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Prestige-Lawncare
12-30-2006, 12:19 PM
Let's see ...


Hustler dealer - 5 minutes away
Scag dealer - 10 minutes away
eXmark dealer - 30 minutes away


Where to buy new equipment?

Daner
12-30-2006, 12:37 PM
Let's see ...


Hustler dealer - 5 minutes away
Scag dealer - 10 minutes away
eXmark dealer - 30 minutes away


Where to buy new equipment?

They are all top notch brands In my books...they all seem very close to you...I would pick the dealer that looks like they do the best work in there shop...check out there setup...are they on coffee break all the time?? things like that. If you prefer a Exmark...I would do the drive NP.
Also a brand new machine like the brands that are listed,should not be breaking down. Best of luck on your new purchase.

LCPullman
12-30-2006, 12:55 PM
All three top notch brands. I don't think you can go wrong with any of them. If possible, try all three out in the spring. Get a feeling for what dealer is most accomodating. Find out what they will do for you if you have a problem.

tacoma200
12-30-2006, 03:33 PM
Buy the one you want. I wouldn't let that small of a drive make the difference in my choice of mowers.

JKOOPERS
12-30-2006, 04:04 PM
i drive to a dealer that is 25 mins from me even though there is one closer. the same dealer i go to is where i have bought all of my equipment . the one time I had to take my mower in they had it back to me the same day . so to me that extra drive is worth it .

Prestige-Lawncare
12-30-2006, 04:05 PM
I'm thinking either the eXmark, or the Hustler. I have had little dealings with both of those dealers years ago, but not on a commercial mower level.

True ... a new mower should have little problems if properly maintained unless you just happen to be one of the lucky ones to get a lemon. And as it was said, all of these mowers are good mowers, each having little differences that are the "pros and cons" for any given user.

What I do like about the Hustler dealer being so close is that they are really, really close to my area of work. If a time comes when I have a breakdown in the middle of the day/week that puts me down for awhile, a loaner will keep me moving without my own equipment. Also, this dealer lives local here, and is yet another local resident/businessman who helps support our local economy.

The eXmark dealer is close, I like the mowers, they are also a long established dealer in Indianapolis. Problems with equipment can easily take 3 - 4 hours out of my day running to the shop. Sure ... it's not that much time (and an additional 30 miles round trip for me) ... but time is time ... and we all know time = money.

I'm feeling that maybe eXmark may be my mower of choice, but the availability of my Hustler dealer weighs a lot. Besides ... I'm big on supporting local business ... and they are just as local as I am to my area.

See ... I've "about" got myself convinced ... decisions - decisions - decisions!

Thanks for your replies ... keep them coming!

Dave

tacoma200
12-30-2006, 04:17 PM
I can tell you from experience with these brands you need to wait and demo. And demo again in the worst possible conditions before deciding on one which one of these mowers you want. They are very different mowers and you need to get the right one for your conditions. I found the Huslter to be great on certain grass and not as good on other types. I found the Exmark to be excellent in all types of grass except wet, couldn't get used to the Scag. Three great mowers, a big decision not to be rushed into.

Prestige-Lawncare
12-30-2006, 04:29 PM
And I think that is why I am having such a hard time with this. One other thing I want to check is the difference in weight between the Hustler and the eXmark. I have heard that the Hustler is a heavy mower, therefore harder on the turf on turns especially on wet grass.

Daner
12-30-2006, 06:09 PM
And I think that is why I am having such a hard time with this. One other thing I want to check is the difference in weight between the Hustler and the eXmark. I have heard that the Hustler is a heavy mower, therefore harder on the turf on turns especially on wet grass.Weight Is a big time Issue with this ole cowboy. What Is It that your In the market for ...Wb?? I'm gathering that it's a Ztr.
Like Tac says...do the demo on them on your type of turf...2007 Is the year of changes on a lot of ztrs

brianslawncare
12-30-2006, 11:18 PM
:weightlifter: Let's see ...


Hustler dealer - 5 minutes away
Scag dealer - 10 minutes away
eXmark dealer - 30 minutes away


Where to buy new equipment?

buy a sca in northeastern pa 8out of 10 own a scag. the most dependable.

Uranus
12-30-2006, 11:32 PM
Time out- what brand of 2-cycle are you partial to. If exmark has redmax and you want echo then that may not be the best for you. I would weigh the total package of what the dealer has to offer you. You must have done some homework by now to bring the list of brands down to 3. Witch brand do you prefer. Then see what other lines they carry too. And demo, dont just settle.

RedMax Man
12-30-2006, 11:34 PM
Time out- what brand of 2-cycle are you partial to. If exmark has redmax and you want echo then that may not be the best for you. I would weigh the total package of what the dealer has to offer you. You must have done some homework by now to bring the list of brands down to 3. Witch brand do you prefer. Then see what other lines they carry too. And demo, dont just settle.
Found Ya and answered your ? about the 2600 trimmer.

