Buying a gear walk-behind at an auction

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Lawnworks, Feb 17, 2000.

  1. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
    from usa
    Messages: 5,401

    In Perry, GA next Saturday, there is an auction of many assorted mowing equipment. I am thinking about bidding on a mower. However, I am well aware of the risk I take of buying crap. How expensive are gear walk-behind's transmissions to replace or rebuild? I am thinking of bidding only $500. That way it would leave me some slack if something went wrong. Am I right when I say the only expensive parts to a walk-behind are the transmission and the engine? I think the one I want is an Encore 36&quot; to fit in gates that my 48&quot; Encore rider cannot. Any help would be appreciated.<p>Rick Wallace
  2. A complete peerless transmission is $180<br>at landscapers supply.<p>Or you could buy a brand new 32&quot; encore<br>at for $1100.
  3. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,979

    Rick, the engine and trans may be the most expensive single items, but if the entire machine is worn you will have to dump a pile of $ into it. If you get one that needs a couple of pulleys, casters, yokes, spindles and tires, you may get in deeper than expected. Get prices on these parts before you go to the auction so you know what you are dealing with.
  4. lawngator

    lawngator LawnSite Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 78

    I have an older encore 48 that I use as a back-up machine. The wheel belts alone cost me almost $100. A lot of older encores have special made parts that are difficult to obtain. Also, check the deck assy and the spindles. They had some problems in that area as well. If you're only going to use this machine a couple of hours a week, fine, but if you plan on more than that, get yourself a new one. 36&quot; WB's (gear) go from $2000 to $2800.
  5. Pro parts have all the common replacement parts needed for encores.<p>Drive belts are $25.95@ with free shipping<br>with a order of $150 or more.

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