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Oldies but Goodies --what still works

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by turfmagazine, Mar 9, 2005.

  1. turfmagazine

    turfmagazine LawnSite Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 95

    Jim Kendrick @ TURF Magazine here ...

    A reader just suggested we do a column of folks experience with equipment after it's gone through the wringer and back ...and keeps on ticking.

    Like ... I know I've cut at least 1,000 cords of firewood (here in Vermont) with my 18-year-old Stihl chain saw. Still starts. Still cuts great.

    What cha got on that topic?
  2. TClawn

    TClawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,036

    I have an old honda hrc 216 that just keeps going, and going. I did not have it the whole time, but I have had it for about a year, the guy said it was 7 years old. so it's eight now.

    I also have friend that has a T27 trimmer. still cuts great and starts on the first pull.
  3. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Former Moderator
    Messages: 6,073

    Stihl FS85 Trimmers, thousands of hours on them. Those trimmers sure have seen some good workouts, and they just keep running and running.....
  4. vipermanz

    vipermanz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,773

    2-stroke lawnboy's, i have an 85' model that outpowers the new machines
  5. gqnine44

    gqnine44 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 502

    I have a John Deere Chainsaw that used to be my dad's, made in the late 70's. Still runs great...it has sure cut a lot of wood.
  6. DennisF

    DennisF LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 1,381

    Stihl FS-85 trimmer that just won't quit. It must have 3,000 hours on it. Also a Stihl BR-400 backpack blower that refuses to die. Plenty of hours on that one as well.
  7. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    I got one for ya Jim...it's me. Just like the Eveready bunny.
  8. Eddie B

    Eddie B LawnSite Senior Member
    from gone
    Messages: 859

    My Snapper 28" riding mower just keeps running and running and running... It's seen 8 years of residential use cutting about an acre a week, and the past 3 years it's been used commercially, and has seen 15+ hours a week.
    Every year it usually needs
    1 belt:$15
    3-4 new blades:$15 (Damage from rocks, sticks, etc)
    4-5 clutches:$13
    Along with regular greasing/oil changes
    It just keeps running. I want to get a smaller walk-behind, might even look into this new exmark 26", but this thing just keeps running, and its fun to drive.
  9. BMFD92

    BMFD92 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 694

    I have a 1989 Bobcat gear drive walk-behind that can still cut right with the latest mowers
  10. jaybird

    jaybird LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 272

    we have a 1984 john-deere tractor named bobby.

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