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beep-beep car is go
Apr 11, 2005

I can just eyeball this, right?


Anyone care to offer an opinion on a lawn tractor?

1990 Deere 175 hydro on its second owner supposedly. Guy wants $500 but my FIL thinks he’ll take less. Any idea what to look out for? Is $500 fair?

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beep-beep car is go
Apr 11, 2005

I can just eyeball this, right?


Fermented Tinal posted:

Consider that $1000 buys you a brand new one without the bagger.

What? Where? Most ride on lawn mowers around here are $1500 and up. Deere’s are like $2500 and up.

But it is 30 years old at this point (ouch). Eh, I’ll see how bad he wants to get rid of it and lowball him or something. I’m on the hunt for a end of season deal anyway. I can wait.

beep-beep car is go
Apr 11, 2005

I can just eyeball this, right?


It’s for mowing, not shenanigans. At least, mine is.

beep-beep car is go
Apr 11, 2005

I can just eyeball this, right?


slidebite posted:

^^ Can't comment on the current B&S motors, but my 22+ year old 3.5HP B&S Classic is unbelievable. Last year, I did the oil change because I literally couldn't remember the last time I did it. And maybe a tablespoon of sludge came out. So it was basically dry for lord knows how long.This year, went to pull it out of storage (which is under my deck so it still gets Canadian winter temps and snow drifts) and saw I still had half a tank of 6 month old ethanol laden gas in it. Shrugged. Primed it twice. Pulled. Fired up immediately. First pull. It was so easy you would think it was a warm start. Horrible dirty air filter and all.

Just unbelievable how tough this little bastard is.

I have a Lowe’s special “Bolens” walk behind with some kind of B&S motor and I literally ignored it for 5 years. Threw whatever gas I had and mowed. This year I decided to be “nice” to it and went all out. New blade (raking/dethaching blade), new air filter, new plug, new oil. After changing everything and priming it still started on the first pull. I figure I have another 5 years of ignoring it now.

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