Yard sale score

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by meathead1134, Apr 22, 2007.

  1. meathead1134

    meathead1134 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 637

    Today, I was on my way back from an open house and I noticed that this 1 particular place holds barn sales all of the time. I drove past it and turned around and went back to it. I never stop at these things, well I see numerous push mowers. I noticed that there was a self propelled lawn boy. The guy wanted $40.00 stating that it needs a tune up and an oil change and it dosen't run right. I though about it for a few minutes. I told the guy since it dosen't run, I'll give you $19.00 for it (its what I had for cash in hand) he ended up taking it no questions asked. I get it home primed it 2x and it fired on the first pull. I laughed it ran kind of rough. I then hit it with starter fluid and ran the thing for 5 minutes at it ran good.

    1 x lawn boy self propelled mower $19.00
    1 x air filter $5.00 tops
    1 x spark plug $1.50
    1 x quart of oil $3.00

    Not having to spent $350.00 for a new self propelled mower dam priceless.:laugh: :laugh: :drinkup: :drinkup:

    who else scored something else cheap?
  2. RonB

    RonB LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 427

    A few years ago I bought one of those el cheapo Homelite handheld blowers. It worked ok but started giving problems starting - so I just got a back pack ..

    Anyway, about a month ago I stopped at a dumpster to toss the trash and laying on the ground was a Homelite blower, so thought I'd be able to get parts and make a good one from two.

    Got home, primed it, pulled twice and it cranked and runs great. Works fine when I don't need the backpack.
  3. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    I'm trying to figure out where you put that quart of oil in a lawnboy mower.... Or was it one of the newer models with the 4 stroke on it?

    Sounds like a heck of a score... Hell, I would have bought it too, even tho I have no use for it. I just like older lawnboy mowers.
  4. Horsepower Lawns

    Horsepower Lawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 213

    Got this on E-Bay.

    New fuel filter, new gas & starting fluid and a few pulls. Runs fine, used it for 4 straight hours on Saturday with NO ploblems. Mows great even with the old blades on.
    After I got it running I changed the air filter and oil & filter.

    My dad has picked up some many push mower out of the trash I lost count. He would put in a new plug and gas and they would start right up.
  5. Chop Stuff Up

    Chop Stuff Up LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 457

    just got a mtd rider for $50
  6. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,570

    Nice score there. Last January I picked up a Toro Proline 32" for $350. It does a great job cutting. If a person can shop around a bit and has some knowledge of things mechanical or lucky, good equipment can be purchased on the cheap.:)
  7. stuffdeer

    stuffdeer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,617

    Ferris W/b, new belts and tranny and spare 12.5 hp- 650
    Bluebird Dethatcher- 122.53

    ED'S LAWNCARE LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 361

    Last week Murry self propelled push from a customer $15
  9. Mowman16

    Mowman16 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 282

    Nice Ferris hydro WB for 300. (sorry stuffdeer)
  10. causalitist

    causalitist LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 610

    heck ya, i got my toro gts 21" that way. $25, its 17 years old and works perfectly. runs wayyy better than the new toro personal pace i have.

    the new mower is now backup because the 17 year old one is more reliable lol!

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