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Fixed Neighbor’s Mower That Was Junked, Give Back?? #5461793 06/24/20 08:50 PM
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This is about a 10 year old Cub Cadet, $2k+ or so new. It has a Kohler engine, 54” cut, 335 engine hours or so. I was over chainsawing and burning brush today. He had previously asked if I would get his old mower out of the shed. They have a new, $5000+ zero-turn Cub Cadet now.

This old mower had an issue last Summer, very slow, hydrostatic tranny. I had previously gave it the once over, checked fluid, no change. He asked if I’d look at it, then put it by the road for ‘free’. If it was a simple fix, he may use it to cut rough areas out back.

Anyway, I download some manuals, take the deck off, & start looking. I hone in on the pedal adjustment rod, which connects to the tranny. As I’m checking, got it started after hours on the charger, I see most of the rear axel is loose. It pivots & shifts as you try to go. I see 4 critical bolts are missing and/or nuts gone. This ‘twist’ is part of the problem, I adjusted out the rest.

I got enough hardware in my odds & ends jars to fasten the axel. This mower needs a bit of everything, oil, plugs, blade attention, battery, fuel filter, grease, & the rest. I realize I don’t need to spend the $50+ on tuneup parts & oil, maybe more.

I had previously fixed the other neighbor’s mower(Toro) when she had it out for free. I gave that back, very simple fix.

I’m a little less onboard with this repair then returning, though I’ll likely do it. I have an older relative who could use a reliable mower. I think when I get done it will cut like new. It does smoke just a touch on start-up.

On the score card I’m well ahead in the helpful department, no deficit there. Is this an odd question? Mower rescued, about to go to the curb for free? Is there a line somewhere? Just rambling, no biggie.

Re: Fixed Neighbor’s Mower That Was Junked, Give Back?? [Re: Mr_Joe] #5461801 06/24/20 09:01 PM
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you earned it. give to someone you know who could use it. not for free to the curb (that might upset the neighbor)


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Re: Fixed Neighbor’s Mower That Was Junked, Give Back?? [Re: Mr_Joe] #5461810 06/24/20 09:09 PM
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Hmmmmmm. First, great job finding the simple repair that caused them to go out and buy a new mower.

This makes me think back to the recent thread about trading in a used car (to dealer) and divulging, or not, ALL of the problems. Most thought that is was ethical to not tell everything to a dealer, but a private sale was obligatory to reveal all.

This leads to: do you tell them how simple the repair was and offer it back......or, do you tell them you spent a "while" working on it, determined how to fix it, and.....you would like to make a bunch of other repairs/maintenance and donate it to a needy friend.

That second way kind of pads the story (white lie??) and makes them more willing to let it go, since they already relegated it to the trash heap and bought a new one.

Please follow up with your decision and outcome. A few situations similar to this and I offered it back, they always said to just keep it

Re: Fixed Neighbor’s Mower That Was Junked, Give Back?? [Re: Mr_Joe] #5461814 06/24/20 09:17 PM
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I don’t think I embellished much. I towed it over, charged it, then spent 1+ hour with the deck off. Besides my fix it needs attention to get up to speed anyway. I think I’ll try to limit my $$ on parts, improve what I can, talk about options, then offer it back.

I don’t expect $$ offered for parts, either.

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Re: Fixed Neighbor’s Mower That Was Junked, Give Back?? [Re: Mr_Joe] #5461820 06/24/20 09:19 PM
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A few years ago a friend gave me a really nice ten year old ("made" by Deere) Scotts mower that he took great care of since new. It had a blown headgasket that I repaired for next to nothing. I sold the mower (very quickly) for $900 via Craigslist.

My friend told me from the beginning that he wanted to get rid of it and just wanted it gone. He even delivered it. He really wanted it out of his garage - ha! When I sold it, I gave he and his wife a $100 gift card to a local restaurant. They appreciated it - probably more than the $100 value. Maybe an idea for you?

