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anyone have any experience with one of these little john deere rx75 riding mowers? i havent got it yet but seen one for sale for $30 was thinking about picking it up . what usually goes wrong with these? I know they are pretty cheap even new and look some what cheaply made but if i got it would be fixed and used mainly in tighter areas of my yard just for trimming and in places where my 42in deck wont fit might get used an hour a week if even that thanks in advance
 

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The economy has everyone dredging at the bottom of the scrap pile lately, and when I see ANY of the Deere rear engine riders come in, I cringe. :praying:

EVERY rear engine unit that I have worked on in the last year has been a money pit, with the acceptation of one unit that is.

I suppose that because they are so small, it fools people into believing that the repairs will be equally small. :biglaugh: Very few believe in preventative maintenance, and with the nature of its design (tight spaces) and the age of most of these units, it makes it costly to repair, well, at $70.00 dollars an hour it does.

If you do your own repairs, then you will be ahead of the game. Inspect the belts, jack sheave, and variator, as they are no fun to service. Shifting mechanism, brakes, charging system, and the deck hardware. Almost all the units I serviced had gummed up carburetors, trash in the fuel system, and some needed desperate valve service. Good luck. :trink40:
 

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i do all my own work even on my cars only thing my cars have ever gone to the shop for has been tires and alignments and if i had the equipment to do that i would be doing that too lol i never even used the warrenty on the craftsman push mower i bought new 11 years ago. it was taken in one time by my brother and sears had it for a month when they finally gave it back it was worse than when he took it in . i was so mad i was about to mow someones butt with it where they did the repairs . went in for a tune up came out hard to start all the bolts on the engine cover stripped out they took the head off to replace it because they stripped the holes in that and when they replaced it they never put a new head gasket on it had half the old one stuck on it . i wasnt happy
 

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they aren't that bad the Rx 75 had a kawasaki 9hp engine that is bullitproof aside from eating plugs (my experiance) the hardest thing i had to do to mine was belts (you need little hands and patience) 35 bucks is awfully cheap i sold mine with a double bagger for 500.00
 

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For $30, the tires are worth that alone. Mostly they suffer from lack of maintenance as mentioned above. Usually they have 5 years of grass clippings stuffed up inside them because the typical owner never cleans them out. One thing that hese don't like is carrying a big operator around. I weigh a "svelt and trim" 285, and they don't like to move much with someone my size on 'em.
 
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