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I'm going to an equipment auction tomarrow. I would like to here any tips anyone might have for me as this is my first one. I went and looked over the equipment I need today.

Also anybody know a easy quick way to unfreeze a choke? It is about 25 degrees today here in lovely MI. It is supposed to be in the mid 40's tomarrow though. I couln't get a damb thing started today. Every single choke was forzen. I'm looking at exmark TT's and toro z-master's.

Anybody care to share?



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Had the same problem with my Turf Tiger last year its a kawi engine, we loosened the cable on the engine, and physically tried to pull the cable. That should work, also might try a heat lamp on the cable or blow hot air on it?
Just a couple of ideas if you can, good luck with the auction too, buyer beware. They sometimes have nice things at those things for good prices.
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Originally posted by JBLAWN
Don't be waving at any friends across the sale ring.
That's a good one. That was the first thing dad told me when I talked to him this afternoon:D
 

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Originally posted by CamLand
were is the auction at?
Hmm...I think this is called shooting your self in the foot. But the auction is in hudsonville, michigan. There is another one april 17th I think in the detroit area.
 

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One thing I noticed was every mower there had almost the exact same hours on them. All different year and models but the hour's on all them were between 1100 and 1600. Seamed a little suspicious to me.

Also would a glass of warm water help unfreezing the choke? I only have one hour to check everything tomarrow. No way I'm buying a mower if I can't even here it run. The weather couldn't have been worse today.
 

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HMMMM I was at the same auction last fall (they have 1 in fall and 1 in spring) Everything was eithered last fall!! All I can say is bring your check book everything went pretty high last fall. Heres a little secrect watch who is standing near the auctioneer when the item is being auctioned off they ussually own it and if it does'nt bring what they want it to they pay $50.00 and they take it back home. But atleast you might find out whos stuff it is that way. Well good luck I will be there but Im not looking for mowers
 

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Owners of equipment (or their friends) will run their equipment up to what the owner wants to get out of it. York Springs auctions are like that. Also, beware of ANY equipment that was repainted, no matter how nice it looks......I saw a B-21 with 900 hrs on it at Y.S. auction last year, all the bushings for the loader, hoe, bucket, etc. were shot. It looked good though. Beside it was another B-21 with about 1500 hrs on it, didn't look the greatest, but it worked perfect. 1 more thing, and if you don't listen to ANYTHING I have said before this, Listen To This......ALWAYS, ALWAYS TRY BEFORE YOU BUY!!!!! Take the machine out in a field and use it, don't go easy, and don't roll it over, but use it.

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Originally posted by Meadowbrook
1 more thing, and if you don't listen to ANYTHING I have said before this, Listen To This......ALWAYS, ALWAYS TRY BEFORE YOU BUY!!!!! Take the machine out in a field and use it, don't go easy, and don't roll it over, but use it.

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A big 10-4 on that one! If I don't get a chance tomarrow morning to run any of the equipment then I'm not biding.

The trailer will be easy to bid on but I'm soooooooo nervous about bidding on the mowers.

Thanks for the tips so far guys. Keep em coming!
 

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If you have a cordless spotlight or something like that, that puts off some heat then take that with you and shine it on the cable close to the choke knob. it may take a few minutes but it has always worked for me.
 

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I buy a large amount of my stuff at auction sales. I just got back from delivering a van toa sale, I bought it 2 weeks ago at another sale. I have a load of stuff ready for the big spring sale. I buy stuff off season and sell it in the spring for close to top dollar. I try to keep a bunch of equipment around and use it for back up if needed until I sell it. I go to a sale pretty well every week. Here is one of my recent purchases.

Wheel Tire Fuel tank Vehicle Automotive lighting
 

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A word of caution, when I worked for the school system stuff only went to auction when it would cost more to reapir than it was worth, stay away from anything ex-municipal !!! Our Kubota 2600 had all the bottom end bearings going out on it and every 50 hours it knocked like a son of a gun until we put fresh oil in. They painted it, including the cracked belts and hosesand put a used seat on, put armorall on very cracked turf tires and sold it to some poor slob. A few years latter they did the same thing with our Deere tractor. Even if you ran them for a few minutes they wouldn't start making noise right away. Auctions usually have a "as is" and " all sales are final" clause as well. Take a small engine mechanic with you that is familar with the brand of equip you are looking at and don't get carried away biddiing.
 
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