Review By : moflyboy on Jun 27 2008 12:00AM
Price Paid : $0.00
Years of Use : 3+ Years
Implements : 60" Deck
Purchased From : Dealer, Harrisonville, MO
Strengths Diesel power plant is smooth and has plenty of torque, always starts. No parts replaced in 16 years other than filters, anti-scalp rollers, bogey wheels, one PTO shaft joint, and one alternator. Bought new in '92 with RC60-G20 deck. Has 800+ hours. Deck is indestructible. Still on original quill bearings only on second belt since new. That's unbelievable. Mowing 2.5 acres sometimes twice a week! Great fuel efficiency, very little vibration to the operator.
Weaknesses Like another review I've read, I have to replace the battery every two to three years even with proper off-season conditioning of the battery. The hood hinges were stamped steel and pretty weak. They gave up a 7 years ago. Been mowing hoodless since as they are an intergral part of an expensive hood. But that's ok, not out for "looks" when I'm mowing. Control module problem requires me to "manually" shut off the fuel for shut down at the solenoid but not a problem: 24" piece of pull wire to the control panel takes care of that! PTO belt is a little complex to change and adjust but no step for a stepper. Deck is so heavily built it is difficult for one man to remove and re-attach but not wearing out is worth it. The four-wheel steering (manual) is a little stiff but a spinner helps a great deal. And being able to cut a 10" circle with a 60" deck still boggles my mind.
Overall If I could find a brand new one still in the crate at the same price I paid in '92, I'd buy it in a heartbeat. It is one of the most reliable and durable pieces of equipment I have ever owned (right up there with my Smith and Wessons, Winchesters, and 1911's).
Parts : 8 Performance : 9
Ease of Use : 9 Financing :
Reliability : 10 Overall : 10