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older equipment in use? most hours?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MikeLT1Z28, Jul 9, 2002.

  1. MikeLT1Z28

    MikeLT1Z28 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,732

    inquiring minds want to know... who's got the oldest piece of daily used equipment or the most hours on their stuff.
  2. HarryD

    HarryD LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,068

    ive got a old gear drive bunton 36" ive had since 1981 and it was used when i got it . had a old 12 brigs on it that was blown put the 12 kaw on it and its been rolling weekly ever since . about the only thing ive done to it is put belts and tires on it . I can put in some real nice stripes with that old dog :D

    back then about the only other WB out were toro and keys and those heavy as green machine weed wackers

    when i first started mowing out of school in 1978 this guy had some old commercial weed wackers that had 3 horse briggs on them with a curved shaft :eek: you needed a boy and a man to carry that dog around all day
  3. AL Inc

    AL Inc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,209

    1993 Bobcat 36". I bought the machine used in 1995, and it was used daily until this year. I believe it has the original motor, but I've replaced belts, spindles, etc over the years. Still good as a back-up. I also have a Lawnboy 21" that I've been told is from the late 60's early 70's. It was given to me by an elderly customer who was meticulous about maintaining it. We don't use the machine much, maybe twice a day, but the thing runs great. I've only had to replace the plastic wheels with the steel ones from the commercial Lawnboys.Mike
  4. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 4,720

    Bought a used Grasshopper 721D last year. It is a 1995 model with 3001 hrs on it. Never had any work done to engine and it runs and mows great.
    Also have a 1954 Huffy ,18" push mower that still is used a few times a year. Hours unknown. It has had one engine rebuild.:D
  5. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,943

    My first string trimmer experience was in the late 70's. It was a weed wacker attachment for Poulan chainsaws. This was on my Dads Heavy (no plastic on these babies) 18" Poulan (back when they made GOOD stuff) chain saw. You took off the bar, and inserted this adapter that had a curved shaft with a weed wacker head on it. Very powerful, but you only got about 5 minutes out of it before it vibrated you hands off! You had to use the neck strap on this one!!!

    As for most hours....

    Some will never know, as most of your earlier equipment didn't come with hour meters (some still doesn't!) I'm sure that theres many mowers in the 5 digits on their "invisible" hour meters. Many engines, many spindles, many belts, and many tires.

    Oh, yeah, and many gallons of grease!!
  6. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Messages: 4,739

    Let's see here...
    1993 Wheel Horse 520H garden tractor - 905 hrs - only replaced blades, one belt, points and condenser and cleaned carb.
    1987-89 Toro rear engine rider - estimated 800? hrs, - replaced piston rings (should've been bored too but works fine like it is), belts, blade.
    1974 Toro 21" self propelled front wheel drive side discharge mower, 3.5hp? B&S vertical rope start engine, I don't think anything major has been done to it but it starts on first pull.
    1982 Toro 21" self propelled rear wheel drive rear bagging mower, 4hp Tecumseh electric start, converted to rope start (I did that) because the battery is too expensive to replace, replaced ignition module and put on a different carburetor (which needs rebuilt) but it starts on first pull (sometimes second). It's in like new condition.
    1964 Bush Hog V3-6 garden tractor, estimated 2000 hrs? on original parts of it, all belts have been replaced, it's on the third engine (first was locked up when gramps got it used in '78 he put on a used motor and last year i rebuilt another motor for it). Rear axle bearings have been replaced, some bolts and nuts due to various reasons, steering rod end joint, all tires, many other misc. parts, I painted it last year, so much has been done to it that I can't even list so I say it's been restored. Not to like new factory specs but it's restored to good working condition. Transmission is dying on me slowly too but works fine, just is kinda picky.
    Old Craftsman rear tine SP tiller, 16" wide, 3.5hp Tecumseh, one pull machine, strong motor, only replaced the belt. Don't know the year but it's an 80's?
    Oh yea and a 2002 New Stihl FS80 R straight shaft string trimmer, less than 1 1/2 hours! :D
    That's bout it....
  7. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,622

    Used Daily: Scag 61" hydro rider, 2800 hours....

    OBRYANMAINT LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 555

    94 walker with a 20 horse motor...........4800 hours on the meter, which i think is the only original piece

    used daily

    ADLAWNCUTTERS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 191

  10. 94' Toro Groundsmaster 580-D with 5,755 hours.
    Like BushHogBoys' tractor, it's practically a restoration.
    I bought it 6-5-01 with about 5,000 hours on it for $9,500.
    The rebuild cost $7,780 and included rebuilding wheel motors, new deck lift cylinder, etc. for 6 pages!
    I was worried about the engine. It's a Mitsubishi 80 hp turbo diesel. The head mechanic explained that was a truck engine. That I was no way near the life expectancy of this engine.
    Cool...I love diesels.:D


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