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deereman
02-04-2006, 10:20 PM
OK there fellas. lets hear what your best purchase was and then your worst purchase. Let er rip.........

Lawn Masters
02-04-2006, 10:45 PM
Lets see, worst purchase? I havent purchased anything that was really bad to start with, so I guess thats not a concern.

Best on the other hand, would be my PB4600 backpack blower, which is totally awesome, followed quite closely by my husky 323L though I dont use it enough to justify a husky.

K.Carothers
02-04-2006, 10:53 PM
Best...My boat
Worst...My boat

As far as lawn equipment...I bought a 4x8 open trailer when I first started. Boy o Boy, it looked big to me until I got more into the business. Had to upgrade. I still have it and put it to use, but everytime I look at it I just shake my head:nono:

Best...FIOS internet connection to keep up with this site:rolleyes:

kc

tiedeman
02-04-2006, 10:58 PM
Best: Billy Goat WB 10 HP blower

Worst: Solo Backpack blower & WeedEater Trimmers (went through 3 in about a 2 month period)

LawnTamer
02-04-2006, 10:59 PM
OK I'll bite
I confess I've made all sorts of bad buys. Get this after 4 years as an applicator I got tired of loosing business to other LCOs that offered weekly maintenance, so I walked into Sears and asked their lawn and garden "expert":dizzy: What I needed to start a mowing business. I walked out with a 30" 10 hp "commercial" rididng mower, 2 - 22" front wheel drive 1 speed (slow) crap mowers with the big 14" rear wheels because according to their "expert":eek: that's what the pros were using. :cry:
I was young and busy and in a hurry and I paid a price but I learned.

Best puchase for mowing would be my Toro T-bar 36" gear drives, go anywhere last forever, and my load handler.:cool:

mow2nd
02-04-2006, 11:45 PM
Worst buy... was a 61 in zero turn mower, most my yards are less than 7,000 sq ft. Mower was too big and was tearing up my yards. I sold it

Best buy... Classen split drive aerater, man I love that aerater.

mslawn
02-05-2006, 12:43 AM
Encore z34 - I never liked that mower when I had it. The slightest little slope and it was like it was on ice it would slide so bad.

out4now
02-05-2006, 12:48 AM
Back in the day, best purchase good beer, worst purchase a bottle of cheap Tequila :p was sick for hours!

mcwlandscaping
02-05-2006, 12:54 AM
Worst, Dumbests, least thought out, most spotanious buy that ive made thus far: Honda rear engine rider mower (for sale boys!!!lol)

Best: either my eXmark or my Redmax

JKOOPERS
02-05-2006, 03:17 AM
best exmark mowers and redmax trimmers worst stihl bps

goodbeus
02-05-2006, 06:43 AM
Best...My boat
Worst...My boat
kc

Why is that?? I ask because I'm considering a new boat or the new Dodge Challenger when they come out...

tiedeman
02-05-2006, 06:55 AM
Why is that?? I ask because I'm considering a new boat or the new Dodge Challenger when they come out...

thank god this one will be a two door compared to the Charger

samk
02-05-2006, 07:27 AM
I here you on the boat. best buy either my billygoat blower or my jrco racke worst buy a edger i bought at home depot.

TURFLORD
02-05-2006, 08:28 AM
Best, Harley Davidson. Worst, Little Wonder edger.

Jusmowin
02-05-2006, 08:37 AM
BEST- my lazer Z and the worst was a 52 inch Toro w/b

sparcolawn
02-05-2006, 09:19 AM
best: toro z master 52" and 2 EBZ 8000 blowers, worst: 2003 chevy 3500 1 ton.... has no nut, should have gone with the diesel

MTR
02-05-2006, 11:36 AM
Best? an used 52" eXmark TTHP
Worst? a group of Ryobi trimmer & edger, blower from Lowe's!!! :cry: :cry:

palawnman
02-05-2006, 12:01 PM
best-probably my 48" Exmark HP ZTR

worst-my 2005 GMC Canyon Crew Cab...when I purchased it I just wanted something that was a 4 wheel drive and had 4 doors (b/c I have kids) and affordable. Now I regret it, doesnt have enough balls, wish I had gone with something bigger...its a lesson that is good to learn...always try to think miles ahead of where you currently are.

