View Full Version : Highest Hours ? for fun

David Grass
02-15-2005, 05:30 PM
I would like to get some hi hour bragging as an amusing comparison of brands, maintenance, mowing style, etc. ORIGINAL ENGINE AND HYDROS only please. I have a Walker with GHS, but almost always use a side discharge 52, with 2600 plus hours, that is running like new! Year 1995, and I have the original front tires, and one original back tire still on it. Oh, and it is a Kohler 20 command. I know lots of you have many more hours, and I guess I am looking for a possible confirmation that I can still get many more years out of this machine. payup

02-15-2005, 05:38 PM
Not exactly hours, but just today I was driving down the highway and there was a little Dodge Neon car in front of me... Had mailbox numbers on the back window that said: 340,000 Miles

Not bad in a Neon! It appeared to run fine, the person driving it had a casual driving style, not aggressive or romping on the thing at all, drove speed limit, etc. My family gets high miles out of our cars too, just maintain them religiously and don't drive hard. 206k original miles on a '92 Ford full size van, 230k miles on a '84 Mercury Cougar, just to name a couple. The Cougar we sold, the van we still have but don't use. My last truck was a '90 F250 and had 196k when i sold it, it had a hard life when i got it at 186k. Sorry a little off topic. :) all of my high hour machines have not had an hourmeter all their life so i have no idea... I have a couple garden tractors I would say have at least 3,000 hrs on them...

02-15-2005, 05:41 PM
1988 JD 332 - 16hp yanmar diesel - 5017 hrs. - just sold it to my son-in-law.
It absolutely runs like new still today.

Still uses no oil - always changed it and filter at 110 hrs. Runs like a charm - only things it needed over the years was one new water pump, and one new generator, and we replaced the three injectors at about 2600 hrs.

Thanks Brad

02-15-2005, 07:27 PM
Kubota GF1800 - 1800
Kubota F2400 - 2800
01 Dodge truck - 170,000 miles
01 Chrysler Cirrus - 75,000 miles
95 Grand Cherokee - 155,000 miles

I dont get rid of anything, When I consider it finished, it goes straight to salvage yard.

BTW, Everything still runs and looks great (Kubota's were stripped to frame and repainted his year)

David Grass
02-16-2005, 10:24 AM
bump bump bump

02-16-2005, 08:12 PM
You are starting to run in overtime with your unit. The Kohler guys say 2000 hours is the expected life. We have a 25hp unit that has 3000 and we are hoping that Kohler is wrong. We had two 15hp units that failed at around the 2000 hr but one of the replacement has run 2500 hrs.

02-16-2005, 11:24 PM
How about a 20 year old JD 36" WB. It has been used commercially for its whole life. I couldnt even tell you the hours on it. It still has the original engine on it. Most of the pulleys and that are still original. The only major thing I replaced were the spindles.

02-17-2005, 12:12 AM
1996 Walker GHS with 21 kubota Gas 3100hrs. Still used 5 days a week. Replace one gearbox and one hydro and rebuit the starter. Otherwise no other major problems.

02-17-2005, 02:53 AM
I have never kept a mower long enough to reach real high hours. I once had a Dixie Chopper that had 2000 hours on it and still had what I thought a lot of life left. It was a 20hp on a 60" deck too (under powered by todays comparison). I think for Gas engines, Dixie Choppers are going to generally last the longest. They come with bypass filter and oil cooler. With that said, don't own a Dixie anymore because I have more needs then a long lasting engine.

I had a 94 dodge ram gasser that almost had 400k miles on it before I totaled it by hitting a poll in a parking lot and the light came crashing down on top of the bab smashing it and the window not to mention the front end damage to the front. I had liability on it because it had so many miles so I put her to rest. I bet that thing would have hit 450K no problem. I put a new clutch and rear end in it but no engine work at all. Mostly highway miles up to 300K and then all city driving towing a trailer.

02-17-2005, 04:48 AM
My Lazer Z 60" with Ultra Vac and a 23 hp Kohler has 1526 hours and seems to have become a little weak on power in the last 100 hours but overall is performing well, my next mower will be the same.....

