Homeowner ZTR, Tractor and mower discussion thread

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by Capemay Eagle, Apr 1, 2011.

  1. terceslil

    terceslil LawnSite Member
    Messages: 51

    Supposed to be picking up a 2005 Exmark 48" w/15hp Kawasaki tomorrow. The transmission was replaced with a new transmission. Wasn't used for commercial use. It was used on a residential lot. Hopefully all goes well. Will probably post pics.
     
  2. damnfingers

    damnfingers LawnSite Member
    Messages: 56

    I'm sure you'll enjoy it...I love my 2010 Exmark.
     
  3. Capemay Eagle

    Capemay Eagle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,752

    Great machine! Should be very happy with it. That machine will leave a nice stripe too!
     
  4. terceslil

    terceslil LawnSite Member
    Messages: 51

    I picked the mower up after a brief demonstration that the mower runs, got it home and cut the back of my yard (about 1/2 an acre) and it seemed to run okay other than bogging down in thicker patches of the yard. I went to cut the front yard (about half an acre) and it seemed to just lose power. I raised the blade, dropped down to first gear, and still the mower struggles. I checked the oil and it was low so I added oil. I called and left a message to the Craigslist seller and told him that the mower just isn't running the same as when I saw it run at his house.

    The Craigslist ad reads:

    05 walk behind with 48" deck and velky new paint runs great just put and new tranny in it needs a $15 drive

    When I was at his house, I saw some smoke and he said that in the winter he puts a little diesel in the gas and that the smoke was the diesel burning off. He also said that it needs an air filter. Could an air filter cause problems like this?

    Bring it back or bring it to the shop????
     
  5. damnfingers

    damnfingers LawnSite Member
    Messages: 56

    Have the seller come see what it's doing and either offer to fix it or take it back.
     
  6. IS500Z

    IS500Z LawnSite Member
    Messages: 246

    +1

    This is a six year old commercial-grade mower which was used on a residential lot. You should ask the seller why the transmission needed to be replaced in, what was implied to be, moderate use. Hope it works out for you without a lot of grief.
     
  7. eatonpcat

    eatonpcat LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,636

    I was going to say the same thing??
     
  8. terceslil

    terceslil LawnSite Member
    Messages: 51

    Still no call back from the seller. Doesn't look good.
     
  9. Capemay Eagle

    Capemay Eagle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,752

    Yep, does not sound good and there is nothing you can do either so just going to have to fix it! Have you done any maintenance yet? First I would drain the gas and change the plug. I would change the fuel filter and air filter! Start with the easy stuff first! I have never heard of diesel in the fuel for the winter, that does not mean that it cannot be done or is common, but I would get that fuel out of there ASAP! Another question is yes to the bad air filter! A clogged air filter can suffocate an engine!
     
  10. IS500Z

    IS500Z LawnSite Member
    Messages: 246

    You do have recourse if the seller does not respond to you. Depending on what the add actually stated, misrepresentation of a product can be grounds to terminate the contract. If you think you want your money back I would stop sending emails and send a certified letter to the seller documenting what you have found and what remediation you expect. Give the seller 10-14 days to respond. If you do not get a response pay a lawyer to write a follow up letter for you. If you still do not get any response you will have to make a decision on whether you want to proceed to court. Depending on the amount you spent, you may be able to pursue this in small claims court. Hopefully none of that will be needed and you will hear back from the seller.
     

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