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New or used?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lantz, Mar 29, 2002.

  1. lantz

    lantz LawnSite Member
    Posts: 17

    I am just starting and actually going in with a partner. I am confused on what to get. I know that I want either an ExMark or Bunton 52 hydro walk-behinds. However, I dont know whether to buy new or used. I am afraid that I could be buying someone elses problem. I really don't have alot of startup capital. However, we do have $14,000.00 monthly in accounts. Any suggestions? Is it worth taking a chance with a used mower?Need Help! If buying used what should I look for if the hours are not kept?
     
  2. stslawncare

    stslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    from DE
    Posts: 1,484

    ur concern abuot buying used is completelu understandable. i personally would go for the exmark, look it over urself for anything obvious, run it, see how it does.
     
  3. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,910

    My thoughts on this would be especially if I was short capital then for sure I would go new because you can't afford any quick expensive repairs that it might need. For your front line mower I would make payments on it if you have to, can't afford a breakdown customers don't care about your money problems.
     
  4. Currier

    Currier LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 564

    If I had 14,000.00/month in accounts lined up I'd get to the dealer and do one of the 6 month 0 interest finance options.

    Maybe start off with something used that could later be a back up but there is nothing like new and nice. It runs great, looks great, performs great. Pretty soon the 14000 start to grow, the new machine can respond to the extra work, the used may struggle.
     
  5. chargincharlie5

    chargincharlie5 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 13

    i bought a used bunton with a brand new motor on it used it one week and the transmission broke i went and bought a new mower so if i were you i would not buy someone elses junk buy new you'll now what ya got and it reliable i could have taken the money i used for the used mower and put it to the new one i guess its live and learn so learn from my mistake it will be cheeper for ya ive allready paid for the lesson so you dont have to
     
  6. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,144

    14,000 dollars a month gross is not that amazing when you considser half the net has to go to his parter....plus expenses.
    Bottom line.....2 people have to live off this income, I can understand his wanting to save money.
     
  7. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,033

    I'm wondering how in the world you can get $14,000 per month in accounts without having a mower. Good marketing?
     
  8. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    If you want to keep those accounts you need to buy new. You don't have time for downtime. Exmark quaility is awesome and the customer service can't be beat by anyone in the industry. Exmark mowers have one of the top cuts in the industry.
     
  9. lantz

    lantz LawnSite Member
    Posts: 17

    You are not the first person that has said that. I was previously in sales the last seven years. I actually went through the yellow pages and CONTACTED( meaning actually speaking to the Decision Maker), 347 businesses, 72 apartment management companies and went door to door. It's all in the numbers and I wanted to make sure and have the accounts before I invested my money and career.
     
  10. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,033

    Sounds like you know what you're doing Lantz. I'm from the "build and they will come school".
     

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