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Used Mower Inspection: What to Look For?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by windsory, Jul 13, 2007.

  1. windsory

    windsory LawnSite Member
    Messages: 223

    I'm going to take a look at a used mower today. A 48" Encore with 380 hours. It's at a dealer and they are asking $3500. I'm just looking for advice on what I should look for on the machine to make sure that I'm not buying a piece of junk that is going to need tons of work. With 380 hours I can't see it having too many problems. Also, $3500 seems like a fair price, correct? And what are the general opinions on encore mowers?
  2. windsory

    windsory LawnSite Member
    Messages: 223

    Forgot to mention, it is a ZTR.
  3. Budget

    Budget LawnSite Senior Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 368

    I just purchased a new Ferris 48" 15 hp. DD for $3900 plus tax. Look around that seems high to me.
  4. Accu-cut Lawn Care

    Accu-cut Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,206

    Check to make sure the hydros are working smoothly. If there's any hesitation or grabbing...skip it.
  5. ealbertson

    ealbertson LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 256

    Take the belts off from the deck and PTO to deck and make sure all the pullies are not worn out. Also, with the belts off, preferably, take the end of each blade and make sure there isn't much play in the spindles.
  6. tinkerlawn

    tinkerlawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 111

    Things to check for:
    play in the spindles
    gas in the oil
    smokey exhaust
    smooth hydros
    cracks in the best
    funny sounds
    cracked frame

    but most of all

  7. KTO Enterprises

    KTO Enterprises LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,286

    Check for rust in hidden places. Also check to see how much dirt is packed in hard to wash places.
  8. mkwl

    mkwl LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,700

    I've never used an encore mower, so I can't really comment on their quality. Some items you might want to check are; the spindles- make sure they're quiet, make sure it starts and runs smooth, make sure the hydro pumps are relatively quiet with no leaks, check for oil leaks, check oil color, check all filters, and ask for maintenance records if they have any.
  9. thesargent

    thesargent LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 400

    you might just get an overall feel for how well its been taken care of, has it been repainted, does the overall condition look really worn? i know this seem kinda general but hopfully it helps.

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