Is this mower worth saveing?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Four C. Landscaping, Oct 9, 2004.

  1. Four C. Landscaping

    Four C. Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 76

    I was at our local dump and and found this little gem just sitting there ready to be trashed.It is a Ransoms Bob Cat 48" 12 1/2 HP.I couldest let that happen so I got some help and loaded it into my truck.After closer inspection at home I drained about a half gallon of orange water from the oil drain and more from the spark plug hole.The engine turns and has compression.I have a 36" Ransoms Bob Cat and it has a 12 1/2 Kawi. on it so my question is do I make the swap or rebuild the the 48" hoping the motor isn't to bad.
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  2. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    try to rebuild it with the engine on it, the 12 1/2 HP I feel would not be enough for the 48" cut
  3. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,967

    Let's see a picture if possible. If it's in reasonable shape, you could put an engine on it. Even if the deck is messed up it would make an awesome power spreader.
  4. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Messages: 3,010

    I think it is worth doing at least something with.

    you got a big ZERO $$$ in it right now and that gives you some room to play!

  5. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Underpowered IMO at 12.5...use at least a 15 hp engine (preferably 17 or 18). Good Luck with it.
  6. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Messages: 1,796

    Like already mentioned, you have zero in it. Just repalce motor with something bigger. As Tim Taylor says, "More power, OH,OH,OH!"
  7. Four C. Landscaping

    Four C. Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 76

    Here is a pic of the mower that I finally figured how to send.

  8. Brandyanna

    Brandyanna LawnSite Member
    Messages: 29

    No way would I throw good money after bad even though you haven't spent any yet. You have got to figure that whoever threw this away knew the WHOLE picture.
  9. Pecker

    Pecker LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,454

    It might be worth a shot if it had all its parts, but you'll spend more on parts alone than you would to get a decent used wb. That's where they get ya. The manufacturer wants you to buy a new one, not salvage a junker. But who knows, maybe it hasn't seen its day after all. GL
  10. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    If the engine had rusty water in it, there is a chance some one was cleaning up an estate and it had been sitting and just cleaned out a shed and got rid of everything. I have seen that here often, parents die and the kids come in maybe from another state or hours away and just load everything they dont want and away to the dumpster they go.
    I would invest in some marvel mystery oil and a fresh oil change and see what happens, the engine may not last long but you dont have anything in it so I would take a chance and see, might make a good winter project

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