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Old 08-01-2013, 06:30 PM
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need some advice

I currently have a JD 757 with 1200 hours on it. I have 10 weekly accounts and I gross 500 a week. Due to sports in the beginning of the season I wasn't able to get as many lawn as I wanted. I want to buy a new mower for next season. I'm thinking a kubota zd323. I know I can get at least 20 lawns next season and have enough money to purchase a new mower at the moment.
I just need some advice, should I keep my JD as a backup? Or sell it for 3.5k and put I towards the new kubota?
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Old 08-01-2013, 07:23 PM
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What's wrong with your current mower? Keep that one for years to come.
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Old 08-01-2013, 07:26 PM
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It has been breaking down alot and is underpowered in my opinion.
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It has been breaking down alot and is underpowered in my opinion.
Definitely keep it at the very least.
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Old 08-01-2013, 07:43 PM
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That's what I was thinking. Keep it as a back up or if down the road I hire a guy on it would come in handy.
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Old 08-01-2013, 07:46 PM
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That's what I was thinking. Keep it as a back up or if down the road I hire a guy on it would come in handy.
I'd also say to try and look for a slightly used mower instead of brand new this fall. Could save you thousands.
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Old 08-01-2013, 07:58 PM
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I know I can get at least 20 lawns next season
No, no, no.
Never put the cart in front of the horse.
First, get your 20 lawns.
Then we talk.

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and have enough money to purchase a new mower at the moment.
Omg if u got the money why are we even talking, why aren't you down at the dealer already...

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I just need some advice, should I keep my JD as a backup?
Yes, new machines break down too.

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Or sell it for 3.5k and put I towards the new kubota?
If anything I would buy the Kubota, make sure it runs right and good (oh yeah you just don't know) and once you are resting good at night knowing the Kubota won't let you down, then sell the JD... Part of the problem of keeping machines as backups is if they sit outside, after some years of sitting in the weather they ain't no good even as backups, at the very least cover it with a tarp but if you could store it inside someplace would be best.

I'm torn between you keeping it and selling it, not sure you can get $3500 unless it's a 60" with that many hours but even 3 g's is a nice chunk of change just to have it sitting around, on the other hand I just went through 3 weeks of problems with my rider and a backup sure would have been nice... Up to you I guess but I'd still get the 20 lawns first, then buy the new mower, then sell the old one or keep it... In that order.
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Old 08-01-2013, 08:28 PM
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Gross 500$ = net 300$, not much justification to purchase a 10k mower.
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Old 08-01-2013, 09:01 PM
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Never sell a working machine is my policy! I even keep broken 2 cycle machines for parts. Sometimes its best to buy a new motor vs a new machine. When I started I sold things left and right when things got tough, then it was even harder to replace them later as the business grew. I sold trailers with no issues, a truck with a bad transmission, a zero turn with hydo leak, a blower because I didn't think I needed 3, a chain saw, etc.... All bad decisions. Replacing each one was several thousand more than it would have been to keep and repair later.
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Old 08-02-2013, 06:23 AM
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I would try to sell the JD for $3,500 If it would sell for that then I'd let it go. If all you get is offers under a thousand, then it's a back-up.

If you don't have enough information to make a clear decision, you need more information.


If you're concerned about breakdowns, there are more durable mowers than JD & Kubota.
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