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Rich's Lawn Care
12-09-2004, 05:13 PM
If you where going to open up a Lawn Mower shop what brand of mowers would you sell?

out4now
12-09-2004, 05:17 PM
Exmark, Hustler, Encore, JD and possibly Walker and Husquvarna as well.

CamLand
12-09-2004, 05:19 PM
Everything possible...

Travis Followell
12-09-2004, 05:36 PM
Dixie Chopper, Great Dane, Bob Cat, and Stihl. Possubly Cub Cadet.

Lux Lawn
12-09-2004, 05:50 PM
Depending on the dealers in the other areas maybe offer something different
but I would think the more options the bigger clientele you would have plus people coming in for parts if they bought a machine somewhere else.

cward
12-09-2004, 05:56 PM
I would stick to the big names. Figure out what the top one or two dealers have. If they are really good, I would not try to beat them with their brand of equipment. i.e. If the best dealer in your area selles Dixies, sell another brand. You probably won't pull much business from him. Just be the dealer we all want and you will be successful.

sdwally
12-09-2004, 06:11 PM
Small walk behinds rotary mowers: Snapper, Toro, Honda
Mid size WB rotary: not sure
ZTRs: Gravely, Scag
Small WB reel mower: McLane
Tillers: BCS, Snapper
Linetrimmers: Marayuma, Echo
Blowers: Echo, Husqvarna
Chainsaws: Husqvarna, Echo top handle
Chainsaw chains/bars: Oregon
Aerifiers: Snapper, Bluebird
Chipper/Shreaders: Crary chippers
Snowblowers: ?
Wood splitters: ?

I've thought about this on occassion, but have yet to take the plunge. Need to find something that is not available in the area that is high quality to lock you as the only local dealer for that item. Also find some equipment for off season to keep sales and repairs going. One dealer I know works on customer's dessert toys and trailers in the slow winter months. Also advertise as a small engine specialist, you get many other types of equipment in with engine problems. ie-paint sprayer, sweepers, air compressors, etc.

Rich's Lawn Care
12-10-2004, 07:24 AM
I would stick to the big names. Figure out what the top one or two dealers have. If they are really good, I would not try to beat them with their brand of equipment. i.e. If the best dealer in your area selles Dixies, sell another brand. You probably won't pull much business from him. Just be the dealer we all want and you will be successful.

I was thinking the samething. The big dealers around here have Exmark and Hustler.

rodfather
12-10-2004, 07:29 AM
Ferris, eXmark, Toro, and Hustler. All the others are virtually non-existant in my area.

Mico Landscaping design
12-11-2004, 05:42 PM
EXMARK'S and nothinh else :cool2:

Gautreaux's LNG
12-11-2004, 06:00 PM
Exmarks and nothing else would limit your clientale.

We opened April 1st 2004. At the time we had only Hustler, RedMax and Husqvarna. Two other dealers right around us had JD, Grasshopper, Exmark, and Kubota. We have managed to sell 66 Hustler's in 8 months. We added Scag for 2005 and may add Wright Stander also. We have one Everride on the floor and it has drawn some interest but not sure where it'll take us.

We didn't have much luck with Husqvarna this season but I think it's due to the fact that they carry it at Lowe's. We still offer Husqvarna but handheld equipment and pushmower's only.

We sold ALOT of RedMax also...

Remember when you get a dealership you get a "protected" territory, so if there's another dealer with a brand you want to carry close by you probably will not be able to offer the same product line. Each manufacturer has a different set of rules about "protected" territories.

matthew horner
12-11-2004, 09:46 PM
It is if you 'were', not 'where'.
matt

BobwithECLC
12-11-2004, 10:44 PM
This may sound some what basic but what ever brand was in most demand in my region that wasn't totally represented in my area and had good support from the company and there reps.
What ever my market research showed was needed or about to be needed.

arborist-28
12-12-2004, 01:01 AM
sounds like very good advice to me bob . alot of research would have t ogo into a decision of that nature ...c

Envy Lawn Service
12-12-2004, 01:01 AM
ABC order.... Country Clipper, eXmark/Toro, Grasshooper, Gravely & Wright.....

And full line Kubota....

LawnBoy89
12-12-2004, 09:45 AM
Everything I could. Because when people are looking they don't want to limit there options by going to a dealer that doesn't sell almost everything.

sildoc
12-12-2004, 02:06 PM
Another thing you have to look at is that some manufactures do not allow you to sell their product with other manufactures. I.e. Stihl and husqvarna.
They do not want direct competition in one place. You may be able to goto another store and look and buy the other product but you can't purchase both at the same place.

Personally I would carry 2-3 brands.
For instance.
Large Walk behinds and ZTR
One of the following, Exmark, Toro, Hustler, Walker, Gravely (high end) And One of these Kees, Husqvarna, Encore, Snapper (medium end)
Plus Kubota Line of small tractors and Mowers.

I would stay away from selling husqvarna and echo Not that they aren't good equiptment ( I own alot of husqvarna) But they are sold every where.
I would deal Red Max, Stihl, Shindawia

For smaller mowers(21's)
Honda, Toro, Ariens, Snapper, Husqvarna

I would make availible Classen, Bluebird, BCS, Rock Solid Plugger, Billy Goat, Giant Vac

I know I am missing a few.

You need a High end equiptment line and then an affordable line. This way you get people buying the affordable line and then upgrade to the High end line. You also need it to be affordable for the general home owner that wants nice equiptment but not wanting to spend 10 grand on a mower. I.e. Encore

Provide service trained technicians in Briggs, Kohler, Kawi, Techumseh, and Honda.
Have all major parts on hand. ( one of my biggest pet peeves is when my local dealer does not have airfilters and blades for the most poupular brand of mowers in stock.)

Initial entry will be tough and money will be tight but if you run a customer service oriented opperation tayloring towards the Commercial cutter (no matter how small I.e. I wont use one dealer because of how I was treated when I was starting out.) You will be making it well in 3-5 years.