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Old 03-02-2011, 07:53 PM
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New 2009 Toro 52" Grandstand for $6000?

Any thoughts on this price? It's a new machine from a local dealer. All factory 'mandated' updates have been done. Not sure what all of them are but that's what the salesman told me.
Any input is appreciated.
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Old 03-02-2011, 08:32 PM
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I just bought a 2009 Grandstand for the same price. I was told that dealers have loans for their mowers for two years. When the two years are up, and they still have the mower, they want to sell it as soon as possible so they do not have to keep paying on them. I was also told that the engine on the 2009 is better than the ones on the 2010 and 2011. It is a stronger built and has a stronger built air intake. My dealer did all the updates. They only difference between the 2009 and 2010-2011 is the grease fittings on the pulleys. They are on the side of spindles and not the top of them like the 2010-2011. I have been using mine for a couple of weeks now and I love it. I would go for it. Also, you can mow for a non-profit agency and receive 28% off Toro Mowers. You just have to develop a contract to prove they are non profit. Ask your dealer about it.
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Old 03-02-2011, 09:06 PM
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Thanks for the input. It seems like a pretty good deal to me. Non-profit pricing? Never heard of that. I have several accounts under contract that are non-profit businesses. I suspect that that pricing is for the actual N.P. business purchasing equipment but I will ask the salesman tomorrow anyway. thanks again.
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Old 03-02-2011, 09:15 PM
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What are some examples of non profit commercial places to cut?
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Old 03-02-2011, 09:24 PM
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Its actually Toro Fleet pricing. Instead of having to buy two or three machines depending on what models you choose based on a points system. Non-profits AND the contractors who cut them can qualify with one machine for the 28% discount off MSRP. This is something Toro does for its dealers as a reimbursement program. Toro pays the dealer back for the machine then sold at under dealer cost. Churches and all sorts of places qualify. Hope this helps. Family member sold a Toro G3 29HP 60" last fall to a school district and they qualified for the 28% discount.
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Old 03-02-2011, 10:43 PM
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Churches are my main not for profit customers... I will check into the program and report back. Now I need to find out what MSRP is for the machine (2009 52" grandstand 24hp).
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Old 03-02-2011, 11:27 PM
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Im not positive what if any changes there are to the fleet pricing on hold over equipment. The dealers "flooring" on the unit is most likely up and thats why the unit has such a nice price. It would be interesting to find out why this unit has not sold? When you go to your dealer ask if Western is your area Toro distributor and if they will also offer incentives on the unit. I know they do quite often on demos and they may offer you an even better deal
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Old 03-02-2011, 11:45 PM
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Do not buy a grandstand. Junk. They have major control issues. The cables break all the time. If you want that type of mower, buy the exmark. Same style machine but they fixed al the issues on there machine.
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Old 03-04-2011, 12:46 AM
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Any thoughts on this price? It's a new machine from a local dealer. All factory 'mandated' updates have been done. Not sure what all of them are but that's what the salesman told me.
Any input is appreciated.
Thanks.
Oh and if it had problems to fix I would worry about it.....

Spend the $400 and get the Exmark if that is the only thing holding you back. You can't really compare "last year's" models to this year or next years model mower. They simply aren't the same.

There was a set of EPA standards that every manufacturer had to meet on the new mowers. My dealer was not concerned with it and neither has any other major LCO in my area making big mower purchases (that I've talked to). IDK about the diesel mowers and tractors though....if it is anything like the diesel light duty trucks I'd be wary.

All handhelds also suffered this change. It was not too bad....all handhelds and mowers need maintenance and if you have a good program previous to the EPA switch, there will be no large change for you. I'd expect worse fuel economy but it would be a tinnnnyyyy change.
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Old 03-04-2011, 01:15 AM
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I am a big fan of the Vantage. But putting $400 back in your pocket is pretty nice. But when it comes time to sell the mower in 5 years, the 09 will be 2 years older, so you will probably loose that $400 anyways. Tough decision, but both are nice machines.
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