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What to look for in a used ZTR?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by notforprofit, Jun 18, 2004.

  1. notforprofit

    notforprofit LawnSite Member
    Messages: 52

    Hello all,

    I posted a question earlier today about the value of a Toro ztr. Since doing so, I realized that an equally important question would be to ask WHAT to look for in a used ztr mower! In addition I thought some of you could suggest what to look out for (perhaps common problem areas or signs of abuse/wear?) Anything in particular I should check? Thanks for the input.
  2. Ax Man

    Ax Man LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 446

    Hour meter, oil color/texture/smell, belts-glazed looking or cracked.
    Tires- worn or cracked, Clean or dirty
    Deck- bent or cracked, newly welded or mismatched welding.
    Blades- are they dull, bent or wobbly (bearings)
    Run it- Smoke? Rev it- smooth, quick or slow?
    Start blades -clutch work?
    oil in hydro? same checks as engine oil
    Paint- faded or bright ( where it was stored)

    That should get you started.
  3. notforprofit

    notforprofit LawnSite Member
    Messages: 52

    Thanks Ax Man-
    Headed over there this morning to give it the once over.
  4. notforprofit

    notforprofit LawnSite Member
    Messages: 52

    Went over to dealer this AM, but they weren't open for business because they were moving things around and remodeling. However a fella inside gave us the go-ahead to look at the Toro. It's a Z-150. Belts looked ok, a little wear-not glazed or cracked. The oil was a little dirty and at the add mark but was not milky or discolored. However, there seemed to be a light film of oil inside the area the breather tube enters just before the carb, as well as a light film inside the area of the air cleaner. What does this mean? Is it a problem? I was told (at least on an auto) any residue in the exhaust pipe shpould be lightly chalky grey. I did this test and my finger was black and sooty. However I did this to three other used tractors they had ( 2003 J.D. , 2002 Cub Cadet, 2002 Kubota-a diesel) they all were black and sooty. Does this mean anything?- is it a bad sign?
    I'll head back Monday to do a more thorough once over and hopefully test run it. Thanks.

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