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Old 07-24-2013, 03:11 PM   #1
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The right side of my 13 yr old toro ztr went out. I chose not to replace it bc it would cost me more than what I paid. I know have this mower and don't know what to do with it.

I figure I could always post on CL and see if I can get a couple hundred bucks, or part out.

The thing is that the engine is fairly new (4 yrs or so) and everything but the right side hydro is fine.

I've already got something new, but wondered about converting this to a go kart or something else "fun". Any ideas?
FWIW- I should add that it was going to cost $1500 to replace and over $600 to repair, so my budget is under that amount.

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Old 07-24-2013, 03:17 PM   #2
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Sounds like a great time to learn how to repair a hydraulic motor.

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Old 07-24-2013, 03:23 PM   #3
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Sounds like a great time to learn how to repair a hydraulic motor.
I've considered this, but even the service tech said I could dump a couple hundred into it and still be at the same spot.
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Old 07-25-2013, 07:33 AM   #4
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I would at least do an autopsy to further my understanding of hydraulic motors. But I do stuff like that mainly to get out of doing real work.
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Old 07-25-2013, 09:10 AM   #5
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Do you have any idea what I could sell it for on CL? Obviously it's an expensive fix, but I'd assume its worth something.
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Selling it on CL is a crap-shoot.

If you're going to go that route, spend an hour perusing CL in various cities, looking for mowers exactly like yours. You might find a starting point. The bottom line, though, is that you MIGHT get a couple hundred bucks out of it.

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Old 07-31-2013, 02:30 AM   #7
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I know a guy in Iowa, not far from Omaha, that will take the the structure of the thing off your hands.

His family grows acres, and acres, and acres, and acres of non-edible corn. Some for corn syrup and some for ethanol. You or your pet cow bessy could not eat the corn grown directly.

My guy has a graveyard full of engines and things he pieces back together. Ethanol has eaten most rubber and plastic parts. He makes some really cool super fixed John Deere lawn tractors.

He does alright putting machines back together. When he has time not growing fuel that will kill them. He understands the total boombdoggle irony of his situation.

Dr. Hicks will come unglued again but I swear, you cannot run ethanol through a small engine.

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I know a guy in Iowa, not far from Omaha, that will take the the structure of the thing off your hands.

His family grows acres, and acres, and acres, and acres of non-edible corn. Some for corn syrup and some for ethanol. You or your pet cow bessy could not eat the corn grown directly.

My guy has a graveyard full of engines and things he pieces back together. Ethanol has eaten most rubber and plastic parts. He makes some really cool super fixed John Deere lawn tractors.

He does alright putting machines back together. When he has time not growing fuel that will kill them. He understands the total boombdoggle irony of his situation.

Dr. Hicks will come unglued again but I swear, you cannot run ethanol through a small engine.

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I'm already unglued. Have been for years.

...and I ran ethanol through John Deere mowers for a decade, doing commercial lawn-care, without one single ethanol-related problem. So it can be done.
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I'm already unglued. Have been for years.

...and I ran ethanol through John Deere mowers for a decade, doing commercial lawn-care, without one single ethanol-related problem. So it can be done.
But Hicks I know you took care of the equipment and did not let fuel sit anywhere in it for long?
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But Hicks I know you took care of the equipment and did not let fuel sit anywhere in it for long?
Right. Due to the amount of work we did, the mowers always had fresh gas in them.
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Take it apart and see how it works, you might find that it is a simple fix and you can repair it.

If not take the rest of it apart and sell the pieces on ebay.

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