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I've been floating around on the facebook for sale pages, and have noticed that it seems that a lot of mowers/blowers go for real cheap. I was thinking about buying some of these up and fix them up on nights and weekends for a little extra cash to help fuel my car addictions. Has anyone ever done this and made a nice chunk of change?
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if you do i'll even drive to G-RAP and buy one reeeal cheap after your done fixing it

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probably should talk to the city about what I can, and can't do. My neighbors got in trouble with the city for fixing cars in their duplex's garage.
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You have to buy at the right price. Then how much of a complete job do you want you do? Just get it running?

What I have found, people do not want to pray up for something that's been gone over, tuned, reconditioned. They are not going to pay more for that new carb, new belts, for that tube up. That's why you have to buy at the right price so you have room to come down in price.

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You have to buy at the right price. Then how much of a complete job do you want you do? Just get it running?
I've gotten a few curb finds where I put more time and money into a machine than they were worth, "just because I had to find out why they didn't run in the first place".

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probably should talk to the city about what I can, and can't do. My neighbors got in trouble with the city for fixing cars in their duplex's garage.
fixing other peoples vehicles in your garage is a completely different animal. there is both safety and legal issue to deal with there. i can't really see the city saying much about fixing snowblowers in your driveway. what is the worst that happens if it breaks? no one gets hurt if it possibly breaks. also having good neighbors helps a lot. if no one complains there is usually no issue. i have done all sorts of work in my driveway and never had an issue with the town but i got pretty good neighbors. i am constantly buying/selling and fixing small engines at my place and have been for years. i have had fleets of snowblowers in my driveway and no one has ever said a thing.

as far as facebook goes it can be hit and miss on the good deals. i have gotten a few good deals. it can definitely be real hit or miss on whether you get a good deal sometimes. i know the most recent snowblower i picked up would have been one of them machines that would have been borderline with all the stuff that is wrong with it if i had to buy all the parts it needed new. luckily i had some used parts sitting around so if i decided to sell it i would make some good money on the deal

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I've gotten a few curb finds where I put more time and money into a machine than they were worth, "just because I had to find out why they didn't run in the first place".
never had that problem here most of the time people put stuff to the curb just because it has bad gas in it. if a good carb cleaning doesn't fix it them i don't usually waste too much more time on the machine especially if it is a lawn mower. i will usually save the deck tho. i know new ones tend to rot out so i can stick a new motor on an old deck. i know that is how i got my buddy a 6.5hp push mower. the thing is a tank.

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You have to buy at the right price. Then how much of a complete job do you want you do? Just get it running?

What I have found, people do not want to pray up for something that's been gone over, tuned, reconditioned. They are not going to pay more for that new carb, new belts, for that tube up. That's why you have to buy at the right price so you have room to come down in price.
i suppose thats right i have done pretty well in the last year i have bought and sold about 50 items.

my advice is get the piece of equipment running like it should people dont care what was done just that it starts and operates like it should.

i have moved to just buying and selling more then fixing. you would be surprised what things go for in the offseason. i just pick them up and store them then sell them for max money in high season.

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The mowers I was seeing on FB were John Deere riding mowers from the 80s-90s for $100-$200.
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