commercial use whats the big deal

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Jimslawncareservice, Feb 8, 2012.

  1. Jimslawncareservice

    Jimslawncareservice LawnSite Platinum Member
    from mn
    Posts: 4,134

    I have been looking at used mowers, over seeders, and aerators. It seems especially on the mower side, the owners say that it wasn't used commercially. I Google thier number and it shows they are a lco. Or in thier ad it says not used commercially, I have gone to several over the years, and they have lawn trailers, dumps, trimmers and what not all over. So what's the big deal? I myself would rather by from another lco than a home owner anyway, but why lie about it?
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  2. dgw

    dgw LawnSite Bronze Member
    from OH
    Posts: 1,008

    i would rather buy from a solo LCO

    but employees like to beat the crap out of stuff that they dont have to pay for
     
  3. Lefet

    Lefet LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,887

    Bingo. And if I got there and found out otherwise, deal is off. Even if it's the deal of the century. Principal kind of thing.
     
  4. ralph02813

    ralph02813 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Charlestown, RI
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    My guess, they don't operate above board or think everyone treats their equipment llike them.
     
  5. Jimslawncareservice

    Jimslawncareservice LawnSite Platinum Member
    from mn
    Posts: 4,134

    Yeah I pick and choose who I buy from, but it also depends on what I am going to do with it. I've felt with homeowners on equipment before, and its just horrible.
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  6. BestImpressions99

    BestImpressions99 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 491

    Yeah, it's the abuse that commercial cutting inherently involves on the equipment.
     
  7. crazymike

    crazymike LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Posts: 454

    It can go either way.

    My business equipment is maintained religiously. I'm dependent on it. If it breaks, I'm in trouble.

    My mower at my house? I don't know if the oil has ever been changed.
     
  8. djagusch

    djagusch LawnSite Platinum Member
    from MN
    Posts: 4,225

    Do you spend most of your spare time trying to buy stuff. Seems like you are always trying to buy another mower, etc.

    I do have a Ryan Lawnaire 4 for $500 if you are interested. It's 95 or so but they haven't changed much. Everything is good on it. PM me if you want more info.
     
  9. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,493

    if they say "not used commercially" that is a trigger that means it was. a homeowner that only cut their own grass wouldn't even use that phrase. i use the same mower on my yard as i use for my business. why would you have a seperate mower just for your own yard?
     
  10. Jimslawncareservice

    Jimslawncareservice LawnSite Platinum Member
    from mn
    Posts: 4,134

    No not all my time, but i do like to have an efficient operation. I am looking for a walk behind aerator and slit seeder because I don't have any, and would like to offer that service. I do have a tow behind, but its just to big. Once I buy those and two mowers, I won't need anything else for several years. I do have one mower bought for a dedicated clean up machine.
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