Walk Behinds-Exmark Metro/Any Brand

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by LifeBack Lawns, May 4, 2013.

  1. LifeBack Lawns

    LifeBack Lawns LawnSite Member
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    I am new to walk behind deal. Strange I know, but I have only used ZTR's and push mowers. I recently picked one up (exmark metro) and now I feel like a trader! I have only ran Scag equipment and LOVE them. I have a 2012 52'' Tiger Cat with a 24hp Kawasaki currently, but found a steal on craigslist. I wanted one for many backyard gates where my 52'' couldn't fit, steep hills, between flower beds and mulch rings, rainy days, etc. I picked up a 36'' Exmark Metro with new gator blades and a 15hp Kohler Command pro(Cv15t).

    The guy said his friend left it as he moved out of state and didn't want to carry it. He is unsure of the problems and just wants it off his property. He was asking $125 for the condition. I offered less of course and he took it. I will post pics later when I am done with them project. It appears everything is good on the engine internally, but the lower crank seal is leaking. The motor is torn apart not and missing the starter recoil and the air cleaner. It is also missing the wheel drive belts, some decals and the front caster wheels have severe dry rot signs. I have priced everything and found the best deals on all of the items. I have the motor off and I am going to take a wire wheel to all the rusted areas (pulleys) and paint them a nice black. I will strip the paint from the mower (too much to touch up) and repaint it the as close to the red as possible. After that I will put new decals where they belong and sharpen the blades. I will change the spark plug, oil, oil filter, and air filter as well. A buddy gave me an engine (same Kohler 15hp) he took off his Scag 48'' that he no longer needed so that I can have this in the rotation while overhauling the other.

    Any advice, comments, questions, concerns, experience, etc. is fully welcome. I picked the mower up for $50 and may have to put $150 in it tops. Please any information you have or advice/tips on running a belt driven walk behind is awesome. Maybe a homemade striping kit or how this mower cuts and performs. I will continue to research and learn the machine, but in the mean time I h will be working on my "project." I have thought about fixing her up and selling it for a 36'' Scag on craigslist just because I feel like a trader, but time will tell. Maybe I will like this a lot after all the work that I won't want to sell it.

    Thanks guys. Have a great night and thank you for putting up with the babbling.
     
  2. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Why bother with decals?
     
  3. LifeBack Lawns

    LifeBack Lawns LawnSite Member
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    So it looks new and in great condition. Can't be mowing with something that looks like a piece of junk or something most have never heard.
     
  4. rickpilgrim

    rickpilgrim LawnSite Senior Member
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    I would not trade for a Scag unless it's a hydro, nothing wrong with exmark/Toro. Replace drive belts every season for reliability. Make sure the shift lever is at your knee height and practice shifting(with your knee). Mix a little Lucas oil stabilizer with the grease in the transmission, they shift better. Kohler is a good motor, maintain it well and it will last. Wear anti vibe gloves as single cylinders on walkbehinds viberate the handles.
    Forget sulkies, your hands will get a good workout and back down hills and drive up as it's more like reverse assist than reverse. Other than that, when set up right you have a good economical mower that will run cheap for yrs.
    I know I'll catch flack for the sulky thing but we have Hustler and Ferris DD walkbehinds and 2 landscaper supply belt drives and belt with sulky sucks when wet/hills/ backing up or with heavy operators.
     
  5. LifeBack Lawns

    LifeBack Lawns LawnSite Member
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    Thank you so much for the great advice and tips! I have no experience whatsoever and this is great news. Thanks Rick. I will have to take a look at the transmission being that you said to add the stabilizer with the grease. That has been a place I haven't checked out in the lubrication area as my hands have been full juggling yards sun up to sun down. Have a good night!
     
  6. rickpilgrim

    rickpilgrim LawnSite Senior Member
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    Your welcome. Should you find (and you will) that you like the walkbehind for gated areas vs/21" and want to upgrade try and find a hydro unit. By the way, Massey Ferguson red paint is really close to toro/exmark.
     
  7. CreativeLawncareSolutions

    CreativeLawncareSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
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    Best advice with a belt drive walk behind.....try not to have to go in reverse. What a pain.
     
  8. balms

    balms LawnSite Member
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    Tractor Supply sells equipment paint also. I have found that the IH harvester Red is a really good match. Seems to hold up well over time also. I used it on a similar refurb project and was pleased with the results.
     
  9. Toro 455

    Toro 455 LawnSite Member
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    I have that same mower for trimming too. Using it for trimming you probably wouldn't want a striping kit.
    But you could use an operator controlled discharge chute (OCDC). Or you'll be trimming one bed and shooting clippings into another bed.

    As for the rust, I'd recommend spraying some rust converter onto the metal before you paint. It'll stop the rust from popping back thru your paint. And it makes a good primer so your paint will stick better.

    The Exmark makes an excellent trim mower. It moves so much air it sucks the grass under the deck if you get close to them. It cuts down on the need for line trimming.
     
  10. LifeBack Lawns

    LifeBack Lawns LawnSite Member
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    Being that it will be more for trimming I thought the same about the stripe kit. I would like to save it for my Scag Tiger Cat instead. That is good news about less wit the trimmer. The OCDC, what do they typically go for in price? Rust converter, this should be in any hardware store in the paint department or should I look somewhere in particular? Thanks again all for the help-previous and the future.
     

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