Advice on buying a used Grasshopper

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by caden2000, Mar 24, 2006.

  1. caden2000

    caden2000 LawnSite Member
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    I am currently looking at a used grasshopper model 1822. It looks like it has been well taken care of, and seems to run fine. It has an 18hp B/S twin on it with a 52" deck. My question is this: Is a mower this old (I'm assuming it's roughly 17-18 years old) worth the price of $2500.00? Any thing I should be looking for specifically while testing it out? Thanks for any advice.
     
  2. befnme

    befnme LawnSite Bronze Member
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    i just bought an 04 model with 25horse and 61" deck for 3500.00
     
  3. Mr Budget

    Mr Budget LawnSite Member
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    the price is too high for a unit that old and you don't know how many hours our on the engine
     
  4. caden2000

    caden2000 LawnSite Member
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    OK...Same mower for 1500?
     
  5. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
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    That mower was only built in 1987 and 1988. HYdro. drive units will cost about $800.00/side, if they are weak. The "T" drive gearbox is over $200.00.
    I would not give over $750.00 for the machine, not knowing how many hours it has on it.
    to test the hydro drive sysyem, nudge the machine up against a beam or post, with the tires on concrete or asphalt. With engine at full throttle, move the steering levers fully forward. The machine should spin both tires about the same. If the tires will not spin, or one side seems weaker than the other, you are headed for hydro. system problems.
    I am a Grasshopper dealer.
     
  6. caden2000

    caden2000 LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for the info. I've test driven the mower, and to me it did seem to drive a little slower than the newer mowers I'm accustomed to. I didn't know if maybe it was just geared a little lower or maybe there was a problem.
     
  7. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Those machines were very slow, even when new.
     
  8. caden2000

    caden2000 LawnSite Member
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    Well, I'm looking for a good used mower for personal use only. If you come across a good deal, let me know. I'm just not wanting to break the bank, so to speak for my yard only.
     
  9. Willofalltrades

    Willofalltrades LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Personal use I would think a mower like that would work. Although I would spend the money and finance a new one.
     

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