Ron

KS_Grasscutter
02-05-2006, 12:15 PM
Worst: Craftsman weedeater/edger
Craftsman leaf sucker-upper
Best: Montezuma CPL toolbox and a bunch of Craftsman tools. I can now do almost all of my own repairs on my machinery, which saves me some money and time.

If you have never seen one, here is a pic. off there website.

http://www.cpltoolbox.com/images/sm200b_closed.jpg

JBird
02-05-2006, 12:33 PM
best: Exmark XS and ProLockers, you have to get a set of these!
Worst: Meg-Mo's, what can I say. EVERYBODY loves them...except me i guess. shook me to death and left strips of 3-4 inch when in heavy grass.

gslawncare
02-06-2006, 04:26 PM
worst: troy bilt shredder/vac
best: redmax 8000 and 2 8*12 tarps

worst: crappy trimmers with attachments
best: echo 260 str

worst: ford ranger
best: dodge 1500

Worst: home cheapo shovels, rakes etc
best: steel or aluminum tools

worst: cheap or discount nursery stock
best: guaranteed stock in healthy condition

worst: Mannheim hooker(contracted STD and crack addiction)
best: call girl from O'hare

Marek
02-06-2006, 04:35 PM
The X wife.... by far the worst purchase ever!

Marek
02-06-2006, 04:54 PM
The boat, motorhomes, motorcycles all that was ok but that darn x.. should have gotton the extended warranty.
As far as mowers a 31hp Bunton with a 72" deck. What a piece of crap that was.Then so try to save some money we went from Exmark to Kees another big mistake.Went straight back to the exmarks.

Jpocket
02-06-2006, 04:58 PM
worst Buy: Fake BOOBs for girlFirend

BestBuy: 2002 Pequea 7X18 Tandum $400!:blob1:

MBDiagMan
02-06-2006, 05:08 PM
Best purchase = Bad Boy Lightening Z
Worst purchase = 88 Corvette

Have a great day,
Doc

MysticLandscape
02-06-2006, 05:10 PM
Best: Walker mower 48 inch GHS diesel
Worst: Encore dethatcher, just sits around for 10 months out of the year

lawnmaniac883
02-06-2006, 07:28 PM
Best: Hmmm, either the Gravely 44z or the Redmax 8000.

Worst: Ryobi trimmer when in a bind. Whata chunk of sh!t that was.

nitrotim
02-06-2006, 07:48 PM
Why is that?? I ask because I'm considering a new boat or the new Dodge Challenger when they come out...

Get the Challenger. HEMI HEMI HEMI HEMI

S man
02-06-2006, 08:01 PM
Snapper p215517hc. Honda gcv engine on it.

K.Carothers
02-06-2006, 08:46 PM
Why is that?? I ask because I'm considering a new boat or the new Dodge Challenger when they come out...

Boats are great to have, fun entertaining and therapeutic when your out on the water.
The other side they are expensive to keep, high maintenance and when you start a family ...it sits. And that $30,000 purchase will depreciate faster than your Balls in cold water.
Just because you have a boat, don't think you will be on the water all the time.
But you only live once...go for it!
kc

6'7 330
02-06-2006, 08:48 PM
Best purchases Skid steers

Worst encore mower.

vanguard
02-06-2006, 08:50 PM
worst Buy: Fake BOOBs for girlFirend

BestBuy: 2002 Pequea 7X18 Tandum $400!:blob1:


What happened? Turn out lopsided? :eek:

firefightergw
02-06-2006, 08:51 PM
Best: Bought a Cub Cadet Commercial 36" WB from kid in school. Had it half a season and lost all his yards. Had less than 20 hours on it. Paid $1,500.

