So I sent some texts to him, asking for pics of the engine and deck. I sent my phone number through Facebook and said call and maybe we can set something up. He sent 4 pics (deck plate, ultra-fuzzy radiator front view, and left/right sides of mower). Deck is 54”, Serial# *MO54CA021737*. That’s fine and dandy. Pics of the engine...lol... FD590V, plain as day.
So I’m my eyes, 2 things are 100% fact, 1-engine is an 18hp kawa with plastic cam gear. 2-the mower rolled off the line in 1995. (Am I wrong?)
I rechecked the Serial Numbers 10 times before he called. When he did, I said sorry to tell you but that isn’t a 1999, nor is it a 20hp engine, 10seconds into explaining how I got to that conclusion, he got all sortsa ****** and talked over me, lol. Basically said “nuh uh! We had it checked and all that, it’s a 1999 20horse, and said my price is firm and you aren’t going to get me to lower it by saying this stuff.” And hung up.
I say in text, that’s totally alright, as I’m not interested any longer because this feels like a scam, you are advertising something for what it’s not, also sorry but I have to report to Facebook because you are falsely advertising. (I don’t actually care myself, but the next person might not do any research before buying, which I feel bad for). I was very polite/professional in phone/text/Facebook interactions, just to throw that out there.
He texted back, “I’m not scamming you or anyone else [mechanic’s name] did the work for me so I can’t tell you anything else.”
On the phone I got the jist he’s an older fella that doesn’t really “do” technology much, I.e. looking up serial numbers or visiting JD website or downloading PDFs lol, so I don’t THINK he is intentionally trying to scam anyone, but who knows? Stranger things have happened. Either the prior owner lied to him, or mechanic lied about the new motor installed, or his “fact finder” was wrong about the serial and engine numbers,I dunno. Although....I find it kinda odd/hard to believe that throughout the whole process the words “TWENTY HORSEPOWER” or “EIGHTEEN HORSEPOWER” would *never* come up in conversation with a mechanic before, during, or after the installation. Lol, oh well I spose. The search for a much needed mower continues haha
Edit: I tend to be very transparent and detailed, I apologize for the long winded post