02-17-2005, 07:57 AM
Don't know how many hours it has on it, but I have a '95 Torro walk behind. It prolly get , on average, about 7-10 hour a week and is still kicking. My '96 GMC has 277,000 miles on it and runs great. Gas mileage ain't what it used to be, but I'll suffer awile longer.

02-17-2005, 08:49 AM
Another LCO (good friend of mine here in NJ) has a Scag 3-wheeler with over 7000 original hours on it...unreal.

02-17-2005, 09:00 AM
Our groundmaster 220 had about 3100 hours on the original 20hp onan until someone for got to check the oil so it had a new engine and is for sale...and the 216 reelmaster, dont know the engine type, but has 2800 on the clock....

I had a Pontiac Grand Prix from 1988(when they changed the body style from the boxy to the more curvy) it had th 3.1l pushrod V6 that went 198K before i sold an my wife 87 longbed s-10 with the 2.8 v6 went for 187K before it threw a rod after the oil pump failed....the body was still perfect so in went a rebuilt engine...I used that truck to start my LCO company in florida. I gave to mom and dad when I moved north...good little truck.

02-17-2005, 11:23 AM
have a diesel mitsubishi 23 hp on a Ransomes front runner 60" deck w/ 1900 hrs and running like new. Had a 18 kohler on a Gravely wb w/ 50" deck that we put 2,000 hrs on before we traded it. Wish I still had it.

02-17-2005, 11:23 AM
I guy I used to work for had an old Gravely WB with a Briggs engine on it. The thing was about 12 years, and had 3800 hrs on it. The engine was a Magnum, and that's the name we gave the mower. The mower itself was falling apart, and was used less and less as the years wore on. But, its still in the shop. The engine runs perfectly like the day it was bought. Problem is the rest of the mower is held together with duct tape and chewing gum!

02-17-2005, 11:32 AM
we still have 6 gravely walk behind convertibles from the late 60's all we use them for is plowing snow and brooming snow. we still have the decks for them too, but parts are getting harder to find. No idea on the hours....

02-17-2005, 06:48 PM
6256 hrs and counting, most of them are from Fine Lines Lawn the original owner. Original engine 22 hp Kohler

02-17-2005, 08:31 PM
Nice 1 Lucky !!
Love Z's of those Dixie's, Deere's, Hustler's, Scag's and Walkers!

Here's a quote from Bob Walker, President, Walker Mfg.,
L & L mag Nov.'04, page 96, 2nd paragraph:

"We target a design performance of about 5,000 hours and i think that would be about the same for most manufacturers. You could achieve about 1,000 hours per year with some machines, but the average is about 500 to 700 hours. That means a 5,000-hour machine would give you a life of about 10 or 12 years."

David Grass
02-18-2005, 01:33 PM
great replies, thanks! I feel like my Walker may get another thousand or two now! (I am a crazy optimist tho)

02-18-2005, 02:08 PM
lucklawnboy- that is great!! I have had several kohlers that I loved and had great luck with. If I were to purchase another gas I would go w/ kohler for sure. When I got out of the biz I sold a 89 pro 50 wb gravely w/ 18 kohler that had close to 2,000 central florida hrs on it. Still ran like new and many of these hrs were on tuff bahia grass that I mowed when getting started. Anyways now I'm hoping my 23 diesel mitsubishi racks up the kind of hrs you got out of your kohler. She's coming up on 2,000 now and I believe she has another 2,000 in her easily.

Travis Followell
02-18-2005, 08:09 PM
6256 hrs and counting, most of them are from Fine Lines Lawn the original owner. Original engine 22 hp Kohler
What year is that Dixie?

02-18-2005, 08:19 PM
1997 Xw2200-60

02-18-2005, 08:26 PM
I don't remember the model but my father-in-law has a hydro john deere garden tractor with over 7500 hours, very close to 8k. The liquid-cooled kawasaki still starts through the winter and seems to have decent power. It was used at a factory to pull a "dumpster-train" before he got it. Now he uses it to pull trailers. I worked at that factory and know they always did the scheduled maintenance, they put a sticker near the hour-meter as a reminder.

I've always wanted to know the hours one could get out of a 2-cycle . . . maybe start a new thread.