2003 exmark 23hp 52" in Florida

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by tnales, Jul 9, 2005.

  1. tnales

    tnales LawnSite Member
    from florida
    Posts: 8

    Hello. I am interested in purchasing a used mower that is for sale locally in Florida. It is a 23hp Kawasaki with a 52 inch deck. It has 115 hrs on it. What would be a reasonable cash price for this mower? I know that they are about 7-8000 new. Also, which motor is better? The Kohler of Kawasaki?

    I have 2.5 acres in south florida and I would also like to use it as a secondary mower for my 22 acres in central florida.

    I am new to the exmark scene and would appreciate any help. Thanks.
     
  2. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    I guess part of the price issue would be if its a regular Z or Lazer Z HP. The HP's sell for more new than the 52" regular Z. One of the most sought after and best sellers of eXmark is the 52" Lazer Z HP with 23 Kawi. I've owned 2. The newest MSRP on the Lazer HP with Kawi is now $7999.

    You can't really hurt any comm'l mower much in 115 hours, so I would consider it probably a very good machine. A little birdie inside eXmark one time told me that a good rule of thumb for figuring value was the selling price minus $5 per hour on the machine. With that in mind, that would still be more than I would be willing to pay for a used machine. If the machine was kept inside, oil changed correctly, nothing more than a few paint scratches from normal use, I would see giving $5000-$5700.

    http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=48529

    Oh, motor choice for me is Kawi only. They make more torque and I've never had any problems from them.

    The 2003 HP has never in 2 yrs seen the inside of a shop. Other than oil, oil filters, airfilter, plugs and 1 set of belts its never been touched. The 2000 HP is just as bulit proof, although I don't own it anymore, a friend of mine does. He uses it daily as his front line mower.
     
  3. tnales

    tnales LawnSite Member
    from florida
    Posts: 8

    Thanks.

    I think the seller is asking about 5500. There is one more question I have to ask. How does the exmark stack up against the dixie chopper? The reason I ask is because there seems to be a lot of people around here using them. My guess is they are less expensive.
     
  4. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    Stack up? humm...hard to give a real good objective answer. Price wise, they are probably fairly close, eXmark may be a little more. DC has some good points and bad. The main thing that kept me from buying a DC once upon a time was they will not hold hills anywere as good as an eXmark. They both have a great cut quality.
     
  5. tnales

    tnales LawnSite Member
    from florida
    Posts: 8

    yep. I dont have to worry about hills too much since Im in Florida. Nevertheless, I do favor the exmark. Bottom line is, I want to buy a mower that will be the last one I buy. Im not in the lawn maintenence business, and I want to buy one that I will be able to use for years and years to come.
     
  6. MTR

    MTR LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 1,280

    eXmark is great but when it is down needed to be in shop, that is whole different story...long wait, line, you might be out 3 weeks without mowers cause everybody has it!
    I will take Hustler Super Z 52/27 kohler anyday over the eXmark 52/23 HP, and you know what ? the price of Hustler is lot lower too, besides having better warranty and dealership attitude in contrast to eXmark's dealer's attitude.
    BTW, I have 2 eXmarks as my bread & butter front line, 52" & 36", but I am switching once I am ready for my next upgrade.
     

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