Trimstar Repair or Retire?

Discussion in 'Hustler Turf Equip (Archived)' started by timgren, Jul 3, 2013.

  1. timgren

    timgren LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    Hello folks.
    I recently picked up a Hustler Trimstar (or pre-trimstar?) from a farm auction. My wife calls it "the beast", and thinks im crazy. (nothing new). The unit is in ROUGH condition, but have been wanting something like this for a while to cut my own property. After getting it home and giving it a good look, I'm starting to wonder if this was a wise purchase. I'm torn if I should invest the time/money is bring it back to life again or just part it out. I only paid $200 for it. My interest is about having a working mower that can produce a professional cut, not making money. But there are limits of course. I can't afford a new one.

    The unit has a 48" deck, and a Kohler CV624S engine (225 hours) + a sulky. No idea of it's age. The engine cranks when carb cleaner is shot down the intake but dies after a few seconds. This is what gave me hope. What's VERY clear is the original owner was not fond of maintaining his equipment. I was planning to do an engine overhaul this weekend, but now wondering if it will quickly become a money pit.

    - The air cleaner (hd type) is glued shut. (apparently he broke the retainer clips and solved the problem with RTV sealant)
    - Fuel filter removed and bypassed. Fuel lines are shot.
    - Has oil cooling unit, but fins are clogged with grim and not sure if oil flows.
    - Operator presence system bypassed. (wires cut)
    - No Battery
    - Unit starts to move in reverse when h-bar is locked in neutral (tells me the hydro's are working, but needs adjustment)
    - Probably sat for 3-4 years with gas in it.
    - road tar would best describe the oil condition. Looks like an original oil filter.
    - Blades are.. undescribable. Looks like he tried to cut stones with it.
    - No covers for deck.
    - Side Discharge flapper is bent/cracked, but could be re-welded.
    - 1 flat drive tire, 1 flat guide tire
    - Belts look good
    - Idlers are questionable. hand turned only, but the bearings arent smooth turning.
    - Blade bearings seem ok.
    - No oil or hydro leaks that I can tell.
    - Hydro oil tank is full, oil is clean, but not sure if the oil is the correct type.
    - Sulky is in good shape.

    So - what do you think? Worthy of repair? I'm not afraid to invest money in it if I can get some long-term value out of it, or at least recover my "investment" on the resale market.

    I currently use a Kabota B7500 with a mid-deck which runs great, but I have never liked the cut and the kubota tires (AG4) tends to cause too much turf damage.

    I'd be VERY interested in a professionals opinion.
  2. hustlermidwest

    hustlermidwest LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 636

    I would do a compression test. The fact it runs on carb cleaner is good. Boiling the carb if necessary is not pricey. I would get the engine running to check out the pricey stuff. Clean the carb, new fuel line and filter after flushing the tank. Change oil and filter and try starting it. Once the engine runs you can check the hydro's and blade clutch. Check the spindle also for wobble. Getting the engine to run well should be less than $100.. then I would re-evaluate the purchase.

    Brian O

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