For LCO Veterans...Longest lasting walk behind?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bwanderson79, Sep 17, 2012.

  1. bwanderson79

    bwanderson79 LawnSite Member
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    For those on this forum who've been in business for at 3 years: what is the longest lasting walk behind you've owned or still currently own with most of the original parts still on it? Brand name, size, and approximate hours.
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  2. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Knoxville, Tn
    Messages: 4,376

    2004 Exmark Turf Tracer, 23 hp Kawi with original engine, hydro pumps. Approx. 4800 hours.
  3. Hawkshot99

    Hawkshot99 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Exmark Viking. 15HP Kawi. 8 years old and around 2200 hrs.

    All I have ever replaced is blades, and Im on my second deck belt.

    From what I see others using, the most popular "old" mower out there is belt driven Scags.
  4. lawnkingforever

    lawnkingforever LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have an older ferris that was my primary up to a couple years ago. Very reliable mower, no hour meter but it has plenty of time on her.
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  5. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
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    1996 Deere gs25 gear 36" walk behind. Original motor, wheels, front tires, tranny, even the spindles. Would guess it has about 4000 hours
  6. TriCountyLawn

    TriCountyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,517

    Probably hard to beat the old belt drive toro's, scags and bobcats.
  7. ddixon7

    ddixon7 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    Exmark Turf Tracer 60" 5000+ on original 23 Kohler Command. Replaced both hydros and wheel motors, engine, and all belts and pulleys at same time. Up until then, nothing but belts, tires, and clutches. If you maintain it, it will last as long as you need it to last.

    Encore 36" 20 years old. Everything original. Probably 3-5k hours. Its hard to tell. Toro Recyclers from the 80s with the Suzuki 2 strokes. Probably a couple thousand a piece. Had one sit in the corner of the shop for 6 years untouched. Put gas it her and she started with 1, yes, 1 pull! Best little engines ever made in my opinion.
  8. vtlawncarepro

    vtlawncarepro LawnSite Member
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    1996 scag sw 48 with 14 hp kohler command pro 7623 hours on the meter my dad had installed the day it was new he passed it on to me and i love it, only belts,tires, one spindle went, all the safety switches and as of today the clutch went, motors all original however it blows the exhaust gasket every 150 hours or soo and gives a lil puff of smoke when you start it other that that amazing beats my hydro toro i had in cut and life span.......
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  9. Scagguy

    Scagguy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    2008 36" Turf Tracer 15 hp Kawi. 4100+ hours nothing done but maintenance stuff and 1 spindle.
  10. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
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    1993 toro 32 t bar-org engine deck and spindle. est 20,000 hrs as its my main mower. i bougbt a new one in 2004 but seldom take it out . love the old one. main trouble point has been the elect clutch- on my 3rd one. toro quality is hard to beat in wb,s

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