Lawntime Mowers
12-30-2006, 11:37 PM
I don't have time for down-time period. Anytime I need anything my dealer is freakin awesome. As an example, they replaced my entire deck in two hours and loaned me another commercial mower to keep me going for the two hours that would have certainly been down-time.

Soooo no mater what brand I buy, it will ONLY be from a man that makes thing happen...no matter what. = NO DOWN TIME!

Good luck on your purchase...for what it's worth I'm buying an Exmark in Feb.

Uranus
12-30-2006, 11:39 PM
Also are those times from you shop? how about drive time when you in the field. Is there one that is in the middle of you routes?

LawnTamer
12-31-2006, 01:56 AM
You have 3 good brands, you need to take more into account than distance to dealer, what about price? Will you be financing? if so is someone offering 3yrs no interest like say Ex-mark?
I've never been partial to Scag, but they are good machines.
I demo'd a Hustler last year and was very impressed.
Exmark has been an industry standard for years.

Mark
12-31-2006, 02:53 AM
:usflag: You need to look to dealer support, i agree with Lawntime no excuse for downtime you need a dealer who cares for you if i breakdown in the field i can call my dealer and he will bring me a demo and pick mine up, the three mowers are all top of the line, so now find the best dealer...ps a bad dealer could put you in one heck of a messssssssss......Marks Mowing Service

Envy Lawn Service
12-31-2006, 03:16 AM
Buy the one you want. I wouldn't let that small of a drive make the difference in my choice of mowers.

Ditto....


And on a side note, I try my best to "read up" and "keep up" the best I can, and at this point, I think I would have to give the 'nod' to Scag with the Velocity Deck, or eXmark with the UltraCut only.

Prestige-Lawncare
01-04-2007, 10:06 PM
Visited my local Hustler dealer today ... a lot of nice new machines, and a great shop. Not only did he emphasize the quality of the machine, the warranty, their availability of parts ... but if I ever need to take it in, they always have a loaner for you to use to eliminate downtime. Very local owned dealer who has at least 3 generations working there. He said since there is a Hustler distribution center here (Indy), he can have about anything he doesn't have on the floor in a day or two.

He also pushed Stihl hand helds too.

This guy is 5 miles from my house ... I like that too :drinkup:



Next up:



I'm going to visit the Scag dealer tomorrow after breakfast with the guys, and see what they have to offer there. I'll be looking at the same things ... shop, inventory availability or ability to get in a reasonable time, loaner if my mower is in the shop ... etc.

I think either one will be a great mower ... and the fact that both of these dealers are close to home and my main area of work is a great thing. The eXmark dealer is further away ... and I must say that I have not read enough good things on the new Triton deck to impress me.

The Hustler dealer talked about putting together a package deal, so we'll see where that goes. I am sure the Scaq guy probably will too.

Like I said above ... Grandfather, Father and Son (25) all have come through this Equipment dealer since it was first opened by the Grandfather ... and I really like supporting local businessmen ... as I am one myself.

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afralich
01-04-2007, 10:19 PM
I run scag turf tiger and it is a great machine.I do not know where you are located but the dealer is everything. I am in Greenfield a(30 minutes east of Indy and I would drive 45 minutes to get to my dealer @ superior mowers and more.(sorrey for the plug but threse guys are great!!!!!!!!)

Uranus
01-04-2007, 10:33 PM
Seems like you have been spending alot of time on this decision. How many hours have you invested into this? I was reading through and and It looks like you leaning towards hustler. Are you buying a bagging system for it? Have you seen the bagger for it? Personally I think they are to tall on the machine. That was a huge reason why I bought a lazer over the dixie chopper. I have a bunch of Bradford pears and other fruit trees that I mow around and from personal experience you dont know until it's to late if you clip a low branch. I can lean over the side of the gas tank on the exmark and get under some pretty low branches. Good luck let us know what you buy.

Frosty03
01-05-2007, 06:30 AM
..."This guy is 5 miles from my house ... I like that too..." :drinkup:

While this may be true, is he also 5 minutes from your client base? DO you have customers near the Exmark dealer? Breakdowns will always occur while working your route, not at home so I would take the 5 minute drive from home out of the equation and get the mower you want that has the best dealer support. If you breakdown on the other side of town, that dealer is not 5 minutes from you anymore.

Also, look at their stockroom. Do they stock a lot of parts or will they have to order parts as needed? Find the mower you want and ask if they have the belts/filters in stock just for your info.

Me personally, I like Exmark here in Florida and my dealer is centrally located.

There are two dealers in town, what helped me make my decision to go with Exmark (besides the brand) was that when I walked in the other dealers showroom, he was yakking on the phone about personal stuff for over 30 minutes leaving me waiting. If it was business, I would have understood. Then it was another 10 - 15 minutes before he finally came over to see if I needed help. So there went 45 minutes of my time while he chatted on the phone and did personal stuff when business should have come first.

