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Value of Antique Craftsman Reel Mowers

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Older reel mowers may have some antique value for a collector or for someone who likes to use antique equipment. This is a guide about the value of antique Craftsman reel mowers.
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April 25, 20133 found this helpful

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

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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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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).

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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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March 18, 2016

I have a Craftsman reel mower with a 4 cycle engine, catch bag, and Blitz Fog Pest Control fogger. It is not currently running. Can anyone give me idea of value?

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April 1, 20160 found this helpful

Look at the type number on the engine plate and the 2'nd 2 digits will give you the year of MFG on the engine. Clean and everything working perfectly $300-$400

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April 9, 20160 found this helpful

i have one like yours, but restored and running, i value it at $150.00

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April 21, 20160 found this helpful

$20-80 non working, but up to $300 if you get it working

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November 30, 20160 found this helpful

Engine plate? Would that be the Serial Number on the plate? That number on my Jacobsen's mower is 66D21 28712

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November 30, 20160 found this helpful

Photo of Jacobsen mower

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July 6, 2018

Where would I go to figure out the value of my antique Craftsman lawn mower?

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July 7, 20180 found this helpful

The Old Lawn Mower Club has a blog and you can ask there www.oldlawnmowerclub.co.uk/

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July 7, 20180 found this helpful

To determine value, I always suggested people use eBay SOLD auctions to see what people are paying for their exact item. I only use sold because that tells me what someone will actually pay for an item, versus what someone asks for an item. People can ask a million dollars for something, but if no one is willing to pay, the item becomes valueless even if a book or expert says it is "worth" something.

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Finding sold auctions is easy. Go to eBay, type in the exact name and model number and look for the sold button (on my laptop it is to the far left of the screen). Then check to see what prices people got (this would be selling price plus postage--just remember buyers pay shipping costs so technically it adds to the value).

If there are none with the exact model number, then type the brand and look at the photos for matches. It is important only to gauge your time by an exact match as sometimes there are similar models where one is very valuable and the other not so much.

The other piece in determining value is to factor in condition. If yours is pristine, you would fetch more than one that is beat up.

A last item to help with value--I have found (and have done this) that sometimes with old mowers and such, if you are handy and can carefully take them apart (and know all the parts work) you can make more money on the parts vs the whole.

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This is because a lot of folks love their mowers and when a piece breaks, they want to fix it with real parts, vs buying a new one or using a knock off part.

Just some food for thought that I hope gets you on the road to setting a value for your piece!

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April 19, 2017

I have a Craftsman reel push mower would like to know how old it is. I'm sure it's not that old, but I really just thought it was neat with the different kind of wood handle.

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April 20, 20170 found this helpful

www.oldlawnmowerclub.co is a British website that may be able to help you.

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August 12, 20170 found this helpful

These are popular items but sometimes difficult to find information on different models.

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I was told how to find the date design was made: You may be able to verify if this correct by calling your local Sears Service Center (google Sears service center or parts and your zip code);

Look at the type number on the engine plate and the 2'nd 2 digits will give you the year of MFG on the engine.
if this is correct information then your mower would have been made in 1981.
You can always ask questions about reel mowers at;

http://www.oldl  ut/faqs/faq-list

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May 7, 2015

I recently acquired a Craftsman reel type mower, model No. 123.81. It is in decent condition and operable. I am trying to find the value in order to sell it to a reputable buyer.

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May 19, 20150 found this helpful

I believe it is only worth what another person is willing to pay for it.

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April 13, 20160 found this helpful

As a rare collector's item it is worthless.

It is a great design that goes back to 1949 and a company called Mascot has the license (they bought from Agri-Fab who bought the design from Scotts who bought from Yard Man). I have two of them.

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Clean it up, sharpen the blade and use it. It is a great mower if you have it sharpened and adjusted right.

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October 8, 2015

I have a Sears reel mower. The only # I see is S02. It looks to be a very heavy duty well made mower. I would like to see if there is any value before I get rid of it.

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June 29, 20180 found this helpful

I have seen mowers like this on eBay. Check often for about two months to see what they are selling for.

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January 2, 20150 found this helpful

I have several old reel type mowers and 2 wheel tractors. The mowers are Monarch model 518, Parkhound, Craftsman, and 2 with no name. The two wheel tractors are a David Bradley and a Planet Jr. I would like to know the value of these pieces.

By Dave F

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January 2, 20150 found this helpful

An online search will bring much information about older reel mowers and your specific mowers.

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May 27, 20130 found this helpful

How do you determine the year of an old Craftsman reel push mower? Where is the year info located on these mowers?

By D.Barnes

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May 28, 20130 found this helpful

Most lawn mowers (and many other home tools and appliances) have the manufacture date embedded in the serial number. Not sure where that is on a Craftsman mower but on other makes it's either on the motor or the housing-look for a tin plate bolted on.

Copy down the number exactly as it is on the mower then go to the Craftsman pages on Sears.com and follow the navigation links to info pages for your model and serial number.

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August 12, 20110 found this helpful

How or where can I find the value of a 1953 craftsman reel mower?

By Morris

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