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Can Anyone Get a Demo Mower?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by BanvilleLawnCare, Oct 21, 2007.

  1. BanvilleLawnCare

    BanvilleLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 190

    I am looking to buy a new mower real soon and would like to try before I buy. I just have no idea if there are any qualifications or restrictions on who can demo a mower. Do you have to be a large commercial busuness, or just know the right people?
  2. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 15,782

    Lots of dealers will let you demo a mower whether its in the parking lot at the dealer or at home on a lawn. Lots of dealers are reluctant to demo because alot of demos do not result in the sale of equipment and the dealer has to deal with wear and tear on a machine. I would contact the manufacture of your choice and see if they can set you up with a dealer that will willingly demo a piece of equipment. As far as knowing the right people that helps too, nothing like spending money at a dealer to get him motivated or showing him a truck full of equipment you have purchased in the past.
  3. GravelyGuy

    GravelyGuy LawnSite Silver Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 2,517

    I demoed my 260Z this spring and they didn't even ask for a piece of ID. I had it for 3 days. The other Gravely dealer in town does not even offer demos. I think a lot of it comes down to how many machines they are moving.
  4. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 15,782

    I demoed a Ferris and they delivered it and picked it up the next day.
  5. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Senior Moderator
    Posts: 6,074

    It depends upon the dealer you go to. Around here, it seems dealers will only let you demo in their parking lot, or surrounding grassy areas if they have any.
  6. BanvilleLawnCare

    BanvilleLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 190

    Well I guess I won't know until I ask my dealer. I'll ask next time i'm there.
  7. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 15,782

    The dealer where I purchased my Toro let me take it out in the rear alley...that was as much test time I got behind the mower.
  8. Scagguy

    Scagguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,522

    Depends on your dealer and the relationship that you have with them. My dealer will give me anything I want to try out. No questions asked. I'm not a huge company, but I have spent between 30-35K with him this year. He knows I might not buy a particular piece of equipment right then, maybe not ever. Whatever it is that I think I have an interest in, there's no way I'm buying it without a demo first.
  9. Scagguy

    Scagguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,522

    I'd find another dealer. That won't cut it with me. No pun intended.
  10. DuallyVette

    DuallyVette LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,158

    You can't be sure that you'll like a mower until you mow tall grass, wet grass, tall wet grass and slopes. Sometimes a different style blade will make a huge difference.

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