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Should I Buy An Older Lawn Mower Made from 1970-88?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by OldLawnMowerMan81, Jun 3, 2008.


Should I Buy Another Old Lawn Mower (from 1970-88)?

Poll closed Sep 1, 2008.
  1. Yes

  2. No

  1. OldLawnMowerMan81

    OldLawnMowerMan81 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 66


    I would like to know whether or not I should buy another old walk-behind rotary lawn mower (those dating from 1970 to 1988 in production) in the near future?

    My anatomy of a mower from 1970-88 would be:
    *Briggs & Stratton 4-cycle engine (model series 92500, 94500, 92900, 93500, 94900, 95500, 90700, 91700, 96700, 110900, 111900, 113900, 114900, 110700, 111700 or 114700)
    *Rewind or vertical-pull (Pull & Go) start (I prefer the latter)
    *Trusted brands like Toro, Jacobsen, Sensation or Snapper
    *OPTIONAL - Blade brake clutch (on 1982 and later models)
    *OPTIONAL - Was this model rated the best consumer rotary lawn mower of the year by Consumer Reports magazine?

    Thank you,

  2. bigclawn

    bigclawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 413

    dumb question! if you are "working"--forget it but if you are"collecting"--maybe--
  3. 2 clowns mowing

    2 clowns mowing LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 566

    only if your a great mechanic
  4. billslawn89

    billslawn89 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,365

    i agree..if its going to be a collectors item
  5. LawnBrother

    LawnBrother LawnSite Senior Member
    from SW Ohio
    Messages: 867

  6. OldLawnMowerMan81

    OldLawnMowerMan81 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 66

    The reason I want to buy an oldie mower from the year bracket stated is because I don't like the mowers of today with the China-made engines.
  7. LawnBrother

    LawnBrother LawnSite Senior Member
    from SW Ohio
    Messages: 867

    I'm sorry, I just thought it was funny your name is Old LawnMowerMan, so you obviously like old lawnmowers, hahaha why are you asking us if you should buy one?
  8. jkason

    jkason LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 546

    Then don't buy an MTD.
    All the others you mentioned, the engines are made here, in the USA. Even some of the Kawis and Hondas are made here.

    And parts for those old vertical-pull starters are N/L/A.

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    unless you know how to fix things real well i wouldnt buy an old mower
  10. Tim03

    Tim03 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 164

    Can you get parts for it when it breaks down?

    I have a 1994 Chevy Cavalier I drive around but if I need to replace the fuel line its basically dead. The shop I get it serviced at can't order a new fuel line and will not install anything but a OEM fuel line.

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