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JD 7H17 hydro WB

giantsean

LawnSite Member
Hi All,

Was in the market for a hydro WB and found this one come up on FB Marketplace for $1200 obo. Probably a 2004 model, 17hp Kawa, floods but probably needs a carb service, no hour meter, no sulky (I know you need a bracket kit for one), with a grass catcher. Looks pretty clean overall but from online experiences, one either loves or hates them. Parts seem a little on the expensive side but are they still available? Any overall impressions or thoughts on this model and the deal? Do they age well?

Thx!

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CrumbaughJ

LawnSite Member
Location
Waterloo, IA
Hi All,

Was in the market for a hydro WB and found this one come up on FB Marketplace for $1200 obo. Probably a 2004 model, 17hp Kawa, floods but probably needs a carb service, no hour meter, no sulky (I know you need a bracket kit for one), with a grass catcher. Looks pretty clean overall but from online experiences, one either loves or hates them. Parts seem a little on the expensive side but are they still available? Any overall impressions or thoughts on this model and the deal? Do they age well?

Thx!

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I rebuilt and sold one last winter for $1,600. I found it to be a very solid machine, built like a tank. I would say it was even built stronger than the current John Deere walk behinds. I needed quite a few parts for mine and did not run into any issues on availability. The online parts catalog was very handy. Mine also had a hour meter so I expect this one should. I didn't want to pay the high price for the hitch bracket so I made my own with angle iron and square pipe clamps for a very reasonable cost. Good luck, whichever way you decide to go.
 
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