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#1 mark843 OFFLINE  

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Posted June 04, 2012 - 11:37 AM

I came across this and was wondering if it was a decent deal for a mower to cut my lawn. I don't know what model it is so maybe someone could help me out on that?

http://www.buffalosm...roduct_id=33097

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Posted June 04, 2012 - 11:45 AM

Check for the usual suspects (oil, belts, idlers, etc), but pay very close attention to the axles as they leave the aluminum housing. ANY wear (slop) is a big problem waiting. When those allow enough of a tip to the axle, the rear end strips the gears thru misalignment.

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Posted June 04, 2012 - 12:15 PM

The other thing to check is the front axle. See if the axle has tiped rearward. The center piviot pin strats wearing down kinda quick on those.

Other wise after they put on all the other items on new it does not look like too bad of a mower.

If you buy it and don't like it after a while you can always use it and trade it in for something else.

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Posted June 04, 2012 - 12:47 PM

It has a 30 day warranty and if you check out the other area's as sited above sound like a pretty good deal.

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Posted June 04, 2012 - 12:57 PM

Thanks for all the information. I will think about it. It seems like this is a use for 5 years and throw it away model?

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Posted June 04, 2012 - 01:04 PM

Looks to be a lot of oil leakage around the engine. Might want to look that over. I have a '93 MTD that I use to mow with. Have to replace a mower spindle every couple years, leaks a bit of oil like this one. But I continue to get the most out of it. Treat it right, fix a few things and it will work for quite a few years!

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Posted June 04, 2012 - 03:03 PM

Maybe consider looking a bit longer. You might find something sturdier like a Craftsman GT for the same or little more.

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Posted July 02, 2012 - 12:40 PM

This might be a little late but...Yeah, that is maybe even a bit high for that mower. They are ok and all, not built to really last though.

Edited by middleageddeere, July 02, 2012 - 12:41 PM.


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Posted July 02, 2012 - 12:52 PM

The deck looks pretty rusty. Check the deck hangers and linkage, often the pins are worn down and the holes for the pins wallowed out to where there is too much slop to get a consistent height of cut.

The front axles are pressed sheet metal and the holes for the front spindle bushings are often badly worn.

Then too around here everything is sand and that does create a lot of pin and bushing wear, maybe not so much where you are buying the mower.

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Posted July 04, 2012 - 08:35 PM

Last year I picked up a GT with a 24hp Kohler with a 52" deck, sleeve hitch and trailer for less than 400.00.

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