Back up machine

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Bustedblade, Jan 24, 2010.

  1. Bustedblade

    Bustedblade LawnSite Member
    from Ny
    Posts: 145

    So if Murphys law kicks in, what is your go to backup machine on the trailer. I have an old Bunton that I rebuilt and put a Kawasaki engine on, it never fails me in a pinch.
     
  2. Mike Blevins

    Mike Blevins LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I don't need a back-up mower. My dealer's service is second to none. Depending on what time you have a problem you will usually be back to mowing the same day or very early the next morning.(They open up earlier in the mowing months) Scag only dealer,keeps every part for my Scag in stock,Scag factory trained mechanics. A dealer like this is another way of saving money because you don't have to buy a "back up" mower.
     
  3. Bustedblade

    Bustedblade LawnSite Member
    from Ny
    Posts: 145

    I service all my own stuff and have been lucky so far but, have had minor problems, flats etc. I like a backup because you never know.
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  4. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have a backup for everything but my 60" Dixie Chopper. I used to have a spare Dixie but I sold it 4 years ago while it was still worth something. I haven't needed it yet (knock on wood).
     
  5. NEWGUYRI

    NEWGUYRI LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 594

    I have to agree with Mike. I am in a replica situation, my dealer is excellent. I have no backup for my kubota, but I do have another 48" that I use alongside with it, so if the kubota were to break down, I could just use the 48 and have it take longer.
     
  6. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,273

    This mowing season I will no longer have two mowers, just one ztr. But like others, I too have a great dealer. They have a very large inventory of parts, overnight shipping on parts they don't have instock, and they will deliver parts to me if I can't make it over to get the parts and need them quickly. Hopefully I will only have one mower for this season, then I will pick up a second mower for the 2011 season. But they will all be from my Deere dealer, best dealership around me.
     
  7. Bustedblade

    Bustedblade LawnSite Member
    from Ny
    Posts: 145

    You guys are lucky to have good dealers, I have a great large tractor and chainsaw dealer near me but, the local mower guys are shady.
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  8. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have NO good local dealer. I have to drive either to the east side of my county or to the south side of my county to get to a good dealer. So I'm driving from one end of my county to the other just to get to a good dealer. But it is worth it.
     
  9. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    You think that's bad? I have to mail order the parts for my Ferris'. Our only dealer stopped selling them 2 years ago. So far, so good.
     
  10. metro36

    metro36 LawnSite Silver Member
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    I have a couple toro 21" that I could use if I really had to. I do most of my own repairs and keep parts on hand so that I can get most stuff back up and running quicky. If not I have a great local small engine mechanic who will get me back up cutting in a day or less.

    I dont have a good local dealer locally either. The local on is a dirt bag who doesnt care enough about smaller customers. I buy my parts from a dealer in Vermont.
     

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