Used lawn care equipment. How many hours is too much?

Chuck, a member of the Gopher Lawn Care Forum asked a great question today I wanted to pass on to everyone. He asked:

I came across this in my local area on craigslist….is 3000 hrs alot for a diesel mower?   I know it is for a gas machine but I don’t know..

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Tim then gave us a great insightful response by saying:

“I would have to say it is very close to rebuild time. As you know gas will last about 2100 before you replace or rebuild and that depends on how it is taken care of, proper maintenance is the key, A diesel will last about 2 times what  gas will if it is taken care of, and serviced properly, so if it has 3000 hrs and life expectancy is only 4000 then it is close, if the price is right and the deck is still in good shape, no welds and good pulleys and bearings and not much work is needed then its up to you at that point. If it is a Kabota engine then you may depends again on care of the machine get about 5000 hrs and then you’re still over half way to rebuild time. I’m not big on grasshoppers but to each their own. Remember that diesel machines take more maintenance all the way around.”

Thanks Chuck for asking this question and thanks Tim for the great response. You can join in on this discussion by visiting the post at the Gopher Lawn Care Forum.

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