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It all depends on the motors..... bottom bearings whether it is siezed, completely worn out.
I like to see them in real time.........
I got one on right for $8 at tip shop and on left for $20... I like them mowers....
speedy


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All I will pay on non running Victas is $10 because you have to take a complete gamble

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Hi Mitch, Speedy and Norm

I was surprised seeing a starter make around $50 on eBay ,if you can buy the complete mower for $10 and
sell the starter for $50 there's no point in fixing the mower because the parts would sell for
around the same price as a repaired mower would sell for.


I've seen a few people with restored vintage mowers dismantle the mowers and sell the parts
on eBay for more than they would get for the mower.

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You wouldn't make much profit with the prices the seller wants for those.

I have a side throw ute base like the right one with missing flap and a couple of tiny rust penetration holes. Worth selling? Scaly underneath but otherwise useable and solid.


Ahh, if only victa had kept producing the thumblatch catcher series, they would be in better shape today!
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A good running ute is worth around $100 Mf ,not sure if anyone would buy a rusty base it may sell if good
wheels and axles are still there.

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Hi Max,
Not a hope in hell for me to get $100 for a ute, best I get is $80. I have pulled all my mowers off gumtree, I put the prices up and not one phone call so it is just not worth my effort dealing with the idiot factor, I will start putting them back later in the year when the mowing season starts and that will probably be the end of it for me. My cost neutral hobby is no longer enjoyable because of the idiots

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Don't despair NK, they may jump in value by then when Powertorque motors become less available and you may be able to command the magic three figure amount relatively easily. I think the days of sub $100 levels for used working Victa 2 strokes or Briggs with good sound bodies are coming to an end as people realise what the alternative is.
I have noticed asking prices on Ebay have increased (sometimes to ridiculous levels) as well a Gumtree.


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Hi Norm and Mf

I've sold 11 utes recently all made at least a $100 ,didn't paint them but I gave up selling 2 stroke rear discharge
mowers years ago Norm ,I would have to sell them for $60 and still it would take weeks to sell ,even if the Victa had an alloy base.The collectable models do ok though. The rear discharge 2 stroke is still impossible to get a decent price
for here at the moment ,I've listed a few .

The utes took a fair while to sell ,if i was selling 4 strokes I would have sold 4 times as many in the same time.

"Dealing with the idiot factor"
I mostly don't get that problem because I won't fix their mower for less than a shop would charge ,but will
sell a complete mower cheaper than a shop.

Ute below from eBay .

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Hi maxwestern,
what premium if any would a large tank get?


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Hi Max,
The idiot factor is mostly from gumtree replies there is a bit of it with fixing peoples equipment but I don't do a lot of that, it is just that a lot of these have been fiddled with before they come to me. I still have 50 tested 2 stroke motors sitting on the shelf, not sure what I am going to do with them.
And then again if sidethrow utilities sell then it is very easy from me to cut the side out of a base and turn a rear chute into a sidethrow. Bit of work making up the chute and flap but not too hard. Might build one for kicks and giggles when it rains one day and I'm stuck in the shed.

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Hi Mf and Norm
Originally Posted by Mowerfreak
what premium if any would a large tank get?

You would get the occasional person Mf that's looking for the larger tank but I don't think most people
would need the larger tank because if you had a lot to mow ,you would use a Victa 24 or a ride on/self drive mower.

I've never looked to see what the bigger ute fuel tanks sell for though Mf.

Originally Posted by NormK
And then again if sidethrow utilities sell then it is very easy from me to cut the side out of a base and turn a rear chute into a sidethrow. Bit of work making up the chute and flap but not too hard. Might build one for kicks and giggles when it rains one day and I'm stuck in the shed.

If you cut the side of the mower out Norm it affects the air discharge rate because the back section of the mower blades
are not shrouded like the utilities are , grass would clog the back of the mower unless you used a mulching plug, if you
made a rear side shoot ,the mower may sell better as people have the choice of using a catcher or not.

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Probably right Max, pretty easy to make up a rear chute out of 2mm sheet metal and just have it mounted on the hinges in the usual manner. I know a lot of people tie the rear flap up with string so there might be a market for the rear chute idea. I will knock one up and see if there is any interest
This is one I just knocked up, I will build this one up as a rear sidethrow and see if there is any interest in it. I have seen plenty of people with green up to their knees from mowing with the flap tied up. With this setup it is a case of simply removing the sidethrow flap and fitting the catcher door straight back on.
Another thought is with this setup I can offer a mower with a rear sidethrow door and in a couple of minutes it can be fitted back with the door and catcher, makes the mower dual purpose very easily

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NormK and maxwestern you've talked me into holding onto the scaly chute that was attached to a worn out steel base. I ended up putting it's motor onto this ute base.

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Hi MF,
I had one of those chutes fitted on a 24 recently, any idea what they are off?

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Hi Norm and Mf

I've a few of these Victa grass deflectors but never got around to trying one on a lawn ,I wonder
how effective they are with long grass .I'm sure I have an original one for a Powertorque steel
base mower that just clips in under the rear discharge flap.

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Hi

I have been using just an L shaped piece of steel that screws to the existing rear flap. Works fine in long grass on Victas ,Rovers and Sanlis. The piece of steel keeps the flap up and is held against the mower by the spring. Takes about 5 min to make.

Been doing this for years
Not as good as a Utility. Mower is a bit heavier and it does clog a little in very long grass but it's easy to unclog by tilting the mower backwards so the flap lifts up a bit. Leaves a big clump of clippings though.

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G'day Norm ,Mf and Jeff

The new one Norm has made looks like it should work ,I can see mounting the deflector on the rear flap
would be quicker to fit / remove , but it's not too difficult sliding the hinge pin in and out.

The only other problem I can see is that the Victa deflector is designed so the grass does not discharge
over the left hand rear wheel compared with some home made deflectors.


I've found my original defector from the eighties and cut some grass ,the deflector
worked well ,it just clips in under the spring in the rear flap.

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I remember our neighbour had one for their wind up starter Corvette and it worked well. Surprised more people didn't use theirs. Obsession with getting rid of clippings instead of feeding the lawn.


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Hi
I suppose mine does discharge over the rear wheel but it's never caused a problem even on one of our blocks which is very stony. Been using that way for over 10yrs.

I have never thought about that much. Could put a small barrier on that side as well but I doubt it's worth it.

Jeff

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