Toro 44'....15hp....Value of?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by o-so-n-so, Aug 16, 2006.

  1. o-so-n-so

    o-so-n-so LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Alabama
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    Whats a 3 year old (unknown hours) toro 44" 15 hp walkbehind worth?
    Owner wants 25 hunerd. Thought it was a little high. What would be a good offer if machine is in top notch shape?
  2. Kickin Your Grass

    Kickin Your Grass LawnSite Senior Member
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  3. gardenkeeper88

    gardenkeeper88 LawnSite Senior Member
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    IMO $0.00!!!!
    Bought a new 44" 15hp 5 years ago sold after 2.5 years. Never had too much prob w/ my 52" almost twice the # of hours but blades kept locking up the 44. at the tune of 200+to fix ea. time. Toro Ha never again. Sorry but I heard the same problem from 3 other LCO that had the same machine, along with others and the 44 was the only one that kept giving them fits.
  4. o-so-n-so

    o-so-n-so LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Alabama
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    thanks for the info.............................
  5. louviljlj

    louviljlj LawnSite Member
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    I bought my Toro 48" gear drive walkbehind 15hp new online for 2,200.00 so buying a used one for that much "nope". Toro Spindles are crap so I suggest buying something else.
  6. brucec32

    brucec32 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I think the 17hp version goes for about $3500 now. The 15hp single cylinder is not very useful in tall or thick grass. I have had 3 of them over the years but the 16hp twin briggs on another unit I have now has noticeably more power in heavy stuff. But it's 8 years old and not offered.

    3 years old could mean 300 hours (if used for gates and hills only) or 1800. Condition matters a lot. Top notch shape is more than just cosmetics. I'd be sure to test it in some real grass to check for cut problems from a bent deck and see if it bogs in tall grass. I used these 15hp class units a lot before ZTRs and more power came along. But it's a step down from the more powerful units.

    3 years is when the little things start giving you problems too. Tire tubes wear and leak, belts are probably worn, etc. So factor in what your time is worth.

    I wouldn't pay over $2,000 for that unit. I paid $500 (plus $300 in repairs needed) for a 16hp briggs twin 44" toro that gave me about 3 years of part time service but is currently giving me some engine problems. I prefer to stretch for new units unless I know the machine is not going to be used full time, which mine isn't now.
  7. mountainmowinman

    mountainmowinman LawnSite Member
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    I have a toro 44 hydro with a 15 kohler, probably a 2000 model and has 419 hours. The mower luckily has not given me any trouble.Stripes pretty good too.
  8. Bingham Brothers

    Bingham Brothers LawnSite Member
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    just bought an identical toro with 300 hours 5 years old though for $1800
  9. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    I think we're beginning to see the start of higher prices due to an expected high demand for this type of stuff, thou I could be wrong...

    IMO 2500 is for a 1-2 year old, most of the time the machine still shines and has less than 2 full season's use on it, thou you might can get 2.4k for a full 2 year old, being it's a Toro. I'm thinking 1500-1750 for a 3 y.o. myself, maybe 2k if the machine's in really great condition, for 2.5k it would have to have very little use on it.

    As for the spindles, best I can tell you is don't run it in dirt yards, the grit from dust is what eats the bearings alive. I must've replaced these things once / year before I learned, now they seem to last forever (haven't replaced a set in just over 3 years). That, and grease them every day if they're the unsealed kind. Oh and if they're sealed, the dust still gets in them.
  10. Bingham Brothers

    Bingham Brothers LawnSite Member
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    When you talk about spindles are you talking about the part that holds the blades. What type of grease do you use?

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