Exmark 2nd hand (tire kicking) buying advice

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by schmudge, Jan 1, 2014.

  1. schmudge

    schmudge LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    Need advice on what I need to be aware of when I go and see a 1996 Exmark with 25hp Kohler and 60" side shoot deck?, hours unknown. seems to have been on a private section all its life. Been told its done a days work on the newly recond engine, single owner (has all service papers since new) and is up to100%condition ... hmmm? that I doubt.
    Ok so it's OLD but I need to know what to check and what are tell-tail signs to be aware of.
    It seems to have been well looked after for its age.
    Any professional wisdom advice and hind sight appreciated
  2. Dream Green irrigation

    Dream Green irrigation LawnSite Member
    Messages: 56

    Hours unkown.....How much are they asking?
  3. Vecchio Lawn Care

    Vecchio Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 905

    Hydro pumps must be strong. Drive the machine
  4. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Knoxville, Tn
    Messages: 4,811

    Although there are things you can check the best bet might be to take it to an Exmark dealer and spend a few $ getting it checked out.
  5. schmudge

    schmudge LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    price doesnt mean much as it maybe hot or they maybe dreaming. anyway first time listings are usually way over priced, thats why I need help to determine if there could be a hidden problem I won't know to look for, thats why I am asking for tips on summarizing its condition on the spot. Plus theres nothing around here to judge it against (I've never seen one advertised b4 now) and the main mowers here are Walker.

    Hydro pumps ! whats the first signs thats there a problem with these?

    I have a IR temp gun to test left side with right side bearings etc, can the Hydro pumps be tested in this way.
    testing it will be constrained to the terrain they live on. I doubt if they have a test track lawn like we have lol, I just hope it has a steep hill and a flat runway
    Anyone got ideas of a test check list I can down load? that could be a help.
  6. schmudge

    schmudge LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    Seen one on ebay called 2000 EXMARK LAZER Z ZERO TURN MOWER. 26HP KOHLER EFI. 60" MOWER. READY TO MOW! and is approx the same price but the one I am looking at buying is in a condition approx 1/2 between this one and a new one going by just looks.
  7. Vecchio Lawn Care

    Vecchio Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 905

    Hydro Pumps: take the machine up hills and listen for the hydros to whine more than usual. Make sure that one side is slower or faster than the other and make sure it is close to the manufactured top speed.

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