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Old 02-15-2013, 09:37 PM   #1
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Lawn Chief Riding mower

I am looking at a Lawn Chief Riding mower 16hp, 48in deck, hydrostat drive.It has a 16 hp horz.briggs vanguard. Were these any good.I think they were made by True Value.



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I would have to see the model #,but they were made by MTD.



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Heres a picture of the mower and engine.





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Old 02-16-2013, 11:35 AM   #4
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Thats not an original motor- were a flathead briggs or tecumseh originally - lawn cheifs pretty much have the same chassis as a dynamark, made in the late 80's - most likely AYP manufactured. Guy on YT had a few of them and they pretty much looked like my dynamarks chassis wise ( pan chassis- peerless transmissions).

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If you tilt the seat forward,you should see a manufacturer's label,that tells who it was made by/model#/ser.#/date it was built.

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I googled Lawn Chief and found this.

Is anyone familiar with a "Lawn Chief" riding lawnmower, sold by True Value hardware? The numbers on the mower are: 545 Hydro, Date-42M, Seq.-3467M, Model #-545-m, S/N-237131...15 hp 43" cut. This rider has a nice B&S OHV Vangard engine with the numbers m-280777, t-0128-01, c-9403294A.

•LAWN CHIEF (an MTD brand sold by True Value, previously made by GENERAL POWER Equipment Co.)

The B&S OHV Vangard engine must be the right motor for this mower.

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What a 16hp briggs vanguard hor.shaft motor worth?

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That is a 1994,and the engine is a vertical-shaft. The tractor,if it works well, is worth around $200-$300.

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Are you saying the mower pictured is worth 200 to 300? Or the one that I quoted that is a 15hp 38 cut. The reason I showed the other one that I found was to show that was the right motor that came in it. This is the one I am going to look at and the one pictured.Here is the add.
Lawn Chief Riding Lawn mower 16hp, 48in deck, hydrostat drive, new deck belts, new battery, new inntertubes in front tires, 1 new spindle on deck, all around good lawn mower.

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The red one,in the picture,is the one I'm talking about. I don't see any other pictures.

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Thanks for the info but how do you know its a 1994?

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The year '94 comes from the CODE on the motor - '94' is the year of the motor manufacture - that tractor is older then a 94 - the tractor stickers verify the motor isnt original ( 14HP- 44" deck) - and has too many 'dynamark' pieces on it - like the deck lift handle and rear fenders ( almost exactally like my 88 kleen kut). Ive never seen any MTD's with fenders or lift handles like that.

The other kicker is this: http://www.ordertree.com/lowes/model-part-lookup/

look under "murray" and lawn chief is there as well as MTD . Best way to be sure is check the mandrels- MTD uses a 2 piece steel mandrel, while AYP/dynamark used a cast aluminum mandrel.

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I guess I didnt make myself clear enough.dangeroustoys56's said the Vanguard was not the right motor.So I googled Lawn Chief and found this guy saying quote-

Is anyone familiar with a "Lawn Chief" riding lawnmower, sold by True Value hardware? The numbers on the mower are: 545 Hydro, Date-42M, Seq.-3467M, Model #-545-m, S/N-237131...15 hp 43" cut. This rider has a nice B&S OHV Vangard engine with the numbers m-280777, t-0128-01, c-9403294A.

That is not the mower that is pictured or the one I am talking about. That one is a 15hp 43.
The one pictured is 16hp 48 and I dont know what year.



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