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Rolling back ZTR hours - how easy

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by marcusmac99, May 19, 2017.

  1. marcusmac99

    marcusmac99 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 350

    I am looking at a few mowers to add to our team. I see some saying they have less than 300 hrs, but the mower itself looks like its been used quite a bit. How difficult is it to roll back the hour gauge in order to defraud someone?

    Besides asking for the maintenance records, which should note the hours when serviced, any way to tell if the hours meter has been rolled back?

    Thanks.
     
  2. dieselss

    dieselss LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,026

    Can't roll them back, can replace them, or unplug them tho
     
  3. Rockbridge Lawn Care LLC

    Rockbridge Lawn Care LLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 441

    yea they probably replaced the meter or unplugged it for a period of time. Most of the meters are electronic so they don't have a cable to get hooked to a drill to "reverse" the reading;)

    or they went over 9999 hour and rolled around to 10300 but the "1" isn't displayed due to the digital text limitations on the meter's output.

    Or the 300 hours it went through hell and back again:confused:
     
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  4. rippinryno

    rippinryno LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 903

    hour meters can be easily replaced so it's hard to say for certain at any point. I would focus on the machine, the price tag, and how everything looks and runs and operates.
     
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  5. Brules

    Brules LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Oklahoma
    Messages: 954

    Put it on a jack stand and run it in reverse? :)

     
  6. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,866

    with 300hrs the mower should still look almost perfect. if it doesn't it was abused and don't buy it.
     
  7. zraffz

    zraffz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 176

    I base my purchases more so off the condition of the machine. The hour meter is a nice reference but I've seen some nasty low hour machines and some very nice high hour machines.
     
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