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Old 11-17-2012, 06:40 PM
brianslawncare brianslawncare is offline
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i bought all my mowers used and cant complain.my friend is in the biz and he buys everything new he has no kids and works 7 days a week always complaining he has no help and no time off. he has a brand new dump and pickup. he saw my set up and cant believe what i paid. i got a 2007(bought in 09)exmark turf tracer with the sulky it had 900hrs for 2500 its a 7000 machine.bought my scag turf tiger its a 2003 (bought in 05) it had 1000hrs on it for 3000 its a 11000 machine.exmark has a lease program for some and brickman is one of them call a exmark dealer and ask when they are turned in.u could get a good deal.
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Old 11-17-2012, 10:50 PM
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MDLawn I owned the duramax before I ever thought about running my own buisness! And I work full time still and this was my first year mowing part time so I was happy with a $6k profit this year
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Old 11-18-2012, 07:13 AM
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MDLawn I owned the duramax before I ever thought about running my own buisness! And I work full time still and this was my first year mowing part time so I was happy with a $6k profit this year
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I figured......just had to make sure you weren't in mom and dads basement with a big truck doing this full time. All good. I get it I'm in the same boat.
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:10 AM
TeamYardsale4 TeamYardsale4 is offline
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I figured......just had to make sure you weren't in mom and dads basement with a big truck doing this full time. All good. I get it I'm in the same boat.
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Haha yea that's def not me!! I don't think my wife and 10 month old would enjoy my parents basement to much haha my 5 year plan is to be full time though
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:35 AM
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Here's another thought. Buying used should help you with one thing. Possibly having better, although not significantly larger, profits. Too many I think fall into the well I paid less for used so my costs aren't as much so I can charge less. Bad choice period. You should buy well kept used to save you money and possibly increase revenues, productivity, and possible maximize profits. Not to be the cheap boy on the block. Stuff breaks down and used there is the gamble that maintenance was never performed.

Not directed at anyone, just making a statement.
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:50 AM
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Here's another thought. Buying used should help you with one thing. Possibly having better, although not significantly larger, profits. Too many I think fall into the well I paid less for used so my costs aren't as much so I can charge less. Bad choice period. You should buy well kept used to save you money and possibly increase revenues, productivity, and possible maximize profits. Not to be the cheap boy on the block. Stuff breaks down and used there is the gamble that maintenance was never performed.

Not directed at anyone, just making a statement.
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Your statement has hit the nail on the head. I started in 1982 and equipment has changed and improved. What I have noticed is the price has not changed for the improvement in time. Too many buy the equipment and pass the saving to the customer and don't keep it.
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:21 PM
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X's 2 what brianslawncare said. When I first got started I financed bc I didn't have any working capital. Now I live on craigslist and check with a dealer not far from me. Always great deals this time of year on craigslist.
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:42 PM
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X's 2 what brianslawncare said. When I first got started I financed bc I didn't have any working capital. Now I live on craigslist and check with a dealer not far from me. Always great deals this time of year on craigslist.
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I'll also agree with this. I bought my big stuff new but now I also live on Craigslist and have found some good buys. Especially something I may not use too much. For example I found a smaller leaf loader on Craigslist. Sure it's not billygoat but man it saved a lot of time on the two properties I needed it and didn't have to part with 3 grand for a billygoat for two properties. But now I know how helpful a loader can be and a better one would be quicker.
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