Age and Value of a Sear's Reel Mower?

I have a Sear's Craftsman 18 inch reel self propelled mower in really good shape. It has a 3 hp cast iron motor, model 536816900. How can I find the age and value of this mower?


By Keith

Reel mower with a very small motor.

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February 4, 20140 found this helpful

This mower, going by the model number on the frame, was sold at Sears stores from the summer of 1976 through the fall of 1977.

The model and serial number on the engine can be found on the shroud near the cylinder head. I know off the top of my head the model for the engine is 143.661062 (Tecumseh: H30-35312M).

Example of numbers to find on the engine shroud: 143.661062 SER 6087B.

Thank you,
Benjamin "Ben" Edge

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May 7, 20190 found this helpful

Your comment on the mower, you mentioned the units that followed, I have a Craftsman 536-81998 RDO. I collect old mowers and have not seen one of these before, Vertical Shaft engine, on a Reel mower, It is not all that old, but odd.


Any help on years or info about it ? Thank You, Dennis M

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May 23, 20210 found this helpful

I have one of those. It is in VERY good shape. except one thing. I have it apart right now working on the clutch. It's haveing trouble pulling itself. I even have the original book. Some rich guy in Carmel Indiana had it. It has a new grass catcher and the guy sent it out to get it serviced and had new original tires put on it and the reel sharpened. If you have any info on the cone clutch, any help would be appreciated.

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February 10, 20140 found this helpful

Keith, I wanted to remind you that your machine was made as early as January 1976, and that the first retail sales would have occurred around that July. However, this machine would've been sold no later than 1978 (it was on clearance sale in 1979, when it was replaced by a revised model 536.816901 and then 536.816902).


Possible sales years: 1976, 1977 or 1978
Engine model no.: 143.661062 (Tecumseh H30-35312M)

What would the date code be on the unit frame, where the model number is also? Example: 6255 (9/11/1976)

As to the engine's date code, it would look like this (it's stamped on the shroud, after the model number): 6234B (8/21/1976).

Thank you, Benjamin "Ben" Edge

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October 26, 20150 found this helpful

Any idea what this is picture. We have this and the blades are different than any other I've seen.

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October 26, 20150 found this helpful

I wonder if it is a de-thatcher?

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January 18, 20220 found this helpful

What is the value on a three horsepower Sears 1977

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