new and need opinions

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by guest543, Mar 14, 2006.

  1. guest543

    guest543 LawnSite Member
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    My 16 year old son is starting a small lawn care business. I have a cousin that is a fireman, and has been mowing yards for extra cash for many years. He has always worked alone, or recently with his teenage daughter, mowing about 20-30 small yards. He recently purchased a new exmark mower. He's offering my son his old exmark mower for $1,200.00. It's 7 years old, zero-radios mower with a 14 hp Kawasaki engine, and a 36" cut. It's a stand behind mower. He is a very responsible, religious person, that I trust very much. Does this sound like a good deal?

    Thanks,

    RT
     
  2. Signature Landscaping1

    Signature Landscaping1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
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    7 yrs old? 1200 seems a little over priced on a 36'', is it a belt drive, or a hydro?
     
  3. YotaNate

    YotaNate LawnSite Member
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    My dealer had a Scag demo model with 15 hours, 2005 model, 36" WB for 2,000 last week. Still had full factory warranty too!
     
  4. PMLAWN

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
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    For 7 years it seems a little high
     
  5. Lux Lawn

    Lux Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    Offer him a little less.
     
  6. chriscraft

    chriscraft LawnSite Senior Member
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    sounds a bit high unless its a hydro i had one of those and was 4200 new but belt drivens are far less
     
  7. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    It IS overpriced....Great mower,...but overpriced. Shop around, and you will be able to find a bigger mower and a better deal.
     
  8. oslo

    oslo LawnSite Member
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    It is a bit high, but depends alot on what kind of use it got too. Sounds like you think he is a pretty good guy, so probably wouldnt sell you something with problems, which if you just buy from some random guy the chances increase.

    I don't know if that makes sense, but maybe pay a bit more for some peace of mind. Ask him for the family discount :)
     

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