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Hydros on Great Dane Scamper

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by genesis215, May 3, 2008.

  1. genesis215

    genesis215 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 795

    I just bought a Great Dane walk-behind, and it has what are called "integrated hydros". The hydro and wheel motor are in one unit. Are these really troublesome? Poorly made? Should I sell the mower right away to avoid problems? Anyway, I thought I had heard about these being very bad. If anyone has knowledge or experience with these, any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

    MANOFSTIHL LawnSite Member
    Messages: 57

    The Scamper is a good mower, the Champ was the bad one:dizzy:
  3. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,442

    If they aren't any good everybody is in trouble because they are widely used. The problem at this point is whether they can be repaired or if it is a throwaway. If they have to be replaced they could be pricey...find out what it would cost before you sell.
  4. genesis215

    genesis215 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 795

    The man I bought it from has maintained it very well, and both the engine and hydros are performing very well. He has not had any decrease in the performance of either, and has owned it since fall of 2006. The hydro fluid was changed in the middle of last year. It is around a 2000-2002 model year. Would that be the Champ or the Scamper? Is it the concensus of everyone that these hydros are not really that bad, and should be long lasting with good maitenance? Any more thoughts would be welcomed.

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