Switching Dealers...???

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by impactlandscaping, Jun 15, 2004.

  1. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,332

    Hey all. We just bought two Standers to replace the WB's we were currently using. The Standers have really increased our production time on every account. We had been using Snapper equipment for the last 5 years(wb's, z's, 21's etc), and get great service from the dealer. I told my salesman that there was nothing in the Snapper line up that could compare with the Standers(which I demoed for a week), and that it was a change in production, not a "problem" with the dealer that prompted my equipment change. Our Wright dealer also services our Stihl equipment, so we have had a rapport with them for a while before buying the Wrights, so I feel pretty good about service for the Standers when and if we need it. I will still use the Snapper dealer for other things such as Shindaiwa equipment, rental equipment, and parts, but I don't think I will be buying anymore high dollar equipment from them.You get a relationship going with your dealer and service guys after 5-6 years, and it kind of feels like cheating with an old girlfriend or when you leave them for the next new thing on the block..Anyone else ever feel like this when switching dealers????<a href='http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb008' target='_blank'><img src='http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/15/15_1_117.gif' border=0></a>
     
  2. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Posts: 4,347

    I did. I started being serious about lawncare last summer, and there was a really small dealer called Garland Saw. But their product line was limited, (so small, they couldnt get a toro wholesale license cause they werent big enough to buy enough voolume from them, so they had to buy all toro stuff from another dealer in the area). Well now I've switched to the dealer that they buy their stuff from. I had a string trimmer in for repair last summer and it took them about a week to fix, i just called the new dealer, Ed's Lawn Equipment (the biggest dealer in dallas) and I dropped mine off Sat night and it's already ready. This new dealer is sooooo huge it feels good to know someone like them has my back incase something goes wrong. And plus, the second time I came in there, they remembered who I was. So i get respect from a big dealer, that I know is capable of most anything, ya it feels good. But I hate knowing that I kinda gave my first dealer, who helped me start out, the shaft.
     
  3. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,332

    Guess that's kinda how I felt, but business is business...It's like taking the training wheels off your bike when you were a kid, you have to do it, but are unsure of the consequences of that action. Time will tell I guess..BTW- You have any luck finding a new truck yet? I'm looking at a 2002 F 350..Really sweet truck, almost be a shame to use it for a work truck. I heard the "Dallas" theme in my head, and pictured Larry Hagman driving it with a big ol ten gallon hat on his head when I sat in it the other day..LOL
     
  4. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Posts: 4,347

    I had the exact truck I wanted, but my insurance decided to be gay and not total out my truck. So it will be ready in 2.5 weeks from the shop. New frame, new bed, all new tires (my deductible is 500, and i get new tires, so i guess I came out on top because my tires were shot) but i have to pay higher rates now.). Anyways, 2.5 weeks and I'll be back to working 5 days a week. Right now I'm JUST mowing, I don't want to have to do any landscaping or cleanups with this jeep that im using, i NEED my pickup bed back. I tried looking on ebay for a cheap 150 to spend a couple thousand on or something but couldnt find a deal. Right now I'm looking around to see if anyone well loan me their truck for a few days.
     

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