Options on walk behind replacement

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by tayloro, Mar 24, 2012.

  1. tayloro

    tayloro LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    I am in a bit of a pickle. I have an exmark 36" metro whose Kohler engine just hit the grave today (4 year old engine on 5 y.o machine. Mowing/cleanups for me starts Monday (30sh residential houses, keeping my college debt minimal! ) and I am already behind with this nice weather/out of town last weekend.

    My options that I can think of would be (while searching for a new engine):
    Renting a mower (Unfortunately don't know if any available until Monday at 7:30
    Craigslist (Cub Cadet G1436 for $1100 - but all I read about Cub Cadets is poor)
    There was also a Gravely walk behind, 13 h honda engine for $750
    New mower (brand/model suggestions?)

    Question: What do you guys suggest? I figure the engine will cost $800sh, and I could possibly sell one back once I get the exmark replaced. Granted, I could just hold onto it so this doesn't happen again
  2. Lbilawncare

    Lbilawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,116

    If you can afford it, buy an inexpensive machine to use for now and have as backup later. The Gravely for $750 sounds fair. You should be able to buy a replacement 15hp for about 550ish. Good luck

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