The Big Plunge

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ramossjr, Jul 28, 2004.

  1. ramossjr

    ramossjr LawnSite Member
    from TN
    Posts: 19

    Ladies and Gents! I'm about to make the big plunge! I'm about to purchase a 5 yr old 14 hp 54 inch with 564 hrs John Deere Commercial Mower. I went to test it out, it cranked on the first pull, the cut was beautiful and I think it will do starting out. The price is $1400 and this comes with extras, too many to name. My question is do you think this is a pretty good deal? I've priced new ones (not John Deeres), and they're $2600 and up......I don't have funds for that right now......When I get larger then I'll begin to upgrade. Let me know what you all think.....:blush:
  2. jsmonroeCT

    jsmonroeCT LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Posts: 82

    I have a thought and this is what I would do and will do next year when I take my plunge. Take the $1400 and use that as a down payment on a new and then grab some of the wonderful financing that out there.
  3. MOJO111

    MOJO111 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 148

    If thats all you can aford then have a good look around first .
    Otherwise buy it ,you can allways trade up later:D
  4. 42homers

    42homers LawnSite Member
    Posts: 102

    Stay out of the used one!
  5. siclmn

    siclmn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 364

    What new 54 inch mower can you buy for $2600? My 36 inch cost me $5200.
  6. all degree

    all degree LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 344

    Remo you got hosed unless you have a 25HP motor and Dubs....

    $1400 sounds high on a machine that is 5 years old and was originally $2600. It only depreciated 50% in five years. You could buy a new 36" for that amount. I dont know anything about John Deere but I would guess that mower was more than $2600 new.

    One last thing I dont think that I would go below 17HP on a 54 inch deck. What kind of engine is it?? Kohler stay away IMO
  7. siclmn

    siclmn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 364

    I had to have electric start, hydro drive,enhanced t-bar controls, dedicated mulching deck not an add on kit. That is what I paid for.
  8. Up North

    Up North LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MN
    Posts: 1,063

    Ramossjr, are you just starting out? If so and this is going to be your only mower I'd maybe look for something a bit smaller to get through gates and stuff. If you already have a trim mower or something small then go for it if it seems to be in great shape.

    500+ hours isn't much for a commercial mower but that is a pretty small engine for a mower of that size, so I'd be a bit careful.


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