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Old 03-10-2014, 09:41 AM
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The great debate. Com or Resi

I was thinking about this topic for a little while. Curious on everyones input and what they think about the two types. Lets stick to ZTR's as they seem to be brought up the most.

Do you buy commercial or residential mowers? Would you rather buy 1 commercial unit to last a while and fork out big bucks, or buy 1 (or 2) residential unit(s) and just buy another when it won't go anymore? Do you buy used commercial and risk "one mans junk another mans treasure"??

With the way production is in todays world, I'm curious to see everyones thoughts. Things don't seem to be built like they were years ago.

Let the debate begin!
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Old 03-10-2014, 10:00 AM
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Commerical if you can afford it, and theres several different "grades" of commercial mowers.
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Old 03-10-2014, 10:14 AM
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Used commercial for me. I get a good mower that's around the 800 hour mark. Use it for 5 years. Repeat.

This works for ME (solo), though. It works perfectly. This may not be the best route for everyone, obviously.
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Old 03-10-2014, 10:23 AM
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Great topic for a thread.

We run new mowers. We had purchased used in the past...but at the end of the day you never know what you're getting into. Sometimes they'll last long...others not so much.

However, I do know of a guy (on another forum) that uses Toro TimeCutters (home depot z's) for his business. Has been for a few years, they seem to be holding up.

The advantage there is as you alluded to, you can purchase 2 for the price of a commercial. They're lighter...but because of the lighter weight where is the compromise???

If you purchased from a dealer and not Toro, that might be an interesting advantage. A dealer can actually provide support or cover warrant repairs, where as going through Home Depot could take a while to get through the red tape, etc.

My thoughts...
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Old 03-10-2014, 11:13 AM
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There's no debate here. You buy commercial whether it's new or used that is if you want to be around in this biz......
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Old 03-10-2014, 11:38 AM
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There's no debate here. You buy commercial whether it's new or used that is if you want to be around in this biz......
I'm not going to even respond to that...


Good answers so far!
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Old 03-10-2014, 01:40 PM
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Commercial all the way becuase the cut faster and better... and things are made better than they used to be as far as mowers... Put a 90s model Z-turn up against a new one and the new one will cut circles around the old one.
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Old 03-10-2014, 02:29 PM
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Commercial all the way becuase the cut faster and better... and things are made better than they used to be as far as mowers... Put a 90s model Z-turn up against a new one and the new one will cut circles around the old one.
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Do you buy new or used?
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Do you buy new or used?
Mainly new but I did buy a used one this year...
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Old 03-10-2014, 05:27 PM
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Commercial. No questions asked.
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