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Have an opportunity to acquire a 2011 Zforce S54 with 127hrs on it. Looks like it has seen some weather ... Faded color, some rust areas on deck with paint chipped off. Mowed well when I put it through its paces in their yard area ... Did steep hill, wide open spaces, turns each side, reverse cut, height change etc.

Some questions for this model:
1) 24hp Kohler engine needed to be turned over twice to start initially. Once warmed up a bit went away. Anything to be worried about?
2) Front tires had cracks starting due to age and one wasn't holding pressure. Dealer wants me to pay for one and they would pay the other ... And identified that they need to get the whole assembly. Doesn't seem right ... The tires only can be swapped correct? If so will work for them to drop the price due to my having to do it and will just do the tire.
Rears seemed OK for now.
3) Any other age related (not hours as it is only just over 100) things to check that simple get old and break down.

It was fun to drive, and would sure shorten the moving for our 1.5 acres with flat sections, sloped areas, trees, rocks, fences, etc. Just dont want to overlook checking things so input appreciated.
 

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It sucks changing the small front tires. I've done it, and it's very annoying, and now I have a tire shop do it for me, and even they find it annoying having a tire mounting/dismounting setup specifically for small tires (annoying enough to charge extra to do it).

You might consider taking the deck belt off and see how each of the spindles and idlers spin. Wouldn't surprise me if one or more needs new bearings...
And the belts themselves degrade with age as well, see how they look. I automatically get a new set of belts for my machines when I get them (new or used), just have them handy when they eventually break.
 

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Thanks Dave.
Yeah I have tried doing small tires before and yup it sucks. I was expectIng a shop to charge more for that inconvenience but if it saves my saniry ... Well worth it. I assume they are standard Carlisle or comparable that can be sourced?

Belts were replaced, all filters, and oil change were done... Asked for service record.

Good idea on the deck check of spindles and idlers. Will give them a check.
 
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