Fri Mar 21, 2008 7:51 am
What's an average price for a decent indoor kept 154 with the belly mower with caster wheels. Runs good, turf tires, it has all the pto shields and a drawbar. All the sheetmetal and grille are in excellent shape, guage panel and decals are good. Just a good used original? Thanks Brandon.
Fri Mar 21, 2008 10:29 am
Brandon - on the Yahoo Numbered Lo-boy list I see them asking $1800 to $2500 for what you describe. I don't know what they are getting for actual sales but I would guess around $2000 would be about right.
Fri Mar 21, 2008 2:58 pm
How well do they mow? Do they have a 60 inch deck? I wondered if they'd but sort of underpowered like a cub, since they have the same engine? Or do they all have the increased HP pistons.
Fri Mar 21, 2008 3:36 pm
These are considered good mowing tractors. They do have the increased hp engines and live power to the mower which helps. Weak areas are the clutch and pto drive. Plus they use starter / generators rather than a flywheel start motor.
Fri Mar 21, 2008 3:38 pm
HP was not increased until the later 185's so yes they are a little underpowered for the 60 inch deck. Nearly all of the 154's I've seen have the 60 incher, neighbor has one with a 42 inch deck, no power problem there. If the engine is in good shape they do a good job mowing if your grass doesn't get tall. I have a 60 inch on my 63 Loboy and it does fine as long as I don't let the grass get to tall.
Fri Mar 21, 2008 5:20 pm
I have used both. A 154 will out mow a Cub! The live PTO is a big help. Can't complain on the starter /generator. Bad part, clutch + shafts.
Wed Apr 09, 2008 11:57 am
The PTO is the biggest problem. Hard to replace parts and VERY expensive. Otherwise, pretty nice machines. Almost bought one last year.
Fri Apr 11, 2008 12:11 pm
Everyone has made valid points.
I own one I have decided to part out. When I got it all the good use had been gotten out of it. The engine was in fine shape, but it had the wrong mower deck on it and the clutch was always a problem. Never experienced any PTO cluch problems though.
I can say I used one in the early 70s new and it was a mowing machine as someone mentioned. I mowed baseball fields with it all day long almost every day as a summer job. It was a great machine the only thing we had to do was keep gas in it, change the oil and sharpen or change the blades. I used it at least two or three summers while I was in school. The only problem I ever remember was that the governor would pull back that dinky cable throttle and slow it down. Other than that it was a great machine.
That's the reason I took a change on the used up one I bought. I can tell you this for sure if you find one that doen't have the three blade mower deck, walk away. The one I got had the single blade deck and I can tell you it will not mow like the three blade deck.
As far as value I have watched them on E-bay and seen them go for $3500.00 or more in what appeared in the pictures to be almost new on the out side. Everything in tact. If they had been in my area and ran like the one I used in the 70's I would have bought one.
If you can test drive the one you are talking about check the clutch real close. Check to see if it will pop out of third gear from a dead stop under a load (mine would). Make sure the shifting leaver will not jump out of the shifting forks and jam the gears or leave it stuck in reverse or one of the othe gears. Check the hydraulic lift. Those are all the problems I can think to look for. Don't forget the PTO someone had mentioned. It may look good and have been indoors, but you still can't see the wear on all the things I mentioned. If it checks out good I think it might be in that $2500 to $3500 range.
I hope this helps you.
Thu Apr 17, 2008 9:17 am
Since these tractors are getting so expensive there hard to replace so it maybe worth rebuilding it. Thats what i plan on doing with my int154 cub. It runs great but i'd like to restore it so i'm sure everything is ok so it will last me for many years. I mainly use it for mowing with the 3260 deck although it has the 3pt hitch too.
With a new modern 54" cut mower with 20hp costing $3,000 picking up a cub of any kind with a mower deck is hard to beat at any price. I guess nowadays its the zero turn mowers being the hot ticket. I just don't get it when it costs $5,000. I don't have that much in my two cubs and my 5 cadets.
Tue May 27, 2008 8:56 am
Maybe its just me, but I don't see the numbered low boys going very high - especially on EBAY. The ones in good usable condition seem to be in the $1200-$1800 range. Cubs and Cub Lowboys in comparable condition and options always seem to go a little higher. You do see a lot them that have a starting bid of $2500 or $3500 but most of them never sell.
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