I looked at a B-80 on CL today, its not run in ages, its stored in a chicken coop not too far away.
Its got a newer 14hp Kohler installed, the guy said he got it from a neighbor who used it to cut his lawn up until 2010 when he passed away.
Its sat since then. He said it ran when it was parked there but when I went to see it it wouldn't roll forward, the brake pedal seemed low but it works the brakes fine in reverse. It won't budge forward though. I could push it backwards just fine but it the right wheel would turn backwards when pushed forward.
If I pushed the brake down while pushing it backwards it stopped, and the brake releases when I let off the pedal. Its in neutral, all the gears seem to shift crisply.
He wants $300 with the motor, $200 without. All the tires looked ok, all had tread and held air. the deck is clean and not rusted.
One thing I also noticed is that the deck won't lift off the ground, it goes up and down but the back end always drags the ground? I can see it lifting up and down but it don't go up high enough, it appears to be hitting the bottom of the chassis and the lever is fully pulled rearward but the deck wheels just hang.
I wasn't looking for a project but a buddy was looking at another machine he's selling and this just happened to catch my eye there. Especially since the deck isn't rotted away. The motor on it looks like someone put in a fresh shortblock, the oil pan and intake are used, the carb is new, and the tin is used.
What do these use for brakes? could it just be rust stopping it from rolling freely?
Any ideas? If it don't sound serious I'll probably go grab it tomorrow night.