Better Outdoor Products

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jweiner, Sep 30, 2012.

  1. jweiner

    jweiner LawnSite Member
    Posts: 123

    I am very disappointed with this company. Gary had always seemed upstanding and forthright, but now that they have been invisible for the entire season, I think he really owes it to his (former) customers as to what is really going on. Their website should at least be updated as I'm sure the acquisition had fallen through. Just my opinion.
     
  2. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
    Posts: 2,773

    I'm right beside you. I really like the 36 dually. Sadly if it breaks down I'll be looking at a different brand.
     
  3. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    Yes, we're going on a year now. The current owners of these mowers should be grateful that he is at least sending replacement parts out. I presume he still has blowers available and since they don't manufacture them, parts for those should be available for a long time.
     
  4. pseudosun

    pseudosun LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,740

    At first, i was impressed. This was my first commercial mower; a 36" manual start. I think it's called a fox or super fox? I got good service over the phone. I must have bought when they were a new company, and could get help easily. I managed to fix alot myself (to my surprise). I had deck trouble. My model didn't come with reinforcement bars. I had to get get it welded a few times. The last half of my 5 years with the machine, i wasn't happy. I replaced more clutches, spindles, cables than i can remember, and went through 3 engines. I didn't abuse my mower; but i thought this can't be right. My second commercial mower is a 2000 exmark (old and beatup). I now realize the difference. This exmark is practically indestructible. I replaced the muffler and some belts. It has no clutch. When working properly, i liked the quick 36, but the amount of parts i had to replace was a big turnoff.
     
  5. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,142

    So the company was building mowers at a loss and you want an explanation?
     
  6. chuacro

    chuacro LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 598

    yeah I sold and took my loss.
     
  7. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    BTW, the Better blowers are made by Selbro. Like I said, parts will be available for a long time so you can buy the Better blowers with confidence.

    http://www.selbro.com/id1.html

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  8. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,220

    Get used to it....... it seems that no one and I mean no one is working for a living anymore.... I really dont understand it......

    I have many customers that wont pay, others calling wanting work for free. and BOP. I have taken a HUGE amunt of crap form people here on thsi site, Becasue I wasNOT a fan of there's,,,,,,,

    WELL WAKE UP PEOPLE........

    the home business does it all the time, Start a COmpany, Flood the market with CRAP, then fold...... Only to resurface under a new name, SAME OLE CRAP just a diffrent name.

    dont be surprised if they start start up again...........


    best of luck to you
     
  9. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,870

    Some of these comments are kinda harsh....

    Facts are, BOP is not coming back so move on.
    I liked my machine, but I like my replacement machine too. No big deal to me.
     
  10. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 16,777

    Im stocking up on parts for mine 2 BOPs, and looking into a toro grandstand
     

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