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What is the chance of getting a good used Poulan 20 hp 42 inch cut? I am buying a used one for 300. One of the spindles is broken. Is this a good deal? Any known issues with these? Its not a pro.

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Checck price on spindle, as they may run a high price

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A: Is the blade on right?

B: Is the belt on the pulley?

C: Is the blade tight on the spindle?

D: Does the spindle turn freely with the belt off?

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