Husqvarna Commercial Mowers: Sellable?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lancetaylor, Dec 19, 2002.

  1. lancetaylor

    lancetaylor LawnSite Member
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    I'm in the process of opening up a new lawncare dealership and am considering several different manufacturers of commercial ZTR & Walk-Behind mowers.

    I'll more than likely go with Husqvarna for their 2-cycle products since every street corner has a Stihl dealer. They (Husqvarna) have re-designed their commercial mower line and have gave me some sample pricing that should blowout everyone else.

    I'll more than likely sell Grasshopper, as we have a weak dealer in town and they have a very strong customer base so I should pickup alot of their service work but need to sell another line of ZTR & Walk-Behinds. I've spoke with Scag, Dixie Chopper, Hustler, Ferris, and Great Dane as none of them are represented in our area.

    I'd like to get the commercial contractors opinions of their products, especially those that have looked at the new design.

    Will Husqvarna sell?

  2. cajuncutter

    cajuncutter LawnSite Senior Member
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    Personally I do not like it. I would go for something like RedMax since everyone and their brother seems to deal Shin, at least that is what it seems like around here. Back in the day when I was "poor boying it" I used various inexpensive products such as Husky Homelite WEEDEATER AKA Poulan, which by the way some of that stuff you talk of is produced by Poulan if I am not mistaken. I depends what type of market you are out to target. I suggest if you are going for commercial guys rather than homeowners go for a better line.
  3. Lawn Dog2001

    Lawn Dog2001 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    We have a Husky dealer in our area. He deals in Huskys line of commercial turf equipment. I know just about every lawn contractor in my area and I have never seen a Husky ZTR or WB in theyre trailers. If you are going to deal in Huskys you should definately carry another brand of turf equip(Exmark,Toro,Ferris,Gravely, etc). Getting someone to switch from Exmark to Husky might be a tough sell.

    As for trimmers, how about Echo. You will get some service work from those who buy at Home Depot and dont have dealer support. Plus they are a top notch product.
  4. lancetaylor

    lancetaylor LawnSite Member
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    I know Husqvarna has several models of trimmers, blowers and chainsaws they sell to Lowe's which are NOT commercial grade and very well could be made by Poulan, which I would not sell.

    Their trimmers and chainsaws seem to get a pretty good rap on most forums. I spoke with a Husky dealer in a non-competing town and he has several contractors going into their 3rd season with Husky trimmers. He said he'll doubt they'll make it all the way through the season but still better than the Echo's he used to sell which didn't last a full season.

    RedMax is already sold by another dealer in town and we have a weak Shindiawa dealer and I've considered them but this would pretty much leave me without a chainsaw line.

  5. Randy J

    Randy J LawnSite Bronze Member
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    From everything I've read, Husky makes a pretty good product. I know their chainsaws are top notch (I just ordered a customized 372XP). And everything I've ever read about their mowers has been good. As long as you provide good service I don't think you'd have a single problem
    Is your shop open yet? I'll be in St Joe next week for the holidays.

  6. cajuncutter

    cajuncutter LawnSite Senior Member
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    Shin makes saws might be pricey but they got them
  7. lancetaylor

    lancetaylor LawnSite Member
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    They've got a bad rap in our area and even their rep said they won't sell. At least he's honest.

  8. P&J Lawncare

    P&J Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
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    Redmax and echo
  9. eslawns

    eslawns LawnSite Senior Member
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    I know Husqvarna has several models of trimmers, blowers and chainsaws they sell to Lowe's which are NOT commercial grade and very well could be made by Poulan, which I would not sell.

    That's not right. The Husky line carried in Lowe's is most definitely their commercial line, and it is not the same as the Poulan/Weedeater line. The trimmers are 322L and 325L and the variations of them. They are light, powerful, durable and better than anything else I've ever used, and I am hard on string trimmers because they are fairly cheap.

    IMO, the only product Husky makes that I don't like is the BP blower. I don't like the throttle on the tube/pistol grip. IMO, the Echo and Redmax are the way to go. A friend of mine has the Husky and he bought a Poulan Pro from a homeowner who said it was too heavy for $50. They are both very good blowers, I just have a personal preference.
  10. Farmboy

    Farmboy LawnSite Member
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    The lowes store that I have been to carried the husky 136 141 350 55 saws and the 322 and 325 trimmers also the 140b blower I do not remember the mowers they had them but I was not really interested in them.

    Why not take a look at Jonsered and maybe Dolmar! There is also green machine if they are still available.

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