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My experience with Bad Boy Mowers

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by colehog, May 31, 2011.

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  1. ddixonlawncare

    ddixonlawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    I used to have one like yours, 2006 28hp cat 60inch cut. I had bearing problems on mine as well. I also had switch problems with the deck height just like you do. I had to replace all of my spindle bearings by 300 hours. I also had my hydraulic lines blow off quite often as well. You will want to keep your radiator washed out with a pressure washer or your going to have over heating problems. I many other problems as well and i finally sold mine at the end of last year. The engine was very strong but unfortunately the rest of the mower was not. I have had much better luck with my lightning.

    Good Luck!
  2. kb9nvh

    kb9nvh LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 602

    My lightning has been nearly flawless and I love it for the price. I've read here of one other guy having some issues with the badboy AOSr. My lightning is built like a tank..hard to believe any of their commerical machines would have weak frames or decks. The deck jack can bind if you run it all the way up. What deck bearing..you mean one of the three blade spindles? I do think BB may not screen thier parts as well as other brands. (I had a belt tension spring break after 1 year replaced free quickly) That said, I'm still mowing with my BB long past the time my SCAG tiger cub burst into flames in mid mow.
  3. smithfabinc

    smithfabinc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 215

    We bought a bad boy aos 28cat diesel three weeks ago and have had nothing but problems. Park brake wont hold, water temp guage doesnt work, idler pulley for pump belt severely misaligned so its eating belts, cut quality SUCKS in tall fescue, and throws major clumps unless its "drought" dry, and now the fuel guage leaks diesel fuel all over the tank and tire. Took it back to the dealership, and they were going to grind inside the drum of the park brake to "roughen it up"....lol...&*%$#@! idiots! Then called Bad boy factory only to get the run around and be told that a "sales rep" would be out after labor day to look at it.. Thats 4 weeks from now! Wondering if anyone ealse is having issue like this?:confused: so far, all I can say is I cant depend on the mower, the factory, or the pathetic dealer i bought it from.
  4. nepatsfan

    nepatsfan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,142

    Subscribing for the time being....bad press about bad boy doesn't last on here.

    I really want to hear more though.
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2011
  5. fier23

    fier23 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 63

    My lightning is still going strong(knock on wood). It must be the AOS platform. I haven't heard anything bad about the 35hp cat but with the standard gas AOS and 28hp cat I've heard numerous complaints. It's too bad cause those cat machines are a beast.
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  6. StanWilhite

    StanWilhite LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,352

    I'm like you, I have a Lightning, and as heavily as they're built, it's hard to believe that the frames could fail. I think that all but one of the few frame problems I have heard of have been on the 28 Cat, and they do seem to vibrate more than any of the other engines used by BB.

    I remember someone bringing up the frames on Lightnings and I thought
    " man you apparently have never seen a frame on a Lightning or AOS in person or you wouldn't be questioning how heavy they are".

    I put mine in the shop for the first time last Monday because I too had an idler pulley that was out of alignment and it would occasionally throw the belt.
    That issue and the fact that it came from the factory with an EXTREMELY lean air/fuel mixture have been my only problems (knock on wood). It's now out of warranty so I'm hoping my luck holds out.

    In the end, machines are machines and you're going to run into a problem here and there no matter what name it carries or how much you paid for it.

    So far, in my case, I'm happy with what I got for the money I spent. It's going to be interesting to see how BB does in the long run, and who will be saying "I told you so" to the question of whether or not they turn out to be a good value in the long run.

    When it comes to buying equipment it's a crap shoot. WE ALL PAYS OUR MONEY AND WE ROLLS THE DICE!!!!!! :)
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2011
  7. h2oskier

    h2oskier LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 601

    Welcome to bad boy mowers where your pain is our gain, thank you for your contributions.
  8. smithfabinc

    smithfabinc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 215

    give me a call anytime....lol. Id love to tell you about how this problem is going.......... 704 640 9553. I got the run-around at the factory again today, same as always. Its a real shame that they handle their business like that.
  9. smithfabinc

    smithfabinc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 215

    Im starting to believe that!..... Its a real shame, they say they will call you back, they never do, and I was told they will come look at it in 4 weeks.... what a joke, Im in NC, not hong kong.
  10. Jimslawncareservice

    Jimslawncareservice LawnSite Platinum Member
    from mn
    Messages: 4,143

    Dealers suck around here
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