Finding a Manual for an Old Reel Mower

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Back in the day many people used a manual push mower or reel mower. If you have purchased an older model you probably have no documentation on the mower. This is a page about finding a manual for an old reel mower.
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September 26, 2019

I have a Sears model 536-81803 with Briggs motor. Would anyone know how to find a parts list for this reel mower?

I am also interested in the date of manufacture.

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September 27, 20190 found this helpful

Contact Sears.com giving same info, also check for local dealers for parts in your area!

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September 27, 20190 found this helpful

I would look on eBay for parts

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September 29, 20190 found this helpful

If you are talking about the Briggs & Stratton motor then you should be able to take it to an Ace Hardware store service department and find any part you need. They may need to see the mower to really help you find what you need.

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If you Google Sears Service Center with your zip you should be able to find a center near you. They still have records of all models and if you know what you need then they can probably order it for you. It may a generic brand but they will have a cross reference to find a part.

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September 30, 20190 found this helpful

This article gives the methodology for figuring out the motor's age:

www.hunker.com/.../how-to-determine-the-age-of-a-craftsman...

Many people don't know this, but there are many old Sears Catalogs and advertisements out on the internet. I have found them on Pinterest and just through Google Images. Some you can see various pages, some just the covers.

I have often found the ad for items when new and was able to not only confirm their age, but their original price.

As for parts, eBay is probably your best source, or if you have a local power tool repair place (we have one that does mowers, blowers, clippers, etc.) they often have parts for great prices, and lastly is to find a like mower at a swap meet or flea market and cannibalizing it for parts.

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We gave away a mower at a yard sale a few years ago to a guy who was going to use it for parts.

Post back with an update!

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May 9, 2019

I have a Scott's Silent reel mower. I'm not finding one on eBay, or anywhere else, but I'm new to this. I'd like to know the approximate value. I received it this year. It had never been sharpened, and works absolutely perfectly. I have sharpened it, and I took care in doing so. It's in perfect condition to my knowledge. I used it on my front yard and it did well. A fellow is wanting to trade it for a gas-powered mower (I haven't seen yet), and I'd appreciate it if you folks could give me an approximate value.

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May 9, 20190 found this helpful

I have seen these in the $75 range

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May 10, 20190 found this helpful

They range from 50 to 75.00 dollars.Here is a link to show you what to do on E-Bay www.thriftyfun.com/Value-of-a-Scotts-5m9-Silent-Reel...

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May 13, 20190 found this helpful

It is possible your Scott reel mower may be worth what others have quoted but I do not think you should base a decision on that value.

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Since we do not have a picture of your mower, it is difficult to compare it with any online mower.
I have not found any indication that your mower is or ever could be a collector's item so selling it would be difficult. Most sellers list heavy items as "local pick up only" which means they will not ship and the sale must be from someone in their area. This is similar to Craigslist or a yard sale.

I would say it may be difficult to sell for more than $20-25 and may not sell at that price. New or almost new Scott's reel mowers sell for $40-80 with free shipping so why not buy new?

www.ebay.com/.../372667882014?hash=item56c4bc9a1e...

www.ebay.com/.../352631420996?epid=2173629123&hash...

www.ebay.com/.../233225441349?hash=item364d51d045...

If you are not fond of using this mower and could use a gas mower then I think you should consider the value of the gas mower and decide if it something you could use as it may be a very good deal.

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July 13, 2018

I have a vintage Scotts Silent reel mower with mulch bag. What's its value?

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July 13, 20180 found this helpful

Determining value is a challenge as I would need to know the exact model and condition and then how I value is go to eBay and look at SOLD auctions and see what they are getting. If there is more than one, I average together the prices (use sold price + shipping cost).

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If none are UNSOLD, and there are just current auctions, I set up a watch on eBay and watch it to see if/when it sells and for how much.

I do this because value is only what someone will actually pay for an item. People can ask the world, but if someone won't pay for the item it is "valueless".

There was 1 vintage Scott's mower UNSOLD on eBay, someone was asking $123. All that tells me as at the moment, no one wanted to pay that much for that particular model in that particular condition on that particular auction period. Tomorrow that could change :)

It is important when doing doing the match to eBay to use the EXACT MAKE/MODEL AND CONDITION to judge the value. There are often similar items where one is VERY valuable (more rare or desirable) and one not so much. Obviously a pristine still in the box version would fetch more than one that had been run hard and hung out to dry also...so condition does matter.

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By doing apples to apples, you can be comfortable in the value of your EXACT piece.

Hope this gets you started in valuing the item.

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July 13, 20180 found this helpful

This person is asking $50.

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July 13, 20180 found this helpful

There is a similar mower listed on eBay for $50 but so far, is still unsold.
www.ebay.com/.../332703591061?hash=item4d76adea95...