The other dealer where I finally purchased also carries Echo/Shindaiwa and has a complete stock of equipment. I walked in, he said hello and said he would be just one minute as he was finishing up with another customer. A couple of minutes later, we were talking. I like that.

I also like the fact he took a moment to acknowledge me when I walked in. Their service is always first-rate and the one or two times I've had trouble (not with the Exmark, but with the power tools) his help took a quick look and if it was something that could be fixed quickly, it was done while I waited.

Needless to say, he has my business today.

Go with the brand you like and the best service oriented dealer. If their service is the same, I would get Exmark. But Exmark works extremely well for me here in Florida. YMMV.

Prestige-Lawncare
01-05-2007, 07:54 AM
..."This guy is 5 miles from my house ... I like that too..." :drinkup:

While this may be true, is he also 5 minutes from your client base? DO you have customers near the Exmark dealer? Breakdowns will always occur while working your route, not at home so I would take the 5 minute drive from home out of the equation and get the mower you want that has the best dealer support. If you breakdown on the other side of town, that dealer is not 5 minutes from you anymore.

Also, look at their stockroom. Do they stock a lot of parts or will they have to order parts as needed? Find the mower you want and ask if they have the belts/filters in stock just for your info.

Me personally, I like Exmark here in Florida and my dealer is centrally located.

There are two dealers in town, what helped me make my decision to go with Exmark (besides the brand) was that when I walked in the other dealers showroom, he was yakking on the phone about personal stuff for over 30 minutes leaving me waiting. If it was business, I would have understood. Then it was another 10 - 15 minutes before he finally came over to see if I needed help. So there went 45 minutes of my time while he chatted on the phone and did personal stuff when business should have come first.

The other dealer where I finally purchased also carries Echo/Shindaiwa and has a complete stock of equipment. I walked in, he said hello and said he would be just one minute as he was finishing up with another customer. A couple of minutes later, we were talking. I like that.

I also like the fact he took a moment to acknowledge me when I walked in. Their service is always first-rate and the one or two times I've had trouble (not with the Exmark, but with the power tools) his help took a quick look and if it was something that could be fixed quickly, it was done while I waited.

Needless to say, he has my business today.

Go with the brand you like and the best service oriented dealer. If their service is the same, I would get Exmark. But Exmark works extremely well for me here in Florida. YMMV.

As I had mentioned in my post ... this dealer is 5 minutes from me, AND right in the middle of my area of work. I work only in my county, and stay away from the Indianapolis area (which is where the eXmark dealer is located).

The dealer I am talking about who handles, sells, and works on the Hustler mowers (as well as Cub Commercial) is everything you say a good dealer should be, and more. You deal with one of the owners here, very clean, organized showroom with everything you would need ... great shop, clean, professional employees in a well stocked parts department and shop. Complete lines of blowers, trimmers, edgers etc., large stock of parts, not to mention a distribution center in Indianapolis. They even have a few trailers there if someone was so inclined, or in need of one. From a dealer standpoint, it would be hard to top these people, and I would be very impressed to find others to match them. They seem to be the complete package ... with at least 3 generations of ownership, they are doing something right. Clean, professional, well run and stocked. Since I am replacing most all of my equipment this year, all of what you and I have mentioned is important. I have tried to research all of the important factors, and this place, and the line and availability is A+ so far in my book.

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Prestige-Lawncare
01-05-2007, 07:58 AM
I run scag turf tiger and it is a great machine.I do not know where you are located but the dealer is everything. I am in Greenfield a(30 minutes east of Indy and I would drive 45 minutes to get to my dealer @ superior mowers and more.(sorrey for the plug but threse guys are great!!!!!!!!)

I am just west of Indy in Hendricks County myself ... and I feel fortunate to have such a great dealer right in my area.

Plainfield Equipment (for their plug here too)

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steve45
01-05-2007, 09:29 AM
I seriously looked at all of these machines for my personal use.

Exmark is by far the most popular in my town, but I really don't like the belt drive design with the extra pulleys. Just more parts to fail.

I was close to going with the Hustler, but the closest dealer is 90 miles away. When I was looking (2 years ago), Hustler didn't offer a grass catcher for the mower I was looking at, which was a must for me. The dealer said he could put an aftermarket catcher on, but I had reservations about that, too.

I finally went with the Scag. It has larger rod ends on the control rods, stamped non-skid holes in the plate where you step vs. the Hustler glue-on non-skid, etc. One new Hustler I looked at already had the armrest on the seat broken because somebody had raised the seat without moving the armrest out of the way. Not a problem on the Scag. It looked like the Scag was the most thoughtfully designed and the easiest to work on.

J&R Landscaping
01-05-2007, 12:44 PM
Let's see ...


Hustler dealer - 5 minutes away
Scag dealer - 10 minutes away
eXmark dealer - 30 minutes away


Where to buy new equipment?

Have you delt with any of these dealers in the past? Do you run any of the 3 brands right now? Any real advantage that 1 has over the other dealer besides location? Sounds like it comes down the the products themselves. Which brand out of the three are you leaning toward?