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36" Lesco - Craigslist score!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by yardatwork, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. yardatwork

    yardatwork LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 651

    I scored a 36" Lesco walk behind today for $450. Starts on the first pull, runs good, blades work, etc. Called the guy yesterday 10 minutes after he posted it. He was asking $500, came down $50 over the phone, and held it for me until I could get it today. He said his phone hasn't stopped ringing. Only bad thing...it's stuck in 3rd gear. I think something hit into the back of it and broke the gear shifter off, that in turn jammed the gear box and broke something inside. Should be an easy fix though. I'm going to take the tranny apart and see what's going on inside. If it can't be fixed...3rd gear is fast enough to mow!
  2. yardatwork

    yardatwork LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 651

    PS...anyone know anything about the transmission on these? It's a Tecumseh #3628-P1, Peerless 6268 4894. Those are the only numbers I can get from the tranny. The transmission has a plug on the top. I believe the plug/wiring just runs to the safety switch shut off.
  3. VnDrWLawnCare

    VnDrWLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 208

    Little off topic, but can you measure and tell me what the overall width of the Lesco 36" is, with the shoot up.

    I appreciate your help.

  4. 944own

    944own LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,178

    Just FYI before someone chimes in and says good luck finding parts for a lesco. These mowers were made by cub cadet so basically you have a 36 belt drive cub mower painted green. I have a 32 and a ztr lesco and get all my parts at the cub cadet dealer. The ztr is the cub tank.
  5. LawnTamer

    LawnTamer LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,986

    You will want reverse, if not 4th and 5th gear. Worst case scenario, those peerless trannies were put on just about every walk behind around, so despite Tecumseh going under, they can still be found easily. I bought a brand new warrantied one just last summer for $200.
  6. yardatwork

    yardatwork LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 651

    Very true...I looked up the Peerless # 700-022 to find my tranny parts. It's one of the more rare Peerless trannys, but still wasn't hard to find. The only thing I can't find...is their touch up paint!
  7. txgrassguy

    txgrassguy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,083

    The one thing no one touched upon when working on peerless transmissions are they are aluminum.
    As such, unless you are a very capable mechanic, avoid the use of air tools when dis-assembly/re-assembly of the transmission.
    Once you open it up the most likely scenario is the shifting fork has be sprung from it's 'floating' position and jammed down in between the gear sprogs. The case comes apart easily enough if you want to take it that far but you should have enough clearance to remove the top case without removing the entire transmission.
    Also, never - ever - shift on the fly, it will tear that tranny up faster than the 'bama man destroying the national economy. Always engage the clutch fist and 'walk' the gear lever and never force it.
    Look on the rear of the frame below where the transmission is located, if you see several bolt holes and worn paint the chances are a sulky was once on the mower = a trashed tranny = a new one is needed.
  8. yardatwork

    yardatwork LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 651

    It measures 37 1/4...
  9. VnDrWLawnCare

    VnDrWLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 208

    Thanks. That will help alot.
  10. Knight511

    Knight511 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 207

    Nice score! If touch up paint is your biggest worry.... worry no more!!! Perfect paint for a $450 Craigslist find...


    Or you can splurge and get Rustoleum.

    Nice find though for sure!

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