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Re: Fixed Neighbor’s Mower That Was Junked, Give Back?? [Re: Mr_Joe] #5461830 06/24/20 09:31 PM
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What are your neighbors going to do with two large mowers? Don't underestimate your skills. You fixed it in an hour but you have the training and expertise to do that. Your neighbors put it out for free hoping someone would take it and fix it and get some use out of it. If they just dropped $5k on a new mower, I'll assume they're not hurting for money. If you don't need it, give it to your relative. Your neighbors don't want two large mowers.


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Re: Fixed Neighbor’s Mower That Was Junked, Give Back?? [Re: Mr_Joe] #5461831 06/24/20 09:32 PM
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If it was dropped at the curb as "free" then it's fair game. If you picked it up from a strangers house and fixed it, would you give it back?


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Re: Fixed Neighbor’s Mower That Was Junked, Give Back?? [Re: Mr_Joe] #5461834 06/24/20 09:32 PM
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That’s right, no room to park two large mowers either.

Re: Fixed Neighbor’s Mower That Was Junked, Give Back?? [Re: PantherFan88] #5461921 06/24/20 11:43 PM
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Originally Posted by PantherFan88
If it was dropped at the curb as "free" then it's fair game. If you picked it up from a strangers house and fixed it, would you give it back?


Yep.... It's rightfully yours.


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Re: Fixed Neighbor’s Mower That Was Junked, Give Back?? [Re: Mr_Joe] #5461975 06/25/20 02:45 AM
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Give it to someone in need....


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Re: Fixed Neighbor’s Mower That Was Junked, Give Back?? [Re: Mr_Joe] #5461987 06/25/20 04:20 AM
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Depends on the relationship you have with your neighbor. I’d offer it back, but ours wouldn’t take it.

On the other side, you give it back, it’ll likely get beat on until you get it back again. They obviously aren’t in need of a mower since they bought a new one. It’d be different if they didn’t have a mower now.

Somewhat reminds me of a sweater I took from my brother years ago. He never wore it so I took it. Mom made me give it back after a few months then he got grease all up the side and gave it back to me. I thanked my mom and got a good smack. It’s now my wrenching/ oil change sweater.


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Re: Fixed Neighbor’s Mower That Was Junked, Give Back?? [Re: Mr_Joe] #5462018 06/25/20 06:05 AM
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Tell him it needs quite a bit of work and some money to bring it to 100% and you have a relative that needs it. Do you mind if I put the time in to it and give it to him?


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Re: Fixed Neighbor’s Mower That Was Junked, Give Back?? [Re: Mr_Joe] #5462123 06/25/20 08:34 AM
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I get this a lot. I fix mowers as a side business, and my family and friends know this. They will offer me mowers and equipment they just want gone, even if it is a simple fix. Most of the time they just don't want to deal with it anymore, and like your neighbor, have already bought a new one. They offer it to me knowing I'll do something with it and see it as a better option than just throwing it away. I'll usually fix them up and offer them to someone I know, or sell them. I've never had them question it or want it back, usually if something is offered to you, it is because they no longer want to mess with it and have moved on.


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Re: Fixed Neighbor’s Mower That Was Junked, Give Back?? [Re: JLawrence08648] #5463005 06/26/20 05:48 AM
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Originally Posted by JLawrence08648
Tell him it needs quite a bit of work and some money to bring it to 100% and you have a relative that needs it. Do you mind if I put the time in to it and give it to him?


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Re: Fixed Neighbor’s Mower That Was Junked, Give Back?? [Re: Mr_Joe] #5465928 06/29/20 08:32 PM
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I talked to neighbor today, he said keep it. The blades are about shot, big nicks, somewhat smoothed out. During the oil change the ‘quick-drain’ was somewhat problematic, I added a pipe & cap, simple drain next time. I put two iridium plugs in, secured the missing deck bolts.

If I do end up with it, towards a relative, I’ll reciprocate plenty.

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