Financing a mower?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by TopQualityLawnCare, Feb 4, 2013.

  1. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    In other words there is no such thing as free!
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  2. inzane

    inzane LawnSite Silver Member
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    yes, when i was at the gravely dealer. 3199 + $150 to process.. nothing is free. lol but a little update to my story, they claim to have got my old beater exmark working and i'm hoping to not have to purchase a new mower for atleast a full season or 2.. WE will see though, haven't picked it up yet.
     
  3. biodale

    biodale LawnSite Member
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    I don't know if you are just starting out or not. It seems like from you post you are in at least your 2nd year. Are you planning on staying in the business? First year bought a used mower and it worked well. My 2nd year I bought a used mower. It was a disaster. Cost more to repair than it was worth. Ended up junking it and buying a new one on a 48 month low interest loan. Best thing I ever did. Buying another one on credit this year. You can certainly buy a good used mower. But for me it is not worth the risk. I buy new with warrantee.
    Good Luck
     
  4. inzane

    inzane LawnSite Silver Member
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    I got my exmark back today, it runs strong. the problem with it starting is due to the transmission. once they got the OPC working properly we found that the thing has a hard time going in neutral therefore it wouldn't start.. you gotta jiggle it a little bit to make sure its in neutral now and then so it will start. other than that it runs just fine, pulls up hills great now. i put my single wheel velke on it and mowed my hilly front yard and it pulls me up the hill no problem.. i'm gonna run this thing as long as i can. from a search the transmissions seem rather in-expensive compared to something like the engine.. probally worth replacing if i have to much trouble with it.. mabee i can get 3 years out of it and hold on to some money! I hate financing too.. and i'm glad that i can stick to my original plan and have no debt with my business this 2nd year.. (knock on wood.) besides what i want to pay myself back, of course.

    man, i hijacked this thread. wondering if the OP got his mower today??
     
  5. 205mx

    205mx LawnSite Silver Member
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    What you're claiming is a used mower won't start. Your mower is used as soon as you buy it. I understand however that there are carrying degrees. A 3,000 dollar used ZTR is a nice mower.
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  6. inzane

    inzane LawnSite Silver Member
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    not really, I just meant that my used mower won't start. i want to say this mower i bought is 13 years old.. I'm more for buying slightly used, if anything. i made a bit of a mistake IMO. older mowers are for guys that are more mechanically inclined than myself. Looks like its gonna work for now though.

     
  7. 205mx

    205mx LawnSite Silver Member
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    I bought a 2009 models in 2011. Paid 3,000.
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  8. inzane

    inzane LawnSite Silver Member
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    yeah, that sounds like a good way to go.

     

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