  • It is not always easy to sell a vintage mower (in what kind of condition?) when a new model costs less money so that is one problem with selling vintage mowers.
  • The other problem is shipping cost.
  • And, to a seller, it can be a nightmare to pack a used mower for shipping because it cannot have a drop of gasoline in or on the outside as the smell will seep right through most packing. USPS is very strict about this but I'm not familiar with how UPS handles this.
  • That is why you will find almost all listings will have "pick up only" which means the buyer lives in their area and will pick up the mower.
  • This is essentially like a local Craigslist listing only eBay/PayPal charge fees and Craigslist does not (usually).
  • Take a look at the reel mowers that have sold on eBay over the past several months (includes some similar ones) so you can get an idea as to what people are paying but also note where the mower is located - city/state of seller. Paid prices are in green.
  • www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=vintage+Scotts...
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August 25, 2017

I have a Toro Professional 58 reel mower. It runs and mows. I would like to know if it's worth anything and how much. I also have a Flymo 2 cycle; is this worth anything? I'm cleaning out some of my stuff I've collected over the years. Thanks.

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August 25, 20170 found this helpful

I found an eBay ad for the mower for $175. m.ebay.com/.../302252312442?hash=item465fa4477a...

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August 25, 20170 found this helpful

Your Toro may be worth $350-$550 depending on the overall condition (even the cosmetic condition counts when selling) but a lot would depend on where you are located as these machines would have to be picked up.
You could list it on your local Craigslist (cleaned up and with several photos) for $500 and see if you get any takers. You can always drop the price if no one seems interested. This is something that anyone has to see and hear running before they would pay serious money.
Here are a couple of links that has information on parts and shows a good diagram of each part of the machine.

www.partstree.com/.../

www.partstree.com/.../

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August 25, 20170 found this helpful

The ad Judy is referring to is for a motor and not a mower.
As to value of your Flymo - you may have it priced a little high (your eBay listing) but then again, these are still popular and there is a lot of interest in vintage mowers right now so good luck - hope you sell it.

www.ebay.com/.../263165902538?hash=item3d45e8feca...

There is another similar mower listed but it has not been tested so the seller will probably not be able to sell his.

www.ebay.com/.../201643432049?hash=item2ef2e29871...

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May 10, 2018

I have a Craftsman reel mower, model 128.79772. I was wondering what year it was manufactured and where can I get a manual for it? I contacted Sears already and they said they have no manuals or parts for it as it was made before 1980. I am sure there are parts and knowledge about this machine, somewhere! Thanks.

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May 10, 20180 found this helpful

You could try mowersdirect.com. www.mowersdirect.com/.../400-How-to-Access-Old-Mower-Manuals...

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May 10, 20180 found this helpful

I"m not really finding anything either but I did find this one bloke in Knoxville on craigslist who is selling one for $50 knoxville.craigslist.org/.../6569634984.html

do you think you could contact him and either ask when it was made, when he got it, or if he has the manual? I know it's a stretch but he might

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July 30, 2019

Wondering if anyone has any information or manuals or anything helpful related to restoring these mowers? One is a Craftsman and the other is a Moto Mower, gas powered reel mowers.

Craftsman 536.81976
Moto-Mower 4403

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July 30, 20190 found this helpful

A great resource is the Old Lawn Mower Club. They have a forum. www.oldlawnmowerclub.co.uk/

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April 25, 2018

It is a reel type and rusty, but works. GQ3 part number GG2, 16 in, 1906.

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May 30, 20180 found this helpful

I haven't seen any comparable ones sold. I can see from the few unsold that people are asking in the mid 50s and low 40s and that they are going unsold.

One such example is www.ebay.com/.../263617270729?hash=item3d60d053c9...

Because online is not always the best way to sell hard to ship items like this, to get an accurate value for your particular area, you may want to consider checking your local tag sales or flea markets to get an idea of the value in your area.

Selling is all about supply and demand...and if there are a bunch of them out there, it drives the prices down. If they are rare in your area and someone wants one, they will be willing to pay a little more.

Hope this is helpful!

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November 24, 2017

What is value of manual reel mower? Age? It says Grass Groomer Ball Bearing on the outside of the wheels. It says Dille & McGuire Mfg. Co. Richmond Ind., made in US on the inside of one wheel.

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November 24, 20170 found this helpful

Here is one asking price of $35 on eBay. m.ebay.com/.../182245808109

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April 24, 2015

My husband passed away recently. This was one of his prized possessions, his grandfather's Briggs and Stratton motorized reel lawn mower that he used over 35 years ago.

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June 1, 20180 found this helpful

You have my deepest condolences on your loss.

Without a photo or model number it is hard to put an exact value on it as apples to apples comparisons are the rule in my world...sometimes there are similar items where one has a HUGE VALUE and the other NO VALUE. Condition is also critical as one person's excellent is another persons poor.

I want to get it right for you!

Also, you didn't say if you are asking because you want to keep or insure it. That will make a difference.

Your home owner/rental insurance agent can help you with insurance value since they are the experts.

If it is to sell...and you can offer more info, I would be happy to dig around for you.

Thanks!

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August 25, 2013

I was given an old reel mower for which I would like to have an owners manual.
The front plate says: Pennsylvania with a model number of R15 and a serial number of 40302. I would appreciate any information about this machine.

By George

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