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FIRESCOOBY
12-30-2006, 11:54 AM
Got a line on a new in April 2006 Lesco 36" WB. It has around 30-40 hours on it and comes with a spare set of blades and belts.

I don't know ANYTHING else about it right now or about Lesco's in general. He is supposed to be sending me some pictures and more information today.

Do you thing this unit would be worth $2500? It won't be my main mower, but I have 2-3 yards that it would be safer to use a WB vs. my ZTR.

Thanks, any information is appreciated.

Sportsturf
12-30-2006, 12:06 PM
Im pretty sure you could buy that unit new from Lesco for 2500, or less.

Uranus
12-30-2006, 12:11 PM
http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=170199&highlight=price+paid
Was there a lesco in here.
I paid $2,700 plus tax for my 2006 36" exmark metro back in april.
If it is a leftover then I would start off at 2 grand and see what happens.

LawnTamer
12-30-2006, 12:45 PM
That is a little over-priced. I found the 36" belt drive Lesco to be a little underbuilt. The front wheels are off-set, which seems like a good idea, but it kept causing incessant yoke problems and uneven tire wear. It also required near constant adjustment to keep tracking straight. It did deliver a nice cut.
Spend $200 more and get a new Toro T-bar, you get a much better built machine, 2 more HP and the T-bar controls which are light-years ahead of pistol grips. Demo one.

FIRESCOOBY
12-30-2006, 12:53 PM
That is a little over-priced. I found the 36" belt drive Lesco to be a little underbuilt. The front wheels are off-set, which seems like a good idea, but it kept causing incessant yoke problems and uneven tire wear. It also required near constant adjustment to keep tracking straight. It did deliver a nice cut.
Spend $200 more and get a new Toro T-bar, you get a much better built machine, 2 more HP and the T-bar controls which are light-years ahead of pistol grips. Demo one.

This unit is a Hydro unit.

MTR
12-30-2006, 01:36 PM
Got a line on a new in April 2006 Lesco 36" WB. It has around 30-40 hours on it and comes with a spare set of blades and belts.

I don't know ANYTHING else about it right now or about Lesco's in general. He is supposed to be sending me some pictures and more information today.

Do you thing this unit would be worth $2500? It won't be my main mower, but I have 2-3 yards that it would be safer to use a WB vs. my ZTR.

Thanks, any information is appreciated.


I got a used 52" Turf tracer for $2500, with lesco, I won't spend over $1500 with hydro 36".

FIRESCOOBY
01-01-2007, 03:13 PM
Ok, need some more help. I offered the guy $1750 and he countered with $2350. I think I could get it for $2000. He says the display reads 16.9 hours, comes with bagger, spare blades and belts. Gonna try to upload some pictures. Would $2000 be a bad deal?

Thanks
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FIRESCOOBY
01-01-2007, 03:18 PM
Also, here are the model numbers he sent me.

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JohnsonLawn
01-01-2007, 03:37 PM
Machine looks like new from pics. I am not sure what they go for brand new, but I think it is around $3200.00. If you need a new machine and think the 36" will be something that you will use, then I say go for it. Tough to get a machine in that condition for under the price of a new belt drive. I would only buy it if you need it though. Good luck

FIRESCOOBY
01-01-2007, 03:47 PM
Thanks for the reply.

I definitely need a WB. There is one account in particular that has a large fenced in back yard. It has a 60" gate, so getting the ZTR in there isn't a problem. Problem is that the back is shaded by the house and lots of tree cover, and is damp even if it hasn't rained in quite a while. The back yard is also at about a 25-35 degree slope. Twice this year I slid into the chain link fence. One of those times I had to dismantle a 20-30' section to get the mower out. It turned a 30 minute yard into 2 hours. Stretching fence by yourself and ratchet straps isn't fun. After that I used the 21" on it, and of course it doesn't cut the very thick and fast growing fescue nearly as well.

I also have 3 or 4 other accounts that I would definately use the WB on if I had one. I even turned down a VERY nice a lucrative account last year because the back yard only had a VERY steep and 90 degree turn leading down to it. It was very large and using the 21" would not have been cost effective. I quoted him $100/ week JUST FOR mowing IF I had a WB and he said "OK".

Keep the opinions coming...need to let this guy know something tonight.

