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I recently aquired an old LT1036 Craftsman Mower. Or at least it looks old (in style, not in shape). I can not find the model number on it. It's actually, one of 3 Craftsman Riding Mowers I have.

I was having problems with the 1st one I purchased last fall off Craig's list, and I was telling my manager at work this spring about it. He said he had one he would sell me that was non-running, and just needed a starter. It was a 96' with a kohler engine, and hydro-static transmission. Said he would sell it to me for $150.00. Then he said he had a much older one too, that was not running, and if I would haul it away, he'd basically give me a $25.00 discount, and sell both for a combined total of $125.00. So I went and looked at them. Both were in excellent shape, aside from not running. He showed me was wrong with the newer one, and I took his work for it, that it was the starter at the time. I purchased both, and brought them home.

After looking into the newer 96' with the kohler engine, the only thing actually wrong with it, was a fuel safety solenoid. It's now running and mowing great. All I did to the LT1036, was clean the carb, put a battery, and spark plug in it-- Now it's running and mowing great. And the rider I had before those 2, just needs a belt, and it will be going as well.

Next weekend, I'm having a garage sale. I think I'm going to keep the 96', but sell the the other 2 riders, since it's the newest. I can't tell you what year, and model the 1st Craftsman mower is off the top of my head. I can look when I get home, and post it. But both it and the 96' have the model # under the seat. The LT1036's seat does not seam to tip forward, and I spent a little time trying to look elsewhere for the model # on it, but have had no success. Any suggestions on where to look? Any suggestions on what to sell used riding mowers for? I don't know if the LT1036 is considered to be vintage or not, but it's the oldest 1 I have, and you can tell they don't make them like it anymore. It's very simplistic, and has the heavier duty design, as opposed to the newer ones with all the plastic.
 

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The price that you will get is dependent upon the area in which you live. Some areas will bring double the price of others. If you have a working machine that seems to run and cut well I see no reason you should ask less than $250 for it, maybe more. As for the older unit you could look for a model number on the engine itself and cross reference that. If it is indeed an actual garden tractor vs. a lawn mower you might be able to get a bit more out of that one as it will handle some ground engaging attachments.
 

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I live in northern Indiana. I'll take closer look when I get home to see if I can find any numbers. And try to post some pictures of my mowers. My 1st mower that I bought last fall I paid $220 for. But this spring, I realized that it does not have the correct mower deck on it. It appears to have a 36" Craftsman deck on a 42" Craftsman mower. It works, and runs good. I just kinda feel like I was a fool on that transaction. I suppose if I spent $220 on it, someone else might. I think it may be out of the very early 90's or 80's. I'll have to look it up again.

I feel like I pretty much "stole" the LT1036, which appears to be a much older design. So maybe that makes up for the other transaction. But looking at the LT1036, I just get this feeling that it's worth at least what I paid for the 1st mower...Maybe even a little more. I was thinking along your lines, and to at least ask $250.00 for the LT1036. How do I determine if it's a garden tractor?
 
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