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Old 08-18-2013, 12:07 AM
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15 year old Metro 48 for $2200???

Found a Metro 48 for sale, nearest the seller can figure, the machine is a 98, or so, and he estimates 300 hours - It runs well, and absolutely cleaned up his overgrown yard when I took it for a test run on wet 8-10" grass. I was very impressed with the apparent performance. It started on the first pull, cold, and after having been warmed up some, too.
Concerns I have are these - the bolts through the spindles have been replaced - with longer ones? and just the cost. $2200 seems steep for a 15 year old machine - especially when I know there is one I can find that is verifiably a year old, for only a little more, with a sulky.
I would prefer to offer the $750 similar aged machines seem to be going for, but don't want to embarrass the seller. Any thoughts from you wizened purveyors of fine lawn machinery would be appreciated.

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Old 08-18-2013, 12:22 AM
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Yes that's steep. I got a newer homeowner Turf Tracer 48 for $2000 with sulky. I'd offer mabey $600 man. I think it would be a good deal round that. $2200 Just ain't right. Lol

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Old 08-18-2013, 02:05 AM
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Old 08-18-2013, 08:49 AM
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2200 way to high.
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Old 08-18-2013, 09:05 AM
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You really have no way of knowing how many hours are actually on the mower. $2200 is about what it cost brand new back in 1998. Due to it's apparent excellent condition, I'd offer $1000. There are parts of the mower that are getting near the end of their service life like the tires and the electrical wiring. If the mower has been kept indoors it's whole life those parts may appear to be in great shape. As soon as they get some sun on them they will rapidly deteriorate.

People usually only use longer spindle bolts for one reason. Double sets of blades.
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Old 08-18-2013, 11:00 AM
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Assuming only 300 hrs is true, then IFF he had to replace the spindles I'd say he wasn't greasing much of anything on a regular basis. It's all about upkeep when buying used...especially changing the engine oil.

Price a new one to give yourself a better idea of where you sit.
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Old 08-18-2013, 11:03 AM
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I got a used Metro from a Exmark dealer that was probably as close to new condition as you would find. It was a couple of years old w/ all the new features ECS ect. Bought by municipality to mow a hill for 2 years until they were no longer required to maintain it. I paid $1600. The 1st salesman that showed it to me thought it was there new model and kept looking for it on the lot. I would say way overpriced.
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Old 08-18-2013, 11:11 AM
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Thank you guys. I had come to the conclusion separately that the price was way too high, and my ExMark dealer does have a used one that he has with 50 hours, and is one year old, on consignment for $2300. Guess when I get back from my trip, I will see if I can get that one on Exmarks finance program when I get the Commercial 30, too?

I feel like I remember seeing an hour meter on the newer Metro, is my mind deceiving me?
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Old 08-18-2013, 11:17 AM
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No it is not it is an easy add on. I will have it put on my next Metro.
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Old 08-18-2013, 11:18 AM
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ExMark dealer does have a used one that he has with 50 hours, and is one year old, on consignment for $2300. Guess when I get back from my trip...
Hope your trip is short...cuz it may be gone when you return.
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