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Yard sale score

meathead1134

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Attleboro MA
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?
 

RonB

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
MS zone 7b
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.
 

Jason Rose

LawnSite Fanatic
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.
 

Horsepower Lawns

LawnSite Member
Location
Clermont/Indy IN
Got this on E-Bay.
http://cgi.ebay.com/BUNTON-HYDRO-WA...7QQihZ011QQcategoryZ71272QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

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.
 

LindblomRJ

LawnSite Silver Member
Got this on E-Bay.
http://cgi.ebay.com/BUNTON-HYDRO-WA...7QQihZ011QQcategoryZ71272QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

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.
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.:)
 

Mowman16

LawnSite Senior Member
Nice Ferris hydro WB for 300. (sorry stuffdeer)
 

causalitist

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
kenosha, wi
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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