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I would keep looking at that price. Its obvious that he took parts off for another mower. So why was this a parts machine? If you can find everything its missing. Price it out and see how much it would cost to fix it. Then youll know if its worth it.
for me i would buy it for the motor providing it does not smoke or knock.
i have a couple older walk behinds with the kawasaki motors that i use for area's too crappy for the riders and kawasaki no longer makes that motor and the only viable replacement motor is a kohler but the issue with the kohler is the oil filter is where the transmission is so some modifications are needed to make the switch to kohler and it is easier to just do the direct replacement if you can find a used motor.
to buy as a addition to your business it would probably cost too much to buy what you need to get it up and running to be worth buying for that purpose.
Deep breaths, man. Deeeeeep breaths. Innnn. And outttt. Ahh.
12.5 is a bit underpowered for a 36" but if it would fit on my old Toro I'd put it on there as a field mower to take care of the rocky lawns and not care about busting up my good mower. The transmission is worth a few bucks. Maybe $75 if it's not worn and the input shaft is steady.
I would say NO but prices change from area to area. here locally you can get a good used walk for $500 that one looks trashed.
I'm not sure if I want it that bad or not.
but finding good or even bad used commercial mowers around these parts is like pulling hens teeth, What dose show up they want and seem to get $2000.00 to $4000.00 We have no stocking dealers here everything has to be ordered in from Ontario or Quebec.