belts, the paint is really bad but theres really nothing i can do about that, I bought this mower for $600 and its gonna cost about $1200 the guy said it would be like a new mower a new scag 32 runs $2000-$2500 should i fix the old or buy the new

Kent Lawns
12-18-2001, 12:59 AM
Buy new.

12-18-2001, 04:07 AM
buy a new one.

Richard Martin
12-18-2001, 05:58 AM
If the cost to repair the mower is 50% or more of the price of a new mower you usually just go ahead and buy the new mower.

I am a little confused as to why it costs so much money to do the little bit of repairs that you have to do though.

Belts should run you $100, new spindles would be $100.00, On/Off switch should be around $10.00, a new tire is $25.00 and I don't know how much the cover costs but you should be able to get it for around $100.00. Don't include the cost of the bag in the repairs because you would have to buy one for the new mower anyway.

That only comes to $335.00. Where is the rest of the $1200?

If he's going to make the repairs he's charging you $865 in labor. Tell him you don't begrudge him making a living and a profit but he doesn't have to make it all on you. The total labor time on everything should be under 3 hours for an experienced mechanic. That would work out to $288 an hour. The in-shop labor rate around me is $65.

12-18-2001, 09:00 AM
That is definatly high $1200.00

Most all of the repairs you mentioned are pretty straight forward.. I would just do it yourself over the winter.. Tear the thing apart and cleanit up , repaint it and replace all those parts that need .. Incl the cost of the mahcine you should have a nice mower ready to go for not more than $1000.00 Good luck with it..
There are quite a few mail order places you could get the parts from inexpensivly.. like landscapers supply, Mow more, and billions of others.. Just search on the net..

12-18-2001, 12:09 PM
again buy new... its hard to put a price on what its "gonna" cost to make it run like a new one..

12-18-2001, 12:10 PM

12-18-2001, 12:56 PM
There's not much to belt drivesand they will run forever given the welds don't break off.....I also think that $1200 (US?) is too much you could repair 2 for that....:)

12-18-2001, 01:17 PM
Buy a new one. Look at it this way...now you have a parts mower. Even if all parts aren't still the same, you will find useful pieces when you need them most.