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Old 08-08-2013, 12:35 PM
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Exmark 32 inch Metro Mower

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I am a non-professional homeowner with a pretty big yard. Roughly 2/3 of an acre. When you add in the fact that a 75' by 30' section is at a 20 degree slope, it a tall order for a residential bagger mower to handle. I am considering making the jump to a large walk behind mower to save me some time and take the stress of my knees on the hill.

Right now I am talking with a gentleman for a 32" exmark metro mower with 50 hours on it. Looks to be in good shape. If I buy it, i want to get a sulky to throw on the back so I can go side to side on the hill and not destroy my knees. That said, he wants a $1,000 for it. Is that a good deal? It has a 12.5hp Kawasaki engine. Looks like it might be 7-8 years old, but in pretty decent shape.

I would love to hear your thoughts... Any advice on what questions I should be asking?

Thanks guys...Warren
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Old 08-08-2013, 01:33 PM
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Question for you Pros...

I am a non-professional homeowner with a pretty big yard. Roughly 2/3 of an acre. When you add in the fact that a 75' by 30' section is at a 20 degree slope, it a tall order for a residential bagger mower to handle. I am considering making the jump to a large walk behind mower to save me some time and take the stress of my knees on the hill.

Right now I am talking with a gentleman for a 32" exmark metro mower with 50 hours on it. Looks to be in good shape. If I buy it, i want to get a sulky to throw on the back so I can go side to side on the hill and not destroy my knees. That said, he wants a $1,000 for it. Is that a good deal? It has a 12.5hp Kawasaki engine. Looks like it might be 7-8 years old, but in pretty decent shape.

I would love to hear your thoughts... Any advice on what questions I should be asking?

Thanks guys...Warren
Get the model and serial #'s. I'm almost certain it's older than 8 years old just by the engine. Also doubt it only has 50 hours since these never came with an hour meter to begin with.
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Old 08-08-2013, 01:36 PM
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I think that engine was used until the late 90's early 2000's.
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Old 08-08-2013, 02:14 PM
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Great advice. I appreciate the info. If I get the serial number, what should I be looking for?
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Old 08-08-2013, 03:15 PM
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Great advice. I appreciate the info. If I get the serial number, what should I be looking for?
Post the model and serial #'s when you get them and I can tell you the year of the mower. Overall looks like a nice machine especially for it's age (hard to say for sure from one picture). I'd look to see if it's been repainted (over spray around tires and decals are a dead give away it's been repainted). If it's been repainted they might be trying to hide it's age. I'd check to see if it moves forward smoothly in all forward gears and reverse is assist so you have to pull it to get it to move in reverse. Also check out the engine as you normally would.

If it drives and runs good that's not a terrible price (not knowing the year). Knowing the age of the mower will give you a starting point to knock some off of the price.

Belt drive walk behinds are pretty simple to work on and much less expensive than hydro machines.
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Old 08-09-2013, 09:00 AM
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Guy is insistent that its a 2011 and that he was the original owner. I didn't think 2011 models would have a metal shoot like that one does.

Anyways, I am also looking at a Ferris 32". Looks pretty sweet, but my knowledge of ferris is pretty light. See the attached link.

http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/grd/3970017621.html
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Old 08-09-2013, 01:11 PM
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Guy is insistent that its a 2011 and that he was the original owner. I didn't think 2011 models would have a metal shoot like that one does.

Anyways, I am also looking at a Ferris 32". Looks pretty sweet, but my knowledge of ferris is pretty light. See the attached link.

http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/grd/3970017621.html
2011 Metros had a 15 or 16 HP Kawasaki IIRC. He won't give you the model and serial # for the Metro?
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Old 08-09-2013, 01:13 PM
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Guy is insistent that its a 2011 and that he was the original owner. I didn't think 2011 models would have a metal shoot like that one does.

Anyways, I am also looking at a Ferris 32". Looks pretty sweet, but my knowledge of ferris is pretty light. See the attached link.

http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/grd/3970017621.html
I don't know much about Ferris either. I had a walk behind with that Briggs and it was a LOUD engine but had great power.
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Old 08-09-2013, 01:20 PM
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Hey i think i saw a video of that exact same mower on youtube, A sulky is great for the flat part of the yard, but i would never try it on a hill unless the mower was a hydro, I also have a metro, they are good mowers and that is a decent price, the video i saw though said it had 50 hrs but they bought it from a landscaper who used it as a backup, would look into that!
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Old 08-09-2013, 01:24 PM
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Oh and here is my 2011/2012 metro. The one your looking at is no where close to new, im thinking 99 on yours.
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John Deere 737 w/23hp kawi and 60in" 7iorn2
Exmark Metro w/15hp kawi and 36"ultracut2
Old 7x14 open equipment trailer
5x8 Texas trailers utility trailer (soon to have racks!)
Echo srm 225 Trimmer
Echo pas w/edger att.
Echo pb500h
A tube of grease and some gas!
Still wishin for that Scag Wildcat!
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