I picked up a 1999 Craftsman 14.5 42 rider that my wife found on the local Face book " for sale" site for $30. I have picked up freebees before that were $50 too high, so I dont get too excited about these. This one is as close to NOS / only driven by a little old lady on sunday as you can find. I bought it from the ex wife so I didnt do any tire kicking or ask any questions. It was setting in the side yard and the squirrels were using it for a jungle gym, so I wasnt expecting much. It had 3 flat tires, missing the battery and the seat was cracked and ugly. The plastic steering bushing is sloppy and jumped gears when trying to turn with flat tires.
I loaded it up and headed home. I put a new battery in it, put a quart of gas in the tank, a shot in the carb and hit the key. It cranked slow and the solenoid was hit and miss, but fired right up with no smoke after sitting since atleast last fall. It will need the carb cleaned and maybe rebuilt.
This was a "towny" from a 1/4 acre lot, garage kept, original tires, original belts and blades (never sharpened), paint looks like new and not a scratch on the deck.
I ordered $75 worth of parts from sears.. deck chute, bushing for steering and solenoid. It needs both belts and 3 idlers ($60) For a total of $165 and 6 hours labor invested. If I pimp it right I actually think I can get $650 out of it. It probably doesnt have more than 10 hours on the engine. The closest thing you can get from walmart right now will cost $1100 after you pay sales tax. I will turn this over to my son and let him do the wrenching and keep the profit, he needs it more than I do and it will give him a taste of what he can make outside of the $9/hr he is making at the mower shop
Edited by tater195, April 29, 2015 - 09:33 PM.