I love working on lawn and garden tractors. After work, with a beer I'm going in my garage and do something on one of my 15 (yes 15!) tractors. I buy them cheap, repair them (or not), and sell them on the side of the road here and FB Marketplace. Sometimes I have scrap metal that needs to go and to the junkyard I go, I have a friend who text message me pictures of "new arrivals" and I tell him yes or no if I want it or not. He keeps it aside for me to pick it up. I pay for the weight of it. People scrap some nice things and of course most of them are good for parts only.
Here some examples of what I got from past weeks. The Columbia the engine was seized up. I "unseized" it with a ratchet, filled the crankcase with oil, filled the fuel tank and it strated right up! Did nothing on it, and I mow 2 hours a week with it, not burning oil. Cost: 35 canadian dollars.
The yardman I needed the transaxle, its a Peerless 2300 series, the engine runs but it is dying, 100 psi on 1 cylinder, 75 on the second but for the parts its worth the 50 canadian dollars. I think I'll keep it for a winter project, I have a 18HP Twin II pressure-lubed engine for it and a mower deck. Those transaxles are like a Abrams tank
Do you have in your region nice finds in scrap yards for a fraction of the price you would pay on FB marketplace or craigslist?