Worst: Weed-eater hedge trimmer I bought when I first started. (Last year) lol

zim bob the landscaper
02-06-2006, 08:57 PM
best: bunton commercial WB 52" $300!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

worst: brintly harrow just sits in the back yard.

jtkplc
02-06-2006, 08:57 PM
Best - Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins Diesel

Worst - 5 x 10 Tilt Trailer, no room to expand...:nono:

Roger
02-06-2006, 09:14 PM
Snapper p215517hc. Honda gcv engine on it.


Was this purchase the good or bad?

mcwlandscaping
02-06-2006, 09:23 PM
goodbeus, youve never heard the saying the two best days when you have a boat was the day you bought it and the day you sold it (goes something like that) Go with the car!

jacob land and
02-06-2006, 09:26 PM
im with jtkplc i didnt really even have room for a 48" walk behind on mine, moved up to a custom built 18 footer.

S man
02-06-2006, 10:15 PM
Was this purchase the good or bad?

Oh I'm sorry.

:) Best- Snapper mrp215518b 21" I'm using now
:cry: Worst- Snapper p215517hc What I got the second year of lawns.

:) Best- Echo pb 403
:cry: Worst- Snapper (Poulan) leaf blower. The one with the gas tank on the side.

:) Best- Yardman 3in1 with tecumseh
:cry: Worst- Murray side discharge with 4.5 briggs

:) Best- Xbox
:cry: Worst- Nintendo 64

:) Best- Halo and Halo 2
:cry: Worst- Goldeneye

:) Best- Snapper slide bag kit
:cry: Worst- Snapper rear door bag kit

smarino21
02-06-2006, 11:21 PM
Best- going into an enclosed trailer for cutting instead of open
Worst- billy goat leaf vac thing works for **** with out a dump body or dump truck

another /? to you guys that walk behind i got just rider how much better is hydro if you are not using it just employee is ?

nobagger
02-07-2006, 05:50 AM
I haven't really had a "bad buy" but the best is my 36" Metro HP

lawnboy dan
02-07-2006, 03:32 PM
best =93 toro 32proline for 600$ -still working great 5 years later. worst my snapper 33 rider. great for leaves but worthless for cutting grass. plus its always breaking down.

kirk brown
02-07-2006, 04:04 PM
worst- 1984 fiero(yikes)
best 36" husky w/b

S man
02-07-2006, 05:42 PM
Nobagger, what snapper 21" do you have?

bull454
02-07-2006, 05:45 PM
Best 2000 F-250 diesel

Worst 1999 GMC Suburban 2500

TXLAWNBOY
02-07-2006, 06:01 PM
Best - 20' boat trailer given to us (free) currently being converted to lawn trailer.
Worst - MTD edger (when I first started)

Best - 2002 F-150 I bought in Dec.
Worst - 2003 Ranger bought new, traded for 2002 f-150

Potomac Lawns Inc.
02-07-2006, 07:35 PM
Best 7x14 dump trailer
Worst John deere string trimmer that was about 3 years ago never go back to them

lonnie
02-08-2006, 01:03 AM
Best: Hopefully my new gravely 34z

goodbeus
02-09-2006, 06:10 AM
goodbeus, youve never heard the saying the two best days when you have a boat was the day you bought it and the day you sold it (goes something like that) Go with the car!

yea, I've heard that saying before...I want something that the family can do together...a boat, go cruising around the waterways or the Challenger, go cruising around the streets...decisions, decisions...:waving: :waving:

mr.glenn
02-09-2006, 07:32 AM
the absolutely worst purchase was a new chevrolet 1500 truck to be my main work truck, i found out very quickly why general motors is in so much trouble, as soon as i get something fixed another problem would develop. best purchase would have to be either my new ford f-150 or the used 60" bobcat mower i bought for 1400.00. the first owner thought the engine was on it's last leg, i tuned it up and put in a new flywheel and ran it for over two years.