JohnsonLawn
01-01-2007, 03:52 PM
Sounds to me that NOT having this WB is costing you money and lost clients. Grab it while you can, but try to work the angle for the best deal you can get. On the property you described, this mower would do far less turf damage and would be alot safer for you to operate. You may not fine a deal like this again, so jump on it.

FIRESCOOBY
01-01-2007, 03:59 PM
Sounds to me that NOT having this WB is costing you money and lost clients. Grab it while you can, but try to work the angle for the best deal you can get. On the property you described, this mower would do far less turf damage and would be alot safer for you to operate. You may not fine a deal like this again, so jump on it.

Yeah, that's what I was thinking also. Now just gotta convince the wife. The reason this guy is sticking to $2350 is because he has a loan for that amount on the mower. I was fortunate and blessed enough this year that I can afford to buy it outright. I took a big leap this year and had to spend $9k to get started. I did good, and paid everything off, and able to bank some cash for a WB, upgrade to an enclosed trailer, and hopefully trade my Mini-Z in on another ZTR with a larger motor.

JohnsonLawn
01-01-2007, 04:03 PM
Just wondering if this is your only occupation. I am guess from your screen name you are involved in the fire services

FIRESCOOBY
01-01-2007, 04:10 PM
Just wondering if this is your only occupation. I am guess from your screen name you are involved in the fire services

I do lawn care PT. I work FT as a fire engineer (driver) in metro Atlanta. My wife quit work about 14 months ago to be a stay at home mom. I've always wanted to do this, but never had the "nuts" to do it. Well, when she quit work...didn't have a choice...LOL. I've operated heavy equipment/ grading in the past and had a skid steer business (should have never got out of it). Hope that in 3-5 years can get back into landscape installation, grading, etc.

ed2hess
01-01-2007, 04:12 PM
I don't see buying a piece of equipment for a couple jobs. And then you say you need to get rid of a 2005 unit for a bigger one.....? You make money by keeping the overhead down!

JohnsonLawn
01-01-2007, 04:15 PM
Good for you. There is nothing like working for yourself. Good luck and let me know how sweet talking with the wife goes. Hopefully you will have a new mower soon.

FIRESCOOBY
01-01-2007, 04:33 PM
I don't see buying a piece of equipment for a couple jobs. And then you say you need to get rid of a 2005 unit for a bigger one.....? You make money by keeping the overhead down!


I agree with everything you say. The Mini-Z was bought with not really knowing EXACTLY what I would need. The 19hp just isn't enough motor much of the time. I'm gonna see how it does this year, but the thick, irrigated, sodded Bermuda yards really whoop on it.

As far as the WB, I do need it for some current accounts, and I don't wanna turn any accounts down that would be profitable, but I'm not equipped for them.

G.M.Landscaping
01-01-2007, 05:45 PM
I use all Lesco's myself. That mower new here is $3599+ 208 for bagger. After taxes $4073. So your getting a great deal.

FIRESCOOBY
01-01-2007, 09:41 PM
Thanks guys, offered him $1850...so we'll see how it goes. I think I'm gonna go ahead and get it even if he sticks to $2k.

FIRESCOOBY
01-02-2007, 11:07 AM
Well, we ended up agreeing on $1850. Going to pick it up today.

Thanks everyone.

Grass-Masters
01-02-2007, 11:33 AM
Sounds like you stole it, good luck with your new machine.

FIRESCOOBY
01-02-2007, 07:21 PM
Well, got it home this evening. It had 17 hours on it after I run it a few minutes. Came with the LESCO fabric bagger and regular chute, set of blades still in the box, two sets of spare belts, and only has a couple of scratches on the entire machine.

The controls are VERY tight. It doesn't quite track straight, wondering if it's still the tight controls or something needs adjustment. I think it might be the controls, because it seems to track the way of the last control used.

All in all I think I got a good deal for $1850.

greengiant9963
01-02-2007, 09:12 PM
You did get a great deal. The mower looks like it is practically new. Was looking at getting the exact same mower a few years back for a dozen gated lawns the Z's wouldn't fit it. Would have loved to find a deal like $1,850. Goodluck with your mower.

Grits
01-03-2007, 01:36 AM
Great deal! Congrats.

Godfather
01-03-2007, 05:37 PM
nice steal, good luck!

FIRESCOOBY
01-03-2007, 05:52 PM
Does anyone know if manufacturers warranties cover the machine even if sold? Just curious.