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Buying a new mower for the first time, any TIPS?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MowingMowingMowing, Jun 19, 2010.

  1. MowingMowingMowing

    MowingMowingMowing LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 526

    This will be the first time I buy a mower NEW. I plan on paying in cash. I've called the dealers that have the Snapper Pro 48/17 and it looks like $4199 is the price. I've bought the majority of my other purchases from this dealers as well (trimmers, blowers, etc.).

    Is there any negotiating tips I should know about? Would getting something like a bagger at a nice discount be normal (or am I just hoping for too much lol).

    Basically, I'm just looking for some words of wisdom from everybody that's been through this before and will take the time to help me out.

  2. jay317

    jay317 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 478

    Get a nice used Dixie Chopper and call it the day
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  3. MowingMowingMowing

    MowingMowingMowing LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 526

    Nahhh not practical for my accounts.
  4. HighGrass

    HighGrass LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Z5 MA
    Posts: 1,237

    I think it's just as important to look at who's going to be servicing and supporting it as well as what make it is. It's easy to call other dealers and find out whether the price is right. I don't think there are alot of "Bad" machines out there. If it's solid, it will do what you ask of it (within design limits). If you take care of it, it will last.
  5. MowingMowingMowing

    MowingMowingMowing LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 526

    I have really good dealer support for just about any make (particularly Ferris, Snapper, Exmark, etc.). I think that Snapper is the best bang for the buck at $4199. The comparable Ferris was $2000 more than that and the only real differences was in the front tires and that it is electric start. If money grew on trees, I'd buy Exmark, but I'm convinced they think they are selling machines with gold or something inside of them with the way they are priced these days.

    Essentially, the dealer support is there for just about any machine, but I'm still sticking with the Snapper Pro.

    Anyone else have anything to add??? I'm all ears.
  6. MONTE

    MONTE LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 793

    You have posted location midwest were in the midwest are you? Are you sure about the snapper thing? Around here support for them is lacking in my opinion. However may not be were you are however.
  7. GreenGuysLC

    GreenGuysLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 325

    Price isnt everything . . . Look at the Maintenence of the machince, like changing belts in the field... oil change, spark plugs. hydro pump sizes make a difference. Deck construction is definitely a HUGE factor. I operate Exmarks and the decks are TOUGH. .. but so are TORO . . and Ferris . . .Dealer service and support are important as well as what warranty goeswith it. usually the better commercial machines are going to run in the 6-8k range. 41 sounds like a mid range, maybe high end RESIDENTIAL unit.
  8. rain man

    rain man LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,794

    A high volume dealer with lots of mechanics and a large parts inventory helps me sleep better at night.
  9. MowingMowingMowing

    MowingMowingMowing LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 526

    I am right on the MO/IL border in South St. Louis. Scotts Power has them and they are really good dealers, 24 hour turnaround, and good service.

    I've heard nothing but good things from people I know that have run them. I'm going in this week, we'll see what happens

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