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What do you know about this mower

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by 944own, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. 944own

    944own LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,178

    Bobcat Ransomes it is for my friend he is looking for a starter mower to upgrade from what he is using now. Says it has a 20hp briggs and a 52" deck. What year do you think it is and how are they if anyone has had one. thanks




  2. Manager1

    Manager1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    Looks okay to me.....
  3. OneLineAtATime

    OneLineAtATime LawnSite Member
    Messages: 196

    I always say buy what is sold close to your home. Parts is the most important thing
  4. 944own

    944own LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,178

    Parts is not a problem. Did you have one and what did you think about it.
  5. stockie

    stockie LawnSite Member
    Messages: 46

    I just bought a used Fastcat Pro last month. I knew nothing about Bobcat so started to do some research. Turns out there are 3 dealers with in 20 miles of me that will service it, or sell bobcat. (one is just down the road) They arent big in my area, but I think its because the place close to me stocks exmark and gravely and pushes them. The other two places further away stocks them. I did alot of research on here and couldnt really find anything bad about them. I guess they are the company that bought out Bunton. I have gone over it pretty good and it seems very well built and simple. One tip someone told me was to put a magnet down into the hydro fluid tanks to see if you pull out any bits of metal. If you do, it needs work, probably means the hydros or hydro motors are shot. One of those magnets on a wand they sell at auto stores was perfect. That pic looks like its a few or several years old. I believe mine is a 2010. If it helps for pricing, this one is a 52 inch with aluminum accelerator bagger and has 52 hours. I paid $4500. Here is the link to my other post with pics of it for you to compare. Good Luck Post any other questions you have.

  6. 944own

    944own LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,178

    Thanks for the comments my friend found this mower and says he can get it under 1k so it seems like a good deal. The mower does look like it has a few years on it but looks to be in good condition. My friend is very mechanical so he can do just about anything to the mower so if he had to replace a hydro or something I think for that price it should be worth it.
  7. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,837

    That is more of a landowner type machine not a commercial machine. For a thousand its a good deal but I hope he knows who he is buying it from because that's pretty cheap. That looks to be a intek briggs engine which is a residential engine. The tires are turf savers and suck looks like it was a cheap owner.
  8. dgfitz

    dgfitz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 177

    I drove one like that a few years ago, good mower and as a starter
    mower the price is right. The guy that owned the one that I drove
    had purchased his used also as a start up, and kept it for a back up
    after he upgraded. He still has the unit as a back up machine. As noted
    by another poster, the engine isn't a commercial stout one, but with
    proper maintenance and careful handling it is a great start up machine
    your friend can make money with.
  9. Lefet

    Lefet LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,887

    Never heard that, going to try it and see what happens.

    A briggs engine is considered to be residential?

    And how come no one has asked how many hours are on it?
  10. Manager1

    Manager1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    I figure anything that goes wrong I can fix if need be.As for the motor I can buy a better motor and go through it and install at a later point.As for the hydros there is a local shop here that can help with pressure testing and servicing the pumps.I think it will be a good starter mower even if it has to sit inside the garage for a few months until ready.I think there are plenty of tires out on the web.Also remeber I am looking for a project...Thanks for all the feedback and keep it coming..

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