What is it worth?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by kingenterprises, Sep 29, 2004.

  1. kingenterprises

    kingenterprises LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    Have an opportunity to buy the following. What is it worth in your opinion.

    Hustler Z, 23 Kaw, 60 Inch Deck, 345 hours, New 7/15/02. Belonged to a local LCO. Mower is dirty, needs blades, possibly belts, oil and other fluid change, but appears to be in decent shape otherwise.

    NOTE: I will be buying a no warranty machine with 345 hours on the gasoline engine.

    I appreciate your feedback.

    King Enterprises
  2. GrassBustersLawn

    GrassBustersLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 981

    IMHO 345 hours is just bearly "broken in". Being "dirty" and needing oil change & belts, that is just REGULAR MAINTENANCE stuff. As long as the oil & filters have been changed REGULARLY, shouldn't be a problem.

    I'd look and see what a NEW one is going for and then work back from there. I'd say $1500 off new price would be reasonable for 345 hours.

  3. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,213

    A 23HP Kawi is not big enough for the Hustler 60" deck. A 25 HP is still under powered. Been there done that, still have the 25 HP. Hustler has speed but not enough torque for tough mowing area's.

  4. kingenterprises

    kingenterprises LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    I appreciate the feedback. Any more observations will be appreciated. Although I can buy the mower for what I consider a bargain, I don't want to arrive on a machine that is under powered.


    King Enterprises
  5. HighGrass

    HighGrass LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Z5 MA
    Messages: 1,237

    1- Anyway to find out any service history? Even if it's just invoices like filter receipts etc.
    2- Are you able to do an oil analysis just to check on the motor. Hows the oil look...level good?
    3- Check the spindles? Free wheel em and see if their still straight.

  6. kingenterprises

    kingenterprises LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    I can do all that. The machine is at a local tractor dealer where I have bought 2 new holland tractors. The Hustler Z was bought there new. I'll check the service records.

    The oil was pretty dirty but did not smell burnt. I'll ask my salesman for a service history in print.

    I will have to check out the spindles. FYI, Dealer is asking 4K.
  7. slicklawns

    slicklawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    A 23 HP on a 60'' deck is underpowered. Why is he selling?
  8. kingenterprises

    kingenterprises LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    Mower was traded in on a Super Z at the Local dealer. Owner was a local LCO. He bought the mower new 7/02.


    Kevin King
  9. Eric 1

    Eric 1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,220

    Well 4k is a bargain. But a 23 on a 60 is alittle underpowered. Tall or thick grass is gonna bog it.But if there are good service records i would probably have to go for it.

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