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Old 09-28-2014, 05:49 PM
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Used or New Zero Turn Mower?

Would you buy a used or new zero turn mower if you were going into your 2nd year in the lawn mowing business?

Things I'm thinking about - Warranty loaner mowers if broke down,etc.
I would be saving approx $1,500 - $2,000 buying used vs new.

I would appreciate your wisdom!
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Old 09-28-2014, 08:51 PM
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My first year of mowing I bought a used zero turn with 1000 hours on it. Worked well until I started gaining accounts. Started to break down and cost me time and money. Midway through my second year I bought a new mower and it was the best decision I ever made. Having a new machine gets rid of the questions of was it taken care of?
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Old 09-28-2014, 08:58 PM
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Get a new one.
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Old 09-28-2014, 10:43 PM
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I ran a older deere m653 a 54 inch deck for 8 years it was a good mower. I recently bought a scag v ride 61 brand new. normally I wouldn't buy new because I don't like taking the initial hit but zero percent for 48 months really helped make up my mind and im glad I got it.
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Old 09-28-2014, 10:49 PM
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I understand,but I'm a cash buyer.
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Old 09-29-2014, 01:46 AM
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I understand,but I'm a cash buyer.
this time of year, you should be able to get an awesome deal at a dealership, if you have the cash now, Id buy now, if you need that cash for operating costs through the winter, then…well you really don't have the cash.

You will get a much better price (saving thousands) on a ZTR bought now, compared to a ZTR bought in the spring.

so, basically a cash sale now, in the fall will net you a new machine for a used machine savings in the spring.


the "loaner machine" thing is by no means a realistic expectation or an industry standard, some places offer that, but it shouldn't be used as a measuring stick on making decisions overall.
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Old 09-29-2014, 05:24 PM
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I bought both my Exmarks used. ZTR had 9 hours on it and the Commercial 30 was 2 months old. Both were under warranty, looked brand new, and I was able to get them quite a bit cheaper than new or even some demos. I bought them both at the end of October. My biggest concerns with used is maintenance, or lack there of, and breakdowns!!! While I know I could have gotten something cheaper, I have some piece of mind when I load them up every morning.
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Old 09-29-2014, 05:26 PM
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9 hrs really isn't considered used to me. I'm talking like 500hrs.
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Old 09-29-2014, 06:12 PM
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9 hrs really isn't considered used to me. I'm talking like 500hrs.
Agreed..... However, my point was to let the op know that "new" equipment can be had at used prices. In the next couple of months the deals will be out there if you look!!
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Old 09-29-2014, 06:55 PM
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Wdrdoctor, on mobile and didn't realize you were the op. In Florida the deals may not be as readily available, however they come up here and north when the cutting stops!!
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