mr.glenn
02-09-2006, 09:10 AM
man, it appears from reading all of these threads almost everyone has learned a lesson from buying a general motors product:

MOZE4MUNY
02-09-2006, 09:58 PM
Maybe we should see some photos of some of these "worst buys"...especially you Jpocket.

tcls83
02-09-2006, 10:19 PM
Worst List:
-Weed Eater Excalibur hedge trimmer- blades became dull quickly
-Cheapo plastic rakes- have broken 8 of them, Maybe I am just raking like a lunatic
-86 F350 460- cool truck, but rotted to hell which meant tons of problems
-Stinky couch from a friend- smelled like cat pee, got rid of it the 3 days later

Best-
-Echo PB751 backpack
-Exmark Lazer 60" w/ultravac
-Radio Headphones +MP3
-Wasp and Hornet spray can, love using those!

gqnine44
02-10-2006, 04:14 PM
Worst: 1993 Chevy 6.5 Turbo Deisel

Best: My Heavy duty brown tarp :)

Anybody notice how much of the stuff on the worst list is made by GM?

vanguard
02-10-2006, 04:38 PM
man, it appears from reading all of these threads almost everyone has learned a lesson from buying a general motors product:

But it's "Professional Grade" :eek:

ripple
02-10-2006, 06:35 PM
worst>>>. Ford back in the 80's
Best>>. every Chevy since then

JTF40
02-10-2006, 08:41 PM
Best: Kubota ZD21 w/Pro Deck
7 yr. old Lexus ES300
Front loader washing machine
My marriage license (17 yrs, ago)

Worst: Drugs
Auto Lease (20 yrs. ago)
Thats about it - I'm VERY fortunate.

zim bob the landscaper
02-10-2006, 08:49 PM
Oh I'm sorry.

:) Best- Snapper mrp215518b 21" I'm using now
:cry: Worst- Snapper p215517hc What I got the second year of lawns.

:) Best- Echo pb 403
:cry: Worst- Snapper (Poulan) leaf blower. The one with the gas tank on the side.

:) Best- Yardman 3in1 with tecumseh
:cry: Worst- Murray side discharge with 4.5 briggs

:) Best- Xbox
:cry: Worst- Nintendo 64

:) Best- Halo and Halo 2
:cry: Worst- Goldeneye

:) Best- Snapper slide bag kit
:cry: Worst- Snapper rear door bag kit
are u nuts N64 was awesome and xbox was awesome so wasnt halo and halo 2 but goldeneye 007 was a awesome.

K&L Landscaping
02-10-2006, 08:52 PM
Best- My John Deere Z-Traks, John Deere Hydro walks, John Deere 3320 Tractor

Worst- belt driven walk-behinds

METRO 36
02-10-2006, 09:05 PM
best my exmark 36

worst 21 inch yardman self prepelled mower i killed it in a month actually it still run's my wife uses it at home but man did i tear up some belt's

Richard Martin
02-11-2006, 04:34 AM
Best buys... The 2 Dixie Choppers I have bought

Worst buy... Craftsman 10 HP yard vacuum

Brendan Smith
02-13-2006, 12:34 PM
best buy - toyota trucks - get bored with same vehicle before it ever breaks and some have gone 300,000 miles plus

worst buy - all weedeaters except redmax

thisismurph
02-13-2006, 12:51 PM
best buy- peco vac w/jrco thachter
worst buy- Gator rator aerator

brucec32
02-15-2006, 03:06 AM
Best? Switching from wb's to a Lazer HP in '98.

Worst? A self propelled blower/vac purchased for just one account. The account property was sold shortly afterwards and I almost never used it again. Taught me a good lesson. Be wary of buying equipment to fit a few accounts. Better to pass those jobs up sometimes.