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I'm looking possibly looking at the purchase of a "supposedly" very slightly used 2014 lawn-tractor that was advertised with only 16 hours on the meter.  I called and talked to the seller to set up a meeting to look at this mower, but the seller was on vacation at the beach. We discussed the particulars of a possible sale/agreement, with him to call me upon his return home. The seller did call me as agreed on Thursday evening late; but stating he had a small problem we needed to discuss about the stated hours on the meter.  He stated his son used the mower to mow his yard, and left the ignition switch on, thus running down the battery;  and after charging the battery, placing it back in the mower, the hour meter now shows 108 hours.  Is this possible for a hour meter to run with just the ign. sw. on, but the engine off? Should I consider this mower for $1300.00, or run look at other prospects?  Thanks for your advise!

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Some hour meters do run with the key on but most count (time) based on the ignition module which the engine needs to run to activate.

With that few of hours I would make sure the mower does not show signs of hard use, dents, lots of paint scratched or missing, large grass build up on the deck.

Do you know if the machine still has any warranty?  If so, does the warranty transfer?  Usually the warranty is for the original owner only, non-transferable.

Eric

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Lawnmower Repair . Certified Master Service Technician from B&S. Have 23 years experience on B&S, Lawn Chief, Weed Eater, Echo, Peerless, Wheel Horse, Snapper, Atlas, MTD, McCulloch, Homelite and many other numerous brands. Specialize in electrical repair.

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Born and raised in the midwest. Started tinkering with engines when I was about 14 on my Suzuki RM-80. I began lawn mower repair at a small hardware store. I knew absolutely nothing. I read lots of repair manuals and met an older fellow who taught me many lessons. I continued working on small engines through high school and paid my way through college working on mowers at the same hardware store. Decided to get away from the midwest and mower repair so I joined the Air Force. I repaired air traffic control electronic equipment and ended up in Hawaii where I got a part time job at Small Engine Clinic. I gained a lot of experience from the Small Engine Clinic and had a blast repairing small engines. I then took the Briggs and Stratton Master Service Technician test and earned my MST. I then traveled to Wisconsin where I attended the factory update training seminar and received formal training. Continued working on mowers part time as I completed 20 years of military. Retired from the military on a Friday and continued in the lawn and garden industry the next Monday.

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MAS Aerospace Operations BA Mathematics AAS Electronic Communications AAS Electronic Technology

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