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ksland
02-17-2004, 10:30 AM
Thoughts on a oddball I found....

Leftover at the toro dealer a 2001 Toro Hydro 44" T-bar floating deck, 20 hp Kohler (no mistake) electric start for $4500;)

CNYScapes
02-17-2004, 10:42 AM
way too much IMO

PaulJ
02-17-2004, 10:46 AM
Thats great power for that size deck. and hard to find. It must have been a special order or switched later. NOt a bad price for a hydro and foating deck, but it is 3 years old. Find out how low they will go.

Fareway Lawncare
02-17-2004, 12:36 PM
If it has the vertical pin height adjusts stay away. 2001 was the first year some of the new design Walks were introduced.

brucec32
02-17-2004, 12:42 PM
I wouldn't say "way" too much, except that it's hard to value a new mower that is 3 model years old. I got a price of $4000 a couple of years ago on a 2002 44" with the weaker 15hp kohler and no e/s. So add in maybe $300 for electric start, and maybe $600 for the stronger twin cylinder engine, and that's $4900. So around 10% off that for it being a leftover sounds roughly right. Depends on how much bargain hunting you do and what your local market is. I couldn't break down the $4000 barrier with toro back then so I passed.

You can get a Gravely 48" floating deck prosteer 15hp kawi for maybe $4100 and have a similar if not superior steering system on a newer model, so that's something to compare this deal with. The power isn't nearly the same, though. But it may be fine for most use.

I owned a Toro 44" hydro for a short while and will say that unless it's the "classic" horizontal pin deck you probably won't like the traction (improperly balanced, deck seems too heavy) and the steering is a little jumpy for my tastes. I bought mine used and sold it after a few months. Worked well with a velky to weigh down the rear but spun tires a lot w/o one.