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How old of a WB would you buy if the price was cheap?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by stevenf, Jun 25, 2008.

  1. stevenf

    stevenf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,612

    Someone I know has had an old Scag Belt drive (Like 2000 model). Its a 36" with 15hp I think. Its been sitting in storage, inside a building, for quite some time now. He used to do lawn work part time so Im not sure of the abuse or use it has on it nor does it have an hour meter. He says its not the original engine, a friend of his was a mechanic and rebuilt that one for free.
    Sum it up: He wants $500.00 for it and he is stuck on that price. Would you venture into this if you needed a better mower? How reliable are scag dealers to readily carry parts for an almost 10 year old machine?
  2. stevenf

    stevenf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,612

    Also, he is not the original owner. A residential customer owned it and he noticed it on his back porch and ask. The man sold it to him for a good price.
  3. dura to the max

    dura to the max LawnSite Silver Member
    from georgia
    Posts: 2,246

    i might would depending on the looks of the mower. i had scags at one point, and they're as tough as nails.
  4. stevenf

    stevenf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,612

    It is in pretty good condition and has a 2 wheel sulky or velky(whichever one). Does scag carry parts for machines that old?
  5. dura to the max

    dura to the max LawnSite Silver Member
    from georgia
    Posts: 2,246

    i dont know. i didnt have mine too long, i traded for a z. but they are tough. and i think mine had several thousand hrs too.
  6. coxslawncare

    coxslawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 223

    i bought a 1985 toro t-bar 36 last year for 700, runs strong have not had one issue starts first time every time. its not so much the age of the machine that is important but the condition
  7. Grass Happens

    Grass Happens LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 682

    Jump on it. yes scag makes parts still. I have a 1989 ransomes (bobcat) walk behind. If it didn't cut so damn nice, i wouldn't have kept it. But I still can get parts for it, so...
  8. Lbilawncare

    Lbilawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,116

    $500, buy it ! 2000 is not that old for a Walk-Behind provided it hasn't been used day in and day out. Scag has a good network of dealers, and lots of parts available online.

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Posts: 5,225

    my friend has a scag with over 2500 hours on it and it was abused pretty badly by the previous owner. it is over 10 years old and still runs great and he used it to cut 30 lawns a week
  10. stevenf

    stevenf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,612

    It was actually sitting in that storage room as long as I have known the guys nephew which will be going on 4 years now. Its sounding like more and more of a better deal. I will contact the Scag dealer tomorrow to get specifics and the availability of parts. I think its a kohler engine?.?.? not sure though.

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