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Mower Identification and Engine Help

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by getdown, Sep 19, 2012.

  1. getdown

    getdown LawnSite Senior Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 297

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    Hey Everyone. I just picked up this lawn mower today...paid $460.

    A little rusty (not in mint condition)...and the engine definitely has some problems. I'm trying to diagnose exactly what the problems are and see if I should have a small engine mechanic tune it up, or just buy a new bolt on engine.

    Two things I can use all your help with. I know the engine is a Kawasaki FV460v.

    Nowhere on the body of the mower does it show what kind of mower it is...do you have an ideas of what make/model this is?

    Also, if I replace the engine, do you all know what new engines I could buy that would fit on this mower?

    Thanks guys!

    Oh yeah, do you think I got an "okay" deal?
     
  2. getdown

    getdown LawnSite Senior Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 297

    My first guess is that its an Encore 48k200
     
  3. jlbf0786

    jlbf0786 LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Charlotte, NC
    Posts: 507

    It looks like either ENCORE or KEE'S brand mower.
    Engine is Kawasaki FB460V
     
  4. Greg78

    Greg78 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,010

    Fixed photo for you.

    mower.jpg
     
  5. getdown

    getdown LawnSite Senior Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 297

    jlb- thank you for the id

    Greg-thanks for helping with the photo!

    So do you guys think, even if the engine is a "throw away" (I think it's fixable probably, maybe just rather spend the money on a new engine)...that $460 was a fair deal?

    Also, do you know what engines I can replace the fv460v with that will fit easily?
     
  6. I MOW ALONE

    I MOW ALONE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,896

    looks like an old snapper kees.
     
  7. I MOW ALONE

    I MOW ALONE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,896

    if it dont run you overpaid
     
  8. getdown

    getdown LawnSite Senior Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 297

    I've gotten it to run, it just doesn't want to start consistently. Something must need fixing, I just have very little mechanical know how to diagnose it
     
  9. getdown

    getdown LawnSite Senior Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 297

    what engines do you all think I can put in there if I need to replace it?
     
  10. Greg78

    Greg78 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,010

    Best to measure the shaft and match it up that way.
     

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