Grasshopper 718K help!

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by Isenberg Lawn Care, Dec 12, 2012.

  1. Isenberg Lawn Care

    Isenberg Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 61

    Have the opportunity to get a Grasshopper 718K for very cheap if not free. I agree with most that free is a good thing. Usually.

    Grasshopper Front mount deck
    Model 718K
    Serial 305162

    Has a new engine on it, but I was told the rest of it may be slightly worn out. I was looking it over and noticed right away the lack of tension the blade deck belt had...then found a broke spring for tensioner (easy fix). The body and frame is in good shape. Only thing that I think could need replaced eventually is a hydro pump which is an expensive unit, but I have someone I found that could get me a good deal on parts. So besides replacing fluids, filters, belts, and worst case scenario a pump, I think Id be ahead of the game to get me a good piece of equipment and fix up without aquiring debt.

    Now hoping anyone can throw any info at me, dont know much about this model. Definately interested to know what speeds it is capable of going. It is an older model, believe it is from 1993. Any help is appreciated! Pic will be soon if it loads for me.

    Grasshopper 718K.jpg
  2. Isenberg Lawn Care

    Isenberg Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 61

    Has 450 hours on it, but less than 25 on engine
  3. retrodog

    retrodog LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,429

    I dont think thats very old. Second digit in serial is the year model, but in the 90's it was letters. That should be a 2000 model. Very little hours, i would ask when tbe last time the hydros were serviced and i highly recommend servicing (only use grasshopper fluid and filter not a big fan of making people do this, but for the grasshoppers its mandatory oil and filters are designed for hydros, aftermarket are different).
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