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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by BigK, Apr 5, 2005.

  1. BigK

    BigK LawnSite Member
    Posts: 1

    A partner and I have a small equipment dealership and we don't currently carry a line of what we consider high-end commercial mowers. We are have been approached by a couple of distributors to stock their line of equipment. I was wondering what the professionals like to see in a high-end mower? What are the top 5 considerations when considering a purchase of a new mower? Any comments that will help us in deciding what line has high appeal to the landscape pro is appreciated.
    FYI - one of the distributors talking to us is grasshopper.
  2. TheKingNJ

    TheKingNJ LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 781

    Well there will allways be a market for Exmark and Scag.

    I love my ferris, i think they would catch on more if there were more ferris dealers.

    I like the grass hoppers too.
  3. K&L Ent.

    K&L Ent. LawnSite Member
    Posts: 7

    :p I have to agree with the King Exmark and scag are great mowers I just picked up a new Toro Z500 27/60, purchased a Toro Z200 25/52 last year and love them both to death, I reside in PA so let me know and good luck with the business!!!
  4. AL Inc

    AL Inc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,218

    Good dealer support is my #1 priority. I pretty much buy along the lines of what my dealer sells because he backs them 100%. Parts availability is also important. There are lots of good brands out there. I've been very happy with my Ferris mowers also. I also have Scag and Wright Stander machines which have been great. I've pretty much switched over to RedMax 2 cycle equipment.
  5. MacPhersonlawn

    MacPhersonlawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 170

    When considering the purchase of a new mower my my 1st priority is service.
    As long as it is a quality commerical mower, service is the overriding factor.
  6. greenwithenvylandscape

    greenwithenvylandscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 134

    I'm in Lakeland FL and use Toro and Hustler mowers. I have problems getting the Toro parts. I bought the Hustler from a dealer that has 4 or 5 different lines and he talked me into the Hustler. I bought from them because of their reputation and the parts avail.
  7. timinkc

    timinkc LawnSite Member
    Posts: 217

    1. Quality cut
    2. Dealer Support
    3. Reliabiltiy
    4. Ease of Maintenance
    5. Price, maybe i should say value

    not really in that order, because they are all equaly important to me. I love my Ferris too.
  8. MJLsLawnCareNmoreLLC

    MJLsLawnCareNmoreLLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 841

    Yes Exmark and Scag are very popular brands and just about every dealer carries them. Id like to see a few more dealers that offer more of a variety of other brands. My suggestion would be carry one of the big guys like Exmark, but offer a few of the less popular brands as well.

    My recommedations:
    1. John Deere
    2. Dixie Chopper
    3. Ferris
    4. Walker
    5. Grasshopper
  9. Equipguy

    Equipguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 370

    Hustler has good dealer support and a nice margin as well. Ck'em out.
  10. ToroLandscaper

    ToroLandscaper LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,177

    You Have To Have Toro

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