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How many hours is "too many" when buying a used mower

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by CurbAppealCounts, Feb 5, 2008.

  1. CurbAppealCounts

    CurbAppealCounts LawnSite Member
    from Atlanta
    Posts: 17

    I am looking at buying a used Walker mower. Assuming the mower has had all the proper maintenance, how many hours is too many when buying a used mower? Also, what is the average lifespan of a Walker mower?
  2. Jerry Lee

    Jerry Lee LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 354

    I think more than 500 is too many but ive seen mowers go double that as long as they did regular maintenance.
  3. Albery's Lawn & Tractor

    Albery's Lawn & Tractor LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,675

    Only 500 hours? I'd buy one with more then that easy. As long as you know who had the mower and how it was maintained, I'd buy with up to 1200 or so. I wouldn't plan on keeping it forever, but a season or two would be fine. Don't know about walkers, but if the motor is maintained correctly it should last 2000-3000 hours easily.
  4. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,220

    its kind lof like a car.....

    there ARE things that will go out and you have to replace at certain times.

    But it's how it was treated too

    MOWEMJEFF LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 278

    My old company had an 16horse 36 that had 4200 hours still in use when I left. Walker has no money down no interest no payment till November 08 right now, can get a 20horse 48 inch around here for 8500 with 0 hours.
  6. jtkplc

    jtkplc LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,646

    The closer it was to 1000 hours the farther I'd stay away from it.
  7. barefeetny

    barefeetny LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 533

    if the deck and frame are solid and the bars are there

    i'll buy it for the right price

    motors tranny belts and spindles are all easy enough to put together

    good winter projects

    the 48 belt scag i got for free is my backup mower and I have 42 dollars in parts into it....

    hardly gets used...

    If the chuckleheads at the dealership can fix it... so can i

    now i don't know if i would tear down a 8000$ ztr

    but feel quite fine in my free to 900 crap

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