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#1 Farmlife OFFLINE  

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Posted October 01, 2012 - 06:01 PM

Well friends have named me "Forrest Gump" due to my Snapper. Year after year however, i keep mowing what i consider a nice looking yard and they keep buying this new plastic junk from the big stores that is constantly being serviced. My Snapper however, has only had plug change, oil changes, greasings, air filter maint and 1 fuel filter. Biggest thing iv done is pull the magnetto and wire wheel it along with flywheel. And like i said....mine keeps running!! Besides, anyone thats ever been on one can tell you theyr the neatest, most fun lil things to ride. They can keep those over priced pieces of plastic......theyr not for me......20121001_184426.jpg 20121001_184307.jpg

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Posted October 01, 2012 - 06:14 PM

lol my aunt still uses one of those contraptions . she was mowing the yard with it when i was a yongin and she is still mowing with it . its had a engine change but has never given any other trouble . it has to be 30-35 years old and it is kinda fun to ride around on .

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Posted October 01, 2012 - 06:22 PM

It sure is JD, lots of fun. Theyr easy and simple. I plan on many yrs to come with it.
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Posted October 01, 2012 - 06:50 PM

Man that was my first and my most favorite riding mowers I have owned for cutting grass! It cut grass better than the Craftsman I use now. Bought it used with the bagger for about $500 and used it for about 10 years or so. hated to retire it....but the deck was shot and it needed alot of work. Thanks for bringing back good memories. Long may yours live!

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Posted October 01, 2012 - 11:34 PM

We sold approximately 800 Snapper riders from my Dad's dealership.

They were very reliable machines. ....Earlier models had better gears and axle bushings in the rear end.

I still have several Snapper riders. ....One is set up with the 28" Hi-Vac deck & bagger, for when I want to pick-up clippings or leaves. .....Another has the older-style 26" deck, and is used for cutting high grass/weeds, as it discharges the clippings better than the Hi-Vac, if a catcher is not used. .....I also have a few others as spares.

Snapper riders were made with 25", 26", 28", 30", 41" and 42" over the years.
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Posted October 02, 2012 - 04:44 AM

Bruce- thats great thanks for the info. I read an article once that titled "The man that told walmart no!" which was all about how Snapper was the only company that refuse to sell their product in walmart stores. Great article & if i can find it i'll post it. As far as price....a friend owed me money a few yrs back and i saw the Snapper on CL so i told him to go buy it & bring it to me & we would be even. Thats how i got it. The guy selling was only asking $250.

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Posted October 02, 2012 - 05:10 AM

Cool little rider, Forrest! Glad it serves you well. Looks like it does a good job, too!

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Posted October 02, 2012 - 05:16 AM

a friend owed me money a few yrs back and i saw the Snapper on CL so i told him to go buy it & bring it to me & we would be even. Thats how i got it. The guy selling was only asking $250.


What a great method for payback on a loan! Works for me!

I picked one of those up in an auction several years back, got it for 35 bucks 'cause it didn't run. aired up the tires, washed it, cleaned the carb, put in a new battery, sharpened the blades, it worked fine and it ran great. I sold it for alot more than I had in it, I had several calls on it. The guy that bought it wanted it because his grandpa had one like it and he knew how good they were.

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Posted October 02, 2012 - 05:18 AM

I've only got 2 things to say to this.
1) good choice in mowers.
2) pulling tractor. I see it. It could be called 'lil red fireball'

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Posted October 02, 2012 - 09:27 AM

My Father-in-law has a snapper and has had it for years. He is now 80 and still uses it to cut his lawn. He swears by it and wouldn't trade it for nothing.

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Posted October 02, 2012 - 10:13 AM

They're a nice machine, no argument. :thumbs:

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Posted October 02, 2012 - 11:06 AM

They are GREAT mowers. Used one for many years to mow the farm yard. Got busted by my father, pop'N wheelies on it and will never forget that little lecture. :spanka:

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Posted October 02, 2012 - 11:30 AM

That was Jim Wier, CEO of Simplicity, that told Walmart no. Simplicity was buying Snapper during that time.

http://www.fastcompa...aid-no-wal-mart

Edited by achomesteader, October 02, 2012 - 11:30 AM.

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Posted October 02, 2012 - 12:35 PM

A buddy of mine has an old RER Snapper that he got from his dad who got it from his uncle who got it from a pawn shop about 30 years ago. The poor old thing is beat and rusted and last year it had to have a second engine (incidentally off of a newer John Deere RER that fell apart). That thing is still going strong and looks good for another 30 years of service.




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