grasshopper question

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by edgeman2003, Apr 4, 2008.

  1. edgeman2003

    edgeman2003 LawnSite Member
    from md
    Posts: 188

    Im just starting out, Thinking about getting some equipment for mowing. I was checking out a new grasshopper zero turn midmount mower(model 223) with 52'' duramax deck. I want to make sure, will last at least five yrs or more? I will bre doing residential and small commercial lots. I checked with local dealer for this model, it was $7,400 and they had a demo w/100hrs for $6,900. Is this a fair price, or should I go else where? Im in Hagerstown,MD
     
  2. MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE

    MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,566

    For 7400,you could get a scag wildcat with a 26 lc kaw a super motor with a better cut.......
     
  3. edgeman2003

    edgeman2003 LawnSite Member
    from md
    Posts: 188

    where do they sell this brand? I'm in hagerstown, md
     
  4. edgeman2003

    edgeman2003 LawnSite Member
    from md
    Posts: 188

    so really my main concern is the maintain cost, reliability. I know with the grasshopper I have a dealer right down the street from me. Which comes with 2 yr warranty and if mower is down, they loan you one until yours is fixed.
     
  5. MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE

    MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have ran grasshopper,to me the scag is a better mower,don't throw apples at me but itz true with scag you will never look back...
     
  6. MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE

    MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE LawnSite Bronze Member
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    scag has a 3 year warranty........
     
  7. PLM-1

    PLM-1 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Grasshoppers are wonderful mowers. Very comfortable and cut really nice. You won't regret your decision. The 7400 seems a bit high but that could be right for your area. You won't go wrong with a grasshopper.
     
  8. edgeman2003

    edgeman2003 LawnSite Member
    from md
    Posts: 188

    whats the most I should pay for the grasshopper 223 model, it has the 23hp kohler? they have the demo that has 100hr on it for $6900
     
  9. edgeman2003

    edgeman2003 LawnSite Member
    from md
    Posts: 188

    the wildcat is like 2,000 more then the grasshopper. for only 3 more hp.
    www.bes-tex.com/products.php?kei=1081
    that just not in my range
     
  10. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 4,666

    Those Grasshopper prices seem fair to me. That is about what we sold them for at my shop last year.
    If you take care of that Grasshopper, you can expect it to run a minimum of 2000hrs. with no major problems.
    I see older models at our shop that are 20+ years old, and still going strong.
     

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