What do I do to get equipment in cutting condition??

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by Amazon2k, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. Amazon2k

    Amazon2k LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    Ok, so I’ve just been offered this list of lawn care equipment to get me started in the industry. I was hoping to get some information on what type of equipment I am looking at and what my “1st things 1st” list should be in getting them in a solid working condition. My plan is to get the second walk behind in proper working condition to use as my main cutting machine, but it’s a 61” mover and I assumed .5 to 1 acre lawns would be my start and this just seems huge for that type of lawn.

    This is step one in the process for me and any help is greatly appreciated guys. I’ve listed as much information as I could find on each machine.

    So the first piece of equipment is in pretty good condition as is. He is not willing to part with it just yet, but it can be used at any time.

    The second unit looked to be in pretty good condition, but will need some TLC. It started on the first pull, after sitting since June. The most obvious problem is dry rot on some of the hoses and body rust. It has the seat attachment (last image) and an additional set of the large tires with it.

    This last Snapper was in no condition to even discuss with him. I was thinking that there may be a few options in either restoring it or just pulling the motor and adding it to another machine.
    That is it for the mowers. I’ll add the blowers, trimmer and a few other items shortly. Again, I appreciate any information you can help with.

    1 – 61” walk behind
    1 – 61” zero turn, I think it’s called. Seat attachment included
    1 – 36” ride on (Salvage?)
    2 – Gas blowers
    1 – Gas trimmer
    1 – Gas bushwacker trimmer.
    If needed:
    Aerator, 2nd trimmer, backpack blower, small push mower, mulcher, edger







  2. caseysmowing

    caseysmowing LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,137

    I'd keep looking if I were you. Steer clear of that stuff!! Cheaper isn't the way to go on equipment.
  3. Amazon2k

    Amazon2k LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    I don't have to pay for any of the equipment, just servicing it.
  4. show-n-go

    show-n-go LawnSite Member
    Messages: 232

    just start by going over each piece and getting it clean and checking out everything, oil & filter change, maybe even do the spark plugs on each. Have they been sitting for any length of time? If so you may want to drain the gas and start fresh. Check all the belts and hoses for dry rot, if they are replace them.
  5. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,050

    Who is this guy that gave you all this equipment . Before you start dumping money into this equipment see if engines spin free if they are sea-zed it's probably not worth fixing:hammerhead:
  6. Amazon2k

    Amazon2k LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    Everything starts just fine, but yes they have been sitting for a while. At least since last spring. I'm planning on spending the weekend taking care of as much of that type of stuff Show. I'd feel better about it all once I've done a thorough cleaning and tuneup.

    Joe, these are all coming from my pap-in-law.

    So is this a reasonable place to start a business though? I have a list of all the other items, but I can't post from my location. Trimmer, blowers etc.. I'll post them later today.
  7. metro36

    metro36 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,417

    Whenever I acquire a piece of equipment I go through it top to bottom. I always start with a full service.

    Wash/ Degrease everything
    Engine Oil + Filter
    Hydro Oil + Filter
    Fuel (Drain old fuel and replace with new) + Filter
    Clean/ rebuild carburetors as necessary
    Spark Plugs
    Air Filter
    Grease everything
    Check belts and replace as necessary ( I always have extra belts on hand just in case)
    Sharpen/ Replace Blades
    Check tire condition and pressure.

    Then I replace/ rebuild anything that is worn or looks like it may cause a problem.
    Wheel Bearing
    Spindle Bearings
    Idler Pulleys
    Hydro Hoses
    Fuel Lines

    Thats just a basic list off the top of my head. I like to be pretty through when I go through everything. I would rather deal with potential problems not then have equipment go down during the season.
  8. caseysmowing

    caseysmowing LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,137

    Sorry I didn't know you didn't have to pay for any of it. Just do what show and go said. I would replace all filters,hoses,oil,cables,belts, and blades. Clean them up and but some paint on them and make some money. Plan on buying something nicer soon as possible and keep those for back ups.
  9. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,050

    OK if it's mechanically sound. you can start by looking at belt tension adjust so it don't have to much play. get new blades or with grinder sharpen them it's cheaper this way I do mine with grinder:weightlifter:
  10. Amazon2k

    Amazon2k LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    Sounds good guys! I’m a pretty thorough guy also and would prefer to catch as much as I can before I leave home. I’d like to get that walk behind going asap! I’ll use the cruiser when I can justify having it fulltime.
    I’ve added picks of the other items I’ll be getting. They will also need tune-ups. My biggest concern at the moment is 1) what to do with a 61” mower!! That thing looks like it’s meant for open field work! 2) Getting a good starter trailer that provides security. 3) FINDING WORK in Atlanta!! Any suggestions on any of these issues? Just to put it out there, this will be headed towards a fulltime business asap. I’ve managed warehousing for 10 years and I’M OVER IT (Hope that didn’t carry the emotion I was feeling)! I’m ok with managing a staff down the road a bit, but right now I see my ticket out of there and I’m planning on pursuing lawn care with a passion! Any and ALL guidance is appreciated.

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