View Full Version : Exmark 32" how do I talk em down a little!!!

01-14-2002, 10:51 PM
I went to a local Exmark dealer today and to my surprise he wants $2900 for a 32" with a 12.5 kawi also includes a grass gobbler. Does anyone think this is high, if so how do I talk him down a little. I only plan on using this mower for about 4 months until I can get the viking with ECS. Thanks for imput.

gene gls
01-14-2002, 11:02 PM
I have found most dealers are limited when it comes to lowering the price on a pice of equipment. Profit margins are slim. My Walker dealer offers spare parts to sweeten a deal.


01-14-2002, 11:28 PM

Try using the same methods your customers use when you give them a price to service their property. ;)

Green Care
01-14-2002, 11:36 PM
If you only need it for 4 month then find somethin used until then!!!!!!!

01-14-2002, 11:41 PM
If I was planning on only 4 months, I think I would come up with another plan. No way would I spend even $2k for 4 months.

You can use a 21" for 4 months.

01-15-2002, 08:29 AM
Well heres the deal I have a scag 32" now, but its old and cuts uneven runs good but cuts really uneven. Im kinda waiting on some $$ right now and I dont think Ill see it for at least 4 months. Spring time is just around the corner and I have 30 accounts from last year plus I placed a bigger add in the yellows, so im gonna be busy. My plan was to buy an exmark 32" gear to get me through 4-6 months until I can afford better. I guess $2900 for that mower is alright, but it only has pistol grips. I was expecting somewhwere around $2000.What would you do? Ill probably end up laying down the $2900.

A1 Lawn@Landscapes
01-15-2002, 08:40 AM
If you are only going to use it for a few months check out the crsftsman w/b. It is a 32 or 33 inch. My service guy told me it is made by either troybuilt or bolens I can't remember. The price is about $1000. You should be able to sell it when done and lose not that much $ or keep it as a backup. I never saw one so I can not comment on the quality.

edward hedrick
01-15-2002, 08:50 AM
Put the scag on a flat surface to check the deck, check tire presh,
make sure spindles are tight, measure height of blades,
check the blades, install new set if bent. for $2000+ check
your machine first, save the money. Ed

01-15-2002, 09:03 AM
The tire pressure is right, brand new blades, left spindle has a little play as for measuring the blades next to eachother I did that and found that the right blade is slightly higher then the left. I took it into the shop he thought it was tire pressure. I picked the deck up right in front of him and showed him how the blades didnt level with eachother. He said thats not it, But we can redo the spindles for $400. It seems to me like you have to spend $4000 at their store to get respected around there.

01-15-2002, 09:29 AM
if u know a car salesman or mabe insurance etc.
let him know what your top money is. then set back and watch him work. sometimes it takes a while,but if he is pro he can
save u some money.his money is between u an him.
mabe a months mowing in spring or something.

01-15-2002, 10:17 AM
that price seems huge. got closer to 2000 here when i priced them

Richard Martin
01-15-2002, 11:14 AM
Go to www.landscapersupply.com (http://www.landscaper supply.com) and get a couple of new spindles for 50 bucks a peice and install them yourself. $400 to replace/rebuild 2 spindles is way too much money. Oh, and $2900 is too much money for the Exmark too. Even with the bagger you are still paying above retail for the mower.

01-15-2002, 02:06 PM
Originally posted by Richard Martin
Go to www.landscapersupply.com (http://www.landscaper supply.com) and get a couple of new spindles for 50 bucks a peice and install them yourself. $400 to replace/rebuild 2 spindles is way too much money. Oh, and $2900 is too much money for the Exmark too. Even with the bagger you are still paying above retail for the mower.

I completely agree.

01-15-2002, 03:57 PM
I thought about getting spindles, but everytime I call about getting a part for this mower they want the model # on the mower. Ive spent an hour looking for that stupid # and cant find it.This scag 32" was my first w/b I bought it from a landscape co. Its pretty beat up. It doesnt have the belt cover, It needs a wiring harness for the on/off switch local shop ses that costs $100, they gave me the wrong bag for it and its pretty ugly. Paid $600 for it. Awm your saying that I should go back to the Exmark dealer and tell him I have like $2300 -$2400 to spend on a mower and hell work with me. I have no clue on how to install a spindle.

01-15-2002, 04:20 PM
Go for a used mower or something. Check it out though first. Make it look good. Paint it, install new belts, filters, and plugs. Don't blow your savings on a new mower you are only going to use for 4 months, Consider a 48". Alot quicker. Good Luck!

01-15-2002, 04:53 PM
Im done buying used, as far as a 48" gear I have numerous gates that wouldnt even alow a 36." I plan on buying a 52" in the next 4 months of some kind, hard decision though Stander, ZTR or 52" hydro w/b. Along with that ill have a 32" I might just buy this 32" gear then in about 4-5 months ill trade back in on the 32" viking hydro 15hp kohler ohhh that is gonna be a sweet machine!!

01-15-2002, 04:56 PM
Or ill just keep that Exmark 32" gear for a backup or for a 2nd crew.

01-15-2002, 07:02 PM
That sounds high to me. But what we do when we buy something that we feel is too high is... We walk in, slam down cash on the counter what we are willing to pay, tell them we are either leaving w/the cash or the piece of equipment. But, I don't know how well that will work on a new piece of machinery b/c we only do that on outragously over priced used stuff. I guess something happens to a dealer when they see all that money sitting there and they realize how serious you are. Also the longer that equipment sits, the more likely he will accept. Did it on the truck I was looking at, dealer declined, and now they have had the truck on the lot for over a year, their loss.

Money talks, cash yells!:eek:

luv of green
01-15-2002, 07:13 PM

Eng Mwr Guy
01-15-2002, 10:29 PM
Hey for that kind of ching I will buy a Gravely and deliver it to you.

$2900 is a rip-off.

Gravely Retail for a better gear drive machine, grass catcher, double blades and a 13HP TWIN engine would go for about $2500.

Just my $.02


01-15-2002, 10:54 PM
Barry, does all that include the deck? I noticed the gravely page states Deck Optional.

plow kid
01-16-2002, 12:03 AM
Originally posted by summitgroundskeeping
Money talks, cash yells!:eek:

Grandpa always said " Money Talks, Bullsch!t Walks"

@ 2900 does that incluse a free bottle of vastaline? because you will get screwed if you pay that much

01-16-2002, 02:09 AM
All that is included is just a steel grass gobbler, I was thinking about asking him to throw in a set of jungle jims 2 wheeled sulk. Do you think that might make it a good buy. It sounds like this guy is stiff on his price!!!

01-16-2002, 02:43 AM
The reaon I want to buy from this dealer because, he's so close. He also has a great dane 36" for $3500. I would buy this instead of the 32" gear, but I really need a 32"

01-16-2002, 02:45 AM
By the way the grear dane 36" is a hydro.

Eng Mwr Guy
01-16-2002, 09:32 AM
Deck is included.

The wheels however.....:p

Ariens/Gravely Guy

Richard Martin
01-16-2002, 04:09 PM
In 2000 I bought a Exmark 36" Metro, Grass Gobbler, Velke single wheel sulky and a Shindaiwa T-230 trimmer for $3000.00 including sales tax.

01-16-2002, 07:59 PM
Just use a light (LB) 21" for 4 months. As fast or faster than a 32" belt in most cases. You won't see any production increase over a 21" until you get the 32" Viking hydro.

01-16-2002, 08:10 PM
I called the dealer today and asked what he would sell me the 32" Viking hydro. I talked to the owner this time he will this one to me for $3575, im also gonna try to talk him into throwing in a Gobbler. I think he'll go for for I am buying a Honda 216 comm. for $867 along with it. I never thought about aking the price on a hydro 32" I figured since the belt 32" was $2900, the hydro would be way out of my price range. Thanks for all the replys!!

01-17-2002, 12:44 AM
Does anyone think this is a good deal for the hydro 32"

Richard Martin
01-17-2002, 03:43 AM
Yes, buy it.

01-17-2002, 11:04 AM
I never thought about aking the price on a hydro 32" I figured since the belt 32" was $2900, the hydro would be way out of my price range. Thanks for all the replys!!

This is what I posted on a thread and the reply that I recieved. I hope it helps.

What's the least expensive 32" WB that Exmark makes and how much. I went to the website and as far as I can tell, it's the Viking Hydro with 15hp Kohler. Is this correct?


We offer two 32" models, the Metro belt drive with a 12.5 hp Kaw, pistol grips at $2299 and the Viking hydro with a 15 hp Kohler, ECS controls at $3799. The pricing I've given is our "suggested commercial sale price". For actual pricing information you would need to contact your local dealer.

I have been considering the belt myself. Too many suggestions say to go with a belt vs. hydro for that size of mower. My main purpose for this mower will be to get through gates.



01-17-2002, 11:24 AM
Hey Scagman, who's the dealer you're talking to? I'm seriously considering the Honda and that's a screaming price from what I've found here. I'm north of Everett and the lowest price I've seen on the Honda is $1000.

01-17-2002, 02:25 PM
I forgot to ask if $867 is their everyday price, but there is one on the shelf. If thats a last years model and they just want to get rid of then I cant tell you where he is youll probably jump in your truck and buy it. If it turns out that thats just what they sell them for then of couse I will tell you where they are ill even give you directions. Another shop that I have been using for the past year sells them for $1100. Ill let ya know!