I posted up in a different forum here about mower choices for my hilly, large yard, and one of the options I am looking at is an 84 Toro Groundsmaster 62 that a friend has. I want some more info/options on this machine....
It was originally owned by a university and used for snow blowing sidewalks. Second owner mowed 5 acres with it, third owner is my friend who hasn't used it much. He's my mechanic, I trust him with my $50k cars and know that he won't rip me off. He is disclosing everything he knows about it...
'84 Groundsmaster 62, with 52" deck, cab with glass windshield and soft side panels, 2 stage snow blower with counterweights. 2215hrs on the meter but it hasn't worked since my friend bought it. (I don't need/want the blower, would sell it if there was any demand). 20hp Onan. Body is solid. He said it mows like it's nobody's business, runs good but requires frequent tinkering, normally with the points (replaced with Onan ones a few years ago) and it uses oil. It has 2 year old belts and the head gasket was replaced 2 years ago as well. If I want it, it's mine for about a Grand. He's offered for me to test it out at my property and see if I like how it mows.....
Recommended repairs per him:
Needs New Motor.....in order to not have to tinker with it constantly, he recommends a fresh motor. New Onan 20hp motors are obviously about impossible to find, so this one could be rebuilt (??) or we could repower with a 18hp Brigs Vanguard from http://www.jimsrepairjimstractors.co...awn-mowers.htm
Needs New blades
Needs New anti scalping wheels
That's about it.
I don't want to buy a money pit, or something that is going to INCREASE my time mowing the yard because it's always broken down or I'm having to tinker with it.
For the buying price, it's going to cause me headaches. But if I spend a few $$ on it (putting my investment at roughly $2,000 ), would it be a good machine for me???
Any thoughts appreciated.