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B&Clawncare
06-13-2012, 12:19 PM
Just curious if people think a 52" scag walk behind (hydro) in pretty good condition for $1500 is a good deal? it has 1600 hours on it. The deck has some paint wear and what not but other than that, its fine. He also has a 36" scag hydro for $1500 also, has a new motor with 200 hours on it.

hurrikanelandscaping
06-13-2012, 08:04 PM
Buying a hydro machine with that many ours always scares the shi* out of me because if a hydro goes bad you screwed in terms of cost of the repair and the down time. On a belt driven machine all you have to worry about is replacing belts/ pulleys which is dirt cheap. As soon as a hydro goes bad the machine is unusable and they are very very expensive to replace.

B&Clawncare
06-13-2012, 09:00 PM
I am thinking about just getting the 36" walk behind and not the 52". If the hydros go out, i could be mistaken, but cant they be rebuilt?

hurrikanelandscaping
06-13-2012, 10:49 PM
You need to go to a special hydro shop to have that done as most small engine shops will just replace em. i work in my local outdoor power equipment dealer as a mechanic and when the hydros go bad we just relpace em. a lot of the times it isnt even cost effective to rebuild anyways.

B&Clawncare
06-15-2012, 05:56 PM
if one of the hydro "pulls" harder does that mean the other is going out? or can it be adjusted

B&Clawncare
09-17-2012, 12:09 PM
The 52" scag hydro is now $700 and.includes sulky and bag. Needs new starter and one hydro leaks. That's why the price is so low. Its just an o ring on the hydro. Any thoughts?
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leon2245
09-17-2012, 01:35 PM
Hell yeah! Most them boys back east the river run scag. A Scag'll git-r-dun.

290
09-17-2012, 01:59 PM
For that price with a new motor i would pick it up, learn how to rebuild pumps and to the work in the off season.

Here is a video on how to rebuild one. Its not hard and you get to see how these things work inside.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCVxU_UjzK4

290
09-17-2012, 02:15 PM
Another good video, this one shows a rebuild on a warn out pump that needs more than just seals.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=O1fsEQWwdGI

290
09-17-2012, 02:51 PM
And this is how a wheel motor works.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rH5gL0i4io

LawnMastersTN
09-17-2012, 10:30 PM
Buying a hydro machine with that many ours always scares the shi* out of me because if a hydro goes bad you screwed in terms of cost of the repair and the down time. On a belt driven machine all you have to worry about is replacing belts/ pulleys which is dirt cheap. As soon as a hydro goes bad the machine is unusable and they are very very expensive to replace.

That is not always true. I have replaced two transmissions on a 36 WB but never had any issues out of my hydro WB. The hydro last longeer and is way more dependable but you do have the extra expense if something goes wrong, but I just rebuild them myself.

B&Clawncare
09-17-2012, 11:41 PM
The motor has 1600 hours. I am now solo so I only use one mower at a time obviously. I need a back up and I think the 52" would be great. I wouldn't be putting crazy hours on it so the 1600 hours doesn't bother me too much. I can go to my dealer and find one with 1600 hours for $2500. Way better deal even with the hydro leaking from this guy
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LawnMastersTN
09-18-2012, 12:44 AM
If I had the oppertunity I would buy both. Thats a good deal on them as long as they run ok and arent rusted all to hell.

B&Clawncare
09-18-2012, 08:09 AM
No, just some deck wear. This is a bit off topic but on my 36" hydro the right connection going from the hydro fluid res down to the pump feels like it is stripped. Leaking a bunch. Nothing to do with the actual hydro itself. Just the stupid box. Should I buy a whole new box or just use something to hold it into place. Gorilla glue or epoxy
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LawnMastersTN
09-18-2012, 04:12 PM
I'd go to a local brass, pipe, and hose shop and get a brass converting fitting and tap the hole in the tank one size larger. Or if your not good with fixing things buy a new tank. Your just asking for issues if you try to patch it.
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B&Clawncare
09-18-2012, 08:26 PM
thanks a lot for the reply's!