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View Poll Results: When purchasing equipment, what matters most?
Botton line cost of the piece of equipment 1 5.88%
Financing options available 0 0%
Manufacturer- reliabilty, warranty policy, and track record 10 58.82%
Service and parts to support the equipment 6 35.29%
We see everyone else using it, so that's why we purchased it. 0 0%
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Old 03-03-2013, 11:22 AM
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Exclamation For LCO's... What is most important to you?

I spend a lot of time talking to operators and reading boards like this and there seems to be a lot of common posts when talking about equipment, mainly relating to price of the equipment. Of course cost of a product is a huge factor when purchasing anything but how important is it, when compared to reliability, service and parts backup to refrain from down time, and the ability to spread out your cost of the machine while you make money, instead of tying up working capitol.

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Old 03-03-2013, 12:06 PM
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For me I would say reliablility, output quality, durability, then productivity. Price is a consideration but it comes in at the very bottom of my priorities. I would rather pay more for a quality product that produces quality results consistently in a wide range of conditions. That is why I buy Scag mowers.
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Old 03-03-2013, 12:50 PM
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Reliability not Reliabilty
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Old 03-03-2013, 01:09 PM
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Defective poll.

Reason is too many variables

Finance important if 0% on a truck.

Finance not important on a hand held.

Can I afford top of the line.

Can I wait till I can afford top of the line.

Can't wait so I buy a Crapsman.

A lot of hand helds after two years use are not worth the cost to repair so who cares about dealer support when you just throw it away.

There are times when things are important and times the same things are not. This is why the poll is to general to make it worth while.

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I don't mind paying a premium for quality equipment. But I also don't expect to pay msrp or higher like at some dealers. Cut quality is my number 1 factor, my machines have to cut good in all conditions including rain. I hate double cutting and down time.
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Old 03-03-2013, 02:13 PM
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A toss up between three and four. I voted four.
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all of the above except for the last statement.

if it doesn't meet all of those then it's not worth buying.
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Old 03-03-2013, 04:00 PM
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I don't mind paying a premium for quality equipment. But I also don't expect to pay msrp or higher like at some dealers. Cut quality is my number 1 factor, my machines have to cut good in all conditions including rain. I hate double cutting and down time.
You said what I was thinking about, Cut quality ,Reliability ,Service, Price.

Has for a warranty it's a none issue has I have never had anything warranty.
I must be lucky.
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Reliability not Reliabilty
Thanks spell checker...ever heard of a typo
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Old 03-05-2013, 02:56 PM
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32vld.... your making hard out of easy. It's not that complicated using common sense.

1) We are talking equipment, ....not trucks
2)Financing may not be important to you on purchasing a single hand held unit, which wouldn't meet the minimum purchase amount in most cases, but multiple units and fleet deals do apply
3)Can you afford...will you wait till you can... is directly related to bottom line price or financing, so those are an issue in that statement
4)The poll was posted for LCO's.....sorry but homeowner craftsman tools need not apply in the question.
5)Even if you were throwing stuff away after two years of use, which would be a sure sign of poor maintenance or not buying commercial quality hand helds IMO, the units are under warranty for 1 or 2 years. You spend 500 plus dollars on two brand new back packs that grenade the engines in less then a week of use... does the dealership have any importance at that point?
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