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Old 12-14-2001, 01:19 PM
LAWNS AND MOWER LAWNS AND MOWER is offline
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LIFESPAN OF TORO WB's

I've been using a Toro 44inch Proline for 6 seasons and have seriously been considering getting a new one in the spring. This mower has been a charm for me and has never deserted me. What's the average lifespan ya'll have experienced with these?


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Old 12-14-2001, 02:42 PM
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Hmm.... You say the mower has never given you any trouble? I'll assume you like the way it cuts. It's paid for (another assumption). It does the job day after day.

Keep the mower regardless of age.

Some mowers just keep going on and on like the Energizer Bunny.

When the mower starts costing you money, and I'm talking major money, then you should start to look around for something new.
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Old 12-14-2001, 02:43 PM
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as with any piece of equipment, proper maintenance and care it will last forever.
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Old 12-14-2001, 03:34 PM
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When it comes to belt drive walk behinds, I think can easily last a very long time. If it cuts nice and you like the way it operates i would just run it till the engine dies then replace the engine for 800 bucks and have almost a new machine( a new tranny is only 150 bucks also). Most parts for a walkbehind are very inexpensive and easy to fix so i feel its worth holding on to them!
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Old 12-14-2001, 05:12 PM
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my advice would be similar to previous answers.
at 6 yrs u may be feeling worn spindles etc.
still if its got the cut an still fits your buisiness id keep it
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Old 12-14-2001, 06:14 PM
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Just wash it off if you drive it down salted roads! Ya don't want it to rust out!
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Old 12-14-2001, 06:27 PM
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Sounds like you are just getting it broke in. :blob3:
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Old 12-14-2001, 08:02 PM
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I bought my 44 Toro w 11 briggs 1988. Replaced the Engine 1994
w a 14 Vanguard. Sold to homeowner 2000. Check grease in trans yearly, I put some weight in the frame to help keep down.
Cut wet grass better than my scag. The Scag mulched leaves better. Keep it for your backup or small area mower. When
you buy the rider it makes more flexible. The rider for you the Toro
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Old 12-14-2001, 09:26 PM
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Mine is a 1983 model!!! It runs excellent. I have replaced the wheels, though. And I put a 15hp Kohler command on it. The tranny has to get a new shaft every year because I use a velkie.
Yes, there are expenses to it. But, the deck has no rust and stripes very nicely. The thing about the new Toro's is that the weight distribution is uneven. The tranny's are junk. There are 5 gears, but they are thinner and break. Mine are still good after 19 years. If you want more speed, get the bigger engine and larger tires.
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Old 12-14-2001, 10:24 PM
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I JUST TODAY PURCHASED A 36 INCH TORO W/12.5 KAW,,LATER TODAY I WENT TO A DEMO OF A WALKER 36 (THAT IS ONE BAD MACHINE 7,000$) THE GUY IN THE DEMO SAID THE TORO ONLY LASTED 100-1200 HOURS THE YOU HAVE TO REBUILD IT NO MATTER YOUR MAINTENANCE HABITS.
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