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Old Today, 06:20 AM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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Some of those pre-World War I models were really built to last.
I once bought an old junkyard of 30 old Worthington rotary mowers: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worthington_Mower_Company. I got most of them running without too many problems; they had two-cycle engines, had a very heavy (1/4th inch steel) deck, and roller bearing wheels - they were almost indestructible. I sold all of them when I had my mower shop. Nobody builds a mower like they did back then. Of course they did lack some safety features.
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Old Today, 06:51 AM
 
Location: Billings, MT
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When mower shopping, keep in mind that there are very few engine manufacturers, and even fewer manufacturers of transmissions, whether they be hydrostatic or gear.
The horizontal shaft engines in the old John Deere units were likely Onan CCK series. Many later model vertical shaft John Deere engines were Kawasaki. Some were Tecumseh or Briggs & Stratton.
Murray, MTD, Yardman, Craftsman, etc. used Tecumseh engines for years. Newer models are Kohler or Briggs & Stratton.
Toro used Tecumseh also. Again, newer models are Kohler or Briggs.
Transmissions/transaxles were often Peerless or Eaton.
On our "mini-farm" we have a Craftsman Fairway tractor with 54" deck (in between the Yard Tractor and the Garden Tractor) and a Toro ZTR, 54" deck with bagger.
Both are excellent units, but the Craftsman has developed an occasional squeal in the belt drive system. I haven't found it yet. Maybe this summer I will dig into it.
I spent several years in a Toro/John Deere shop, "bending wrenches". I held factory certifications for Tecumseh, Briggs & Stratton, Kohler, and Peerless.
That was a long time ago....
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Old Today, 08:17 AM
 
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Craigslist?

That's where we got our JD mower for super cheap.
Yes, you can come up with decent lawn tractors there for a great price, Iíve sold several myself and they do appear since people move or upgrade their mowers.

Your not going to find any decent commercial mowers in the $1200 range unless thereíre really beat and that would be a potential money pit especially for an person unable to do their own repairs.
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Old Today, 12:07 PM
 
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Yes, you can come up with decent lawn tractors there for a great price, Iíve sold several myself and they do appear since people move or upgrade their mowers.

Your not going to find any decent commercial mowers in the $1200 range unless thereíre really beat and that would be a potential money pit especially for an person unable to do their own repairs.
Your probably correct, but for under 2k you certainly can. And it will be a better cheaper alternative to any $1200-$2000 lawn tractor. Not to mention much faster. Landscapers constantly turn over there equipment and not just because itís ready to blow up. I live in the suburbs of Chicago so maybe weíre spoiled here with all the choices, but you here is a constant supply of affordable used commercial equipment.
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