View Full Version : Help ID my Mower

04-02-2010, 03:09 PM
She an oldie but a good machine. I need to find out what model and year it is so I can get a bagger for it.


04-02-2010, 03:24 PM
be grateful it lasted this long , and just buy a good used or new one.
oh my

04-02-2010, 03:34 PM
wow that thing is a wreck.

04-02-2010, 04:16 PM
This is for my pops house guy's. I know it's not pretty but is starts on the first pull and runs great. I'm not going out and dropping 1500.00 on a newer machine just to cut my pops place. I'm not a Landscaper, I'm in the Irrigation Field.

04-02-2010, 04:34 PM
Why not just throw a mulching kit on it and baffle the blades off then? Baggers for that size wb are gonna be pricey, unless you really really luck out on ebay.

04-02-2010, 04:38 PM
I stopped down at my local dealer yesterday and he said he could get my a bagger like the Accelerator for 225.00. I don't like to mulch.

04-02-2010, 04:38 PM
exmark metro, by the looks of it they have not changed the chute design at all, as mine is much newer but looks exactly the same. Find a serial number anywhere?

04-02-2010, 04:54 PM
The plate that's on there is pretty shot but these are the #'s that are on there. 48-12.5K5 70953

04-02-2010, 05:10 PM
July 3rd, 1995


04-02-2010, 05:54 PM
In that last pic, it doesn't even look like the deck belt is tight, and id go for the accelerator, its a good unit. Thats a survivor!!

Richard Martin
04-02-2010, 06:56 PM
The plate that's on there is pretty shot but these are the #'s that are on there. 48-12.5K5 70953

I believe 48-12.5K5 is the model number and 70953 is the serial number. Exmark doesn't have any manuals online before the 130,000 series.

If you look on the engine it should give you a month and year of manufacture. That's about all I know.

04-02-2010, 07:33 PM
The belt isnt tight because the blades are not engaged. Its mechanical, so the idler pulley moves with a lever to tighten the belt on the always spinning engine pulley. The engine check is a good idea assuming its original, or, get some measurements, take those and pictures to the dealer, and they should be able to help. Ive heard lots of good things about the accelerator products!

04-02-2010, 07:33 PM
Thanks Richard

04-02-2010, 08:06 PM
late 80s metro same chute design as the newer models

04-02-2010, 08:11 PM
the 4812.5k is 48'' deck 12.5 hp kawi

04-02-2010, 10:36 PM
Thanks 2low4NH

04-09-2010, 01:09 PM
Our part # GCEX or GCEXXL catcher will fit that mower.

04-09-2010, 01:14 PM
July 3rd, 1995


Actually that date is probably pretty close to being correct.

It is definately a Metro though.

04-09-2010, 01:52 PM
Why would you buy a mower without making sure it has the model and serial number plate,
usually once those are removed it's because the mower was improperly "acquired" somewheres...

You really NEED to check for this, NEVER buy a mower that's missing the model and serial number plate!

That having been said...
Third picture down, that little rectangular aluminum plate down towards the rear axle (in the picture it's to the bottom
of the oil dipstick but in real life it's going to be further back), that plate that appears riveted to the frame should be your
model and serial number plate, it will contain the numbers you're looking for.
It's right in front of the yellow Caution sticker, then there's the rear axle and another white sticker with black print.

Also, a bagger for this mower should work:

Toro model 30197 serial 890001-999999

04-09-2010, 02:03 PM
ahh nvm i see you found it :p

04-09-2010, 02:14 PM
agree with TS..don't want to get nabbed using a mower that is in the records as stolen. Even if you have receipt..you'd proubly at least loose the mower. That said- I'd fix it up if motor runs good in which it sounds like it does. If spindles and all are good- why not. As long as you are mechanically inclined and don't mind some elbo grease. Those old mowers are built strong. May not have the late model deck design to get the very best cut..but certainly still good cut. Before digging into it..just evaluate over-all condition and cost of wear replacement ( belts,ect..). I wouldn't let the paint scare me. Thats minor. Look for rust rot, loose trans, that kind of stuff. I don't know about Exmark..But Scag has a plate to protect the big belt pulley on each side..or maybe it is for saftey- I'd get them on..or build some. Geno

04-09-2010, 02:24 PM
its only a sticker on exmark mowers and he gave numbers. i already gave him the model im guessing 92ish for the year. stop bashing the guy. its a nice old mower

04-09-2010, 02:55 PM
I have to get a grin at th comments of how beat up this thing is, and the like. Fact is, it may look old, have a bit of rust on it, but this machine will STILL cut better (and perhaps even last longer) than some newer mowers out on the market. These were great machines, easy to maintain, and all parts are easy to come by. Little things like caster bearings, pulleys, and idlers are not a major issue. A little tlc, some sandpaper and paint, and you will be shinin'!

04-09-2010, 04:29 PM
Ditto Joe- exackly my thoughts. I use a 80's scag SW36 alot- love it

04-09-2010, 05:24 PM
Hope you got a tetanus shot before opertating it.

04-09-2010, 11:49 PM
Hope you got a tetanus shot before opertating it.

Can't wait to see that $225.00 brand new bagger hangin' off it. Reminds me of a rusty red chevette I saw one day sporting 17" spinners for wheels!:laugh:

04-12-2010, 01:33 AM
I gotta admit...the last two posts ARE funny!...:laugh::drinkup: