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Carolina Cuts
10-07-2004, 11:23 AM
Just getting back into the business after a 4 year break. Long story short.... CAN'T afford a new zero turn right now, so I was found two used ones for sale... 52" Scag w/23 horse engine - 1300 hrs. VERY WELL maintained. Show room condition. VERSUS. 52" Snapper w/21 horse - 550 hrs. NOT very well maintained and beat up. PLUS... remainder of warranty till this June. Seems like a no brainer... but I've used Scag in the past and know the machines very well.... gut says buy the scag with the higher hours. Asking price is $3700.00 for either or....Any advice?

thanks

chevyman1
10-07-2004, 11:31 AM
why not buy new and get 6 months no payments and 0% financing? then begin payments in the spring

geogunn
10-07-2004, 11:47 AM
based upon your discussion, I say skag.

GEO :)

Carolina Cuts
10-07-2004, 11:49 AM
why not new??? 3 words.... Cause I'm cheap! :p

chevyman1
10-07-2004, 11:50 AM
just remember, you get what you pay for! good luck

proenterprises
10-07-2004, 12:14 PM
i would go for the scag, sounds like a better deal in the long run. typically, hours on a unit dont mean much (as well as miles on a car). if it had been maintained well, like it sounds, then it should serve you fine forever.

good luck getting back into the biz.

Travis Followell
10-07-2004, 07:03 PM
I would definately get the scag because if it has been well maintained like you say and is in showroom condition then it is a better deal than the snapper and it should last you a long time.

DennisF
10-07-2004, 07:45 PM
why not new??? 3 words.... Cause I'm cheap! :p


Many times a used mower will not be as cheap as you think. I bought a used mower once...and that that was the last time I ever will. The mower appeared to be in top shape and ran very well. Had 1200 hours on the clock so I figured it would last at least another 1200. Not so.

I won't go into all he problems I had with the mower, but I will say that the mower wound costing me more in down time, repairs, parts, lost customers...than I care to admit. I would have saved more than the cost of that mower had I bought a new one to begin with. Plus I would have been able to make more money with the new and much more efficient unit that I wound up buying 6 months later. It pays to be frugal, but trying to get by cheap can cost a lot of money.

Take some sage advice from one who has learned the hard way...BUY NEW!!

economiclawncare
10-07-2004, 08:11 PM
I have a 48" Husqvarna mower with 18hp kaw z mower. Only had it for 6 months in good condition with 125 hours on it will let it go for $4500 still have 2 1/2 years warranty on it. Price was $6500 Let me know if you want it.

rob1325
10-07-2004, 09:14 PM
I would buy the Scag also in this situation.

Runner
10-07-2004, 10:30 PM
I was going to say the Scag, but the above sounds like it may just be a better deal overall. It sounds like a pretty new machine.

QualityLawnCare4u
10-07-2004, 10:56 PM
Runner, if I was buying used Id take the scag. However, for another 2 grand I got a brand new JD 717 that has been great. I have not had good luck with used items. You do what is best for you though. I would still try to swing a new one if I could, and I promise you aint no cheaper than me. :)

Danny

QualityLawnCare4u
10-07-2004, 10:58 PM
Sorry, I meant to say Carolina Cuts, not Runner.
Danny

txlawnking
10-07-2004, 11:20 PM
Carolina, for $1800 more than that, you can have my 52" surfer (48 hrs.), an enclosed 6x12' trailer ( it too is less than 5 months old ) a Kawasaki KTR27a trimmer, and a Stihl br 420 blower... And I thought maybe I was high for my stuff... It may be worth your drive. PM me if you're the least bit interested.

dukester
10-07-2004, 11:36 PM
One of the questions you should ask yourself is which mower will get the job done for my customers and keep them happy. Every body and there brother is is this business. It's a easy business to get into. A little money, a little mower, and a little blower and off you go! You need to offer something that sits you apart from the rest of the pack. I'd start with the mower. Spend a couple of extra bucks and get one that you can depend on and does a great job. Good luck