View Full Version : Riding mower with thrown rod - how much should I ask for it?

07-22-2011, 09:59 AM
I have a Craftsman 5000GT, 48", 24HP, B&S that threw a rod. It runs, but bangs a lot. I have a prospective buyer with two of these, 1 doesn't run and the other needs a new mowing deck and other miscellaneous pieces so he can stop applying Band-Aid fixes.

Used running models go for more than $1,200. How much should I ask for, since I could probably part it out (if I had the time) and make more? I don't want to be unreasonable, but I also don't want to just give this away.

07-22-2011, 02:19 PM
Busted lawnmowers are pretty common.
The engine is the most expensive part and you don't have that.

I just bought a Sears Tractor with a good 24 HP Kohler for $200.00
Everything works, but it throws the drive belt every 15 min.
I bought it for the engine.

07-22-2011, 02:21 PM
I got a top of the line Toro snowblower with a thrown rod given to me last winter.

07-22-2011, 02:27 PM
wait, it has a thrown rod and yet runs????????

are you sure you dont mean it has a bad rod bearing? or is it a 2cyl model?

I think I would buy the crank and rod (used if you can) and fix the thing if they are worth as much as you say


07-22-2011, 02:29 PM
the deck if good and not needing a complete overhaul is worth 400

07-22-2011, 02:33 PM
Remove the broken rod and sell it as a running 12HP mower. :)

07-22-2011, 02:59 PM
a realistic value would be 300-500. Less if its cosmetically worn. Generally people take running used condition and subract the cost of a new engine. A 24HP complete replacement would probably fall somewhere between $600-$800.

wait, it has a thrown rod and yet runs????????

its an OHV v-twin.

07-22-2011, 03:56 PM
a realistic value would be 300-500. Less if its cosmetically worn. Generally people take running used condition and subract the cost of a new engine. A 24HP completely replacement would probably fall somewhere between $600-$800.

its an OHV v-twin.

This is exactly what I was thinking

07-22-2011, 03:59 PM
PT Barnum was right...There is another one born every minute.

I realize theyre $2500 new, but I see those mowers just about every weekend with zero issues at auctions for a max of $200. My father bought his second Gravely privately last summer, a real tractor with a 48" deck and hydraulic lift needing nothing for $500. $1200 sounds like a craigslist asking price or the end of an ebay auction to me, not a real world value.

Cman with engine issues? I wouldnt offend the neighbors by asking over $100.

07-22-2011, 07:02 PM
Personally i wouldn't pay a dime for a riding mower with a bad engine. A garden tractor such as a gt5000 on the other hand, would be with a little money to me, but not much. That's a horizontal shaft engine with a 6 speed 3 high and 3 low transaxle, right? The transaxle by itself might be worth more to someone that needs one vs a complete mower with a bad engine.
Last i checked v twins started at about $1,200 new. I've never seen one used for sale locally.

07-22-2011, 08:17 PM
It also depends on your market. In this area there are a lot of people with big lawns and not a lot of money. Finding a good running used mower for less than $300 is lucky. A mower with a blown engine is common in the $300 range.

I found my good running 1998 MTD for something like $300. I was the first to call so I got it. The first mower I got was another MTD that was beat up to all hell but it did run until a rod started going. I paid $300 for that junker and it was in rough, rough shape.

07-22-2011, 08:17 PM
if it were a smaller engine you could get the HF honda clones but since it is a larger engine you are dead in the water. leave it to the main brands and you will have more invested in it then its worth

07-22-2011, 08:30 PM
So far I have received 2 riding lawn mowers for free.

One runs great, the other one needed an engine.

I see riders all day around here that are good and running for no more than 3 to 400 dollars. I see them needing engines in the free section.

Take that for what you will, but I would never buy a non running mower, there are too many out there that dont need work for cheap.

07-22-2011, 09:00 PM
the deck if good and not needing a complete overhaul is worth 400

Bought a new deck around $600

07-22-2011, 09:15 PM
There are an awful lot of lawn mowers around that run for $2-400.00. They're going to have to pay some big bucks for a new engine in yours. I think I would try to fix it unless someone is going to give more than it is worth.

07-22-2011, 09:15 PM
I bought a good shape Huskee lawn tractor with a blown 10HP B&S for $50 a few years back. Only bought it because I had a ride on mower that was falling apart, but the engine was still running (although smoking).

The smoking engine out lived the Huskee as well.

07-24-2011, 01:54 AM
I sold a working 20hp 46" crapsman for $175 and laughed all the way to the bank.

That's worth a wee bit more, being it's a garden tractor, but not much, as it's a craftsman, and since it doesn't run...

If I got $300, I would be ecstatic, and quite happy with $200.