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odd idea of mine?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Frontier-Lawn, Jul 30, 2008.

  1. Frontier-Lawn

    Frontier-Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,949

    i was flipping through my j Thomas cat and got a idea. would it be economically feasibly to just buy all the parts from them and build you own ex-mark or scag, or ect?
  2. billslawn89

    billslawn89 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,364

    how do you have time to do that now?:dizzy: i'm not that far from you and i know you got to be busy! i'm coming to your town tomorrow..maybe i'll see ya somewhere. anyways, why would you want to ?
  3. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,273

    You would probably save some money but you'll be putting a lot of time into it.

    J.A.G LAWNCARE LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 931

    PRICE it out and see
  5. Frontier-Lawn

    Frontier-Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,949

    well i tend to cut every 2 weeks to once a month in the winter, so i do have time to kill.

    plus it may be cheaper also then buying a new one at full retail.
  6. Frontier-Lawn

    Frontier-Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,949

    i have s. venice and sorento clay to do tomorrow and then I'm done for the week, today was fruitville and beeridge area
  7. billslawn89

    billslawn89 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,364

    i'll be off of venice ave, alligator and lemon bay and back to north port, and same..should be done if it don't rain..10 to do...:clapping:
  8. CrewKut

    CrewKut LawnSite Member
    Posts: 193

    Neat idea..... and you could do it, but economically feasible, I doubt it.

    Many years ago I managed a collision shop, and once, during a slow spell, I decided to figure out what it would cost to buy the parts and assemble a car. I don't remember the exact model, I think it was a mid sized Chevy that sold new for about 12k. In the test, I priced the parts with my discount (about20%) and I didn't figure the labor into the total. The total was somewhere around 17k just for parts and I'm sure there would be a lot of incidentals that were not in there. Keep in mind that this did not include the labor cost to put it together. I suspect that the same would be true for your mower idea. The parts travel through too many hands to make it viable.

    But if you have time to kill, get your calculator out and sharpen your pencil. Then let us know for sure. :usflag:

  9. KatKutter

    KatKutter LawnSite Member
    Posts: 48

    I buy alot from J Thomas. Belts, bearings, switches, clutch, alot of the working parts. Some of it like the chasis, cutter deck, fuel tanks, Im not sure they even have. Wheel motors, pumps and engine would be 3500.00 +. So buying out right would proly be cheaper. But it would be fun to build your own, if a person had the time.
  10. tb8100

    tb8100 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from TX
    Posts: 1,627

    margins are higher on parts than whole goods. This is true for virtually any industry. There is no way it would be economically feasible. The freight alone would eat you up on a frame and all the parts, not to mention the labor and guaranteed incidentals like parts ordered screwups. And you wouldn't have a warranty or a professional setup by a dealer.

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