How To Sell an Old Scrap Lawn Mower To A Scrap Yard

Scrap metal lawn mower with cast aluminum deck for metal recycling salvage

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Old lawn mowers and small engines are a great source of scrap aluminum and steel. Unfortunately, it is far too time consuming to take a whole small engine apart to separate into non-ferrous metals (using the magnet test).  The trick for those of us selling them for scrap metal, however, is getting a fair price for the value of the metal.

A number of scrap yards have a problem with lawn mowers; there is too much contamination for them to pay anything other than general scrap prices. (they would love to buy them from you, but only at the lowest grade possible) The thing is, we all know there is more metal value than just light iron in a small engine, even if there happens to be a little oil and plastic coming along with it. For one thing, there is always a large amount of aluminum castings.

So if we know that scrap yards don’t like them, and we know they are more valuable than scrap, why do scrappers constantly sell them to scrap yards?

A broken or failing lawn mower can be sold to a small engine mechanic as is. Don’t scrap it if you can help it!

Small engines mechanics have a great knack for salvaging useable parts from a real POS lawnmower. It just takes a few local connections, and you will be able to make 2 or 3 times as much by selling a lawnmower to somebody for parts than you would if you sold it to a scrap yard.

I suggest posting ads on craigslist saying things like, “selling many broken lawnmowers for parts, extra cheap!” and that will draw in perspective buyers. If you just have a single lawn mower and don’t plan on getting more any time soon, then a simple “broken lawn mower for parts” should work ok.

Once you realize that selling a lawnmower for parts is the only worthwhile option, then the rest of this article may seem meaningless to you… until you start buying scrap back from the mechanics you networked with!

That’s right: a beautiful symbiosis can be formed: you sell them broken lawnmowers and they sell you their scrap metals.

Here is what to look out for:

Small Engines and Transmissions

These are engines from weed eaters to lawn mowers. The aluminum castings in these whole engines are dirty and very contaminated with steel. That is why small engines are almost always considered “aluminum breakage.” (remember, every scrap yard is different with their categories. Some may call this “irony aluminum” but the price should be about the same.)If you have some time, you can try pulling out the more valuable non-ferrous, but be aware that it will be time consuming! The aluminum breakage is worth ~.3¢ per pound. So a motor from a lawnmower would be worth ~$4-$8.

How To Remove a Scrap Lawnmower Engine 

 

Small transmissions and differentials can also be found in the mowers with self propulsion, or on riding/tractor mowers. These parts are also aluminum breakage. (But like I said these parts are all worth much more to someone as parts)

Scrap Aluminum Castings and Scrap Aluminum Lawn Mower Decks

A simple magnet test will show you which parts of the mower are aluminum. Don’t make the mistake of throwing a lawnmower with an aluminum deck into the shred pile! A small aluminum deck is usually worth about ~$5 when separated from the mower. Of course, if you are willing to separate the whole aluminum deck from the mower cleanly (without breaking) then you can easily sell the deck for 4x scrap cast aluminum price. Some scrap yards will buy the whole mower (if it has an aluminum deck) at aluminum breakage price.

Dont’s:

  • Don’t sell a lawn mower to a scrap yard unless you have no other way to sell it. The mowers and parts are worth so much more than scrap price (especially plastic pieces that are virtually worthless as scrap)
  • Don’t sell a mower to a scrap yard without first pulling the aluminum breakage engine first!
  • Don’t forget to check to see if the mower deck is cast aluminum
  • Don’t let oil and gas pour out all over your work area!
  • Don’t Sell the mower without first pulling out the gasoline!
Good Luck Scrapping!
joseph young May 20, 2013 at 10:52 am

looking at selling parts from 2009 cub cadet 2550 heavy duty engine no longer any good

Samantha October 28, 2013 at 8:49 pm

It is 4:49 here in VA.

Mower_Peeps March 20, 2014 at 7:49 am

We buy any, and ALL junk or unwanted mowers. Riding mowers, push mowers, parts or all. NOTHING is too old. We love the old garden tractors from the 60s 70s 80s. We are also interested in farm tractors.
We are located in Mayville MI 48744.
We pick up all over the state of Michigan.

Mark April 2, 2014 at 12:35 pm

I have a great 2004 Troy-Built Pony (Model 13AN689G766) that I’ve parted out: everything is good except the connecting rod and crankcase on the Briggs engine (Model 31C707-0154-E1). let me know if your interested in any of the parts.

glenn October 6, 2016 at 9:42 am

did you now where the “Mower Peeps” are in Maryville MI. Do you happen to have an phone number? sorry to bother you but cant find the “Peeps”…

Klikes April 15, 2014 at 11:48 am

I have a Massey Ferguson 12 garden tractor almost complete. Any interest?

Mower_Peeps April 15, 2014 at 2:24 pm

Yes I can use it. Please let me know whats wrong with it, (if known) and if its complete, and what you are expecting for it. Last, please let me know where you are located.

Regards,
Tom

Klikes April 30, 2014 at 9:11 pm

I have a Massey 12 garden tractor. Any interest?

