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Re: 4000 3cyl hours

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Sean in PA

11-08-2013 10:14:05

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I pretty much agree with Paul. I have a '73 4000 with the 201 gasoline engine and it is a brute. Most everything on it is overbuilt for the hp that it puts out. I have no idea how many hours mine has, as the proof meter cable was busted when I got it. I don't really care, but I assume that it's way more than what the proof meter says. It was a state highway mower for the first 15 years of its life, so I figure it was run at least 5 to 8 hours a day, 5 days a week in the nicer weather for those 15 years, which would be at least 4000 hours or so, but when I got it the meter only had 1710 hours on it. The guy I bought it from got it from the second owner, and he didn't have much information about the person he bought it from, but he claims that he only used it to clear a 2 acre field twice a year with the brush hog that came with it for the 10 years that he owned it. So I figure that it probably has anywhere from 5000 to 8000 hours on it, and the engine runs like it's new.

The only thing Paul mentioned that probably doesn't apply is the part about the power assist steering cylinder. The 4000's only had an external cylinder from 1965 through July of 1970, and then switched to a system that had the cylinder internal to the steering column in August of 1970, so if it is a "70's 4000" as you say, then it likely has the later power steering setup if it has power steering.

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