Klikes April 30, 2014 at 9:09 pm

Any interest in a M

Mower_Peeps April 30, 2014 at 10:25 pm

Yes I am interested in the Massey. Please call me nine eight nine, five two eight, zero two six nine.

Willard Privett October 5, 2015 at 1:21 pm

Actually it is supposed to be 9am to 6pm thanks agzin

Austin March 20, 2016 at 2:39 pm

I have an old Troy Bilt riding lawn mower W/ 24 hp Briggs and Stratton engine, the engine works but the pulley system underneath is all bent. I would love to get ride of it.

Patricia Pendred June 3, 2016 at 8:07 pm

Have 12 year old craftsman riding lawnmower. Governor went out. Also have old red Ranch King (about 24 years old )-runs but goes out of gear at times. No mowing deck on Ranch King. Want to sell both. Please let me know if interested.

sang June 24, 2014 at 6:37 am

frank sinatra is dead

shanetta September 16, 2015 at 10:56 pm

Hello Mower_Peeps, I have two lawnmowers that I would like to get rid of. I don’t know what is wrong with them but I cannot get them to start, although I think the problem is minor. They are located in Warren, Michigan. Could you use?

Fernando from San Anto September 17, 2015 at 7:53 pm

A metal salvage yard will pay $4.21 for every 100 pounds in San Antonio TX; it is a whole lot better to get 10 to 15 dollars for a mower that is not working which will only weight about 35 to 7 5 pounds. I will gladly pay you for your machine that is not working and use the parts to fix my own mowers that break down. I will even go pick it up. How is that for service?

Jim March 16, 2017 at 2:58 pm

Got mowers needs to sell.😂 please contact? Blanco TX

Joey morgan October 18, 2015 at 4:47 am

I have a really great murray 16 h.p late 2000 model lawn mower 42 inch deck. And a 98 yard machine with a twin 17.5 h.p. motor. Both run great. I received a new zero turn in an inheritance so I really don’t have a lot of use for these anymore. What should I do with them. What about just selling parts off the older one would it be worth it to get more. And also is anyone interested on them? 270 445 1749

hasani brown December 31, 2015 at 2:12 am

I have two riding lawn mowers they are both craftsman riding mowers.one is a 2000 the other is a 2002 they don’t run but they don’t have any serious problems either easy fix if any one wants them call sonic a 757 3198734

Judy February 21, 2016 at 3:38 pm

Dad left me 20 old lawn mower engines-most are B and S. I hate to sell them for peanuts, as dad put a lot of time and effort into his hobby. The most I’ve been offered by a local lawn mower repair place is 100. for all of them. Seems a shame to let them go. Suggestions?
Thank you.

Judy February 21, 2016 at 3:39 pm

Dad left me 20 old lawn mower engines-most are B and S. I hate to sell them for peanuts, as dad put a lot of time and effort into his hobby. Suggestions where I could sell them.

Rick March 30, 2016 at 1:04 pm

Merging two homes.I have a Honda and Toro mower that run for sale cheap.I have a good condition Sears 5:-P snowblower cheap.We live in Andover Minnesota.

Awilda Velazquez August 11, 2016 at 7:35 pm

I have several lawnmowers some work good some can be use as parts echoes, briggs, craftmans, and john deers I also have edges, trimmers, weed wackers, even a utilities trailer and a craftsman riding lawnmower in good working condition plus much more my cell phone is 1.856.870.8158

Awilda Velazquez August 11, 2016 at 7:37 pm

I have several lawnmowers some work good some can be use as parts echoes, briggs, craftmans, and john deers I also have edges, trimmers, weed wackers, even a utilities trailer and a craftsman riding lawnmower in good working condition leaf blowers wood shedderplus much more my cell phone is 1.856.870.8158

Yakov Spivak August 21, 2016 at 12:40 pm

I have Lawn Tractor Model PXT175G42 Made by Poulan. I like to sale for parts or you will be able to repair and resale. Problem I think In Engine . Electrical parts is ok. Machine 5 year old. Let me know.
Thank you.

Vikram Parikh August 26, 2016 at 12:11 pm

John Deere riding mower in working condition. Very cheap. Live in Somerville, New Jersey.

GARY TARLOV September 10, 2016 at 9:54 am

I have a small powerwasher with a Briggs and Stratton and an old 22 year old Toro wheel horse riding mower in long island ny

Jeff September 27, 2016 at 10:32 am

I have a broken Craftsmen mower for sale. Anyone in the Columbus, Ohio area interested in buying it for scrap?

glen Brittain October 6, 2016 at 8:59 am

Hi Mower Peeps. Where are you located in Maryville, Mi. What is the name of your company. Do you have a phone number. I dont know how to contact you about garden tractors. Thank you for your time and hope to hear from someone…

kelli barnett October 22, 2016 at 11:10 pm

I have a busted up john deere ride mower – it crashed a few times. Do you think anyone would want it for parts or anything? I will drive up to 60miles just to get rid of it. Help?

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