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Used vs. New Toro dilema

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by wpines, Mar 15, 2004.

  1. wpines

    wpines LawnSite Member
    Posts: 54

    I'm looking at a 2001 toro, 27 kaw, liquid cooled, 60" deck with 160 hours for $6,000. There's no warranty left, more years than hours. The guy bought an 01 leftover in 02 and tried to make a go of it for one year in 03. Here we are in 04.
    A toro dealer has an 03 leftover, new toro still in crate, 23 air cooled kohler, 60" deck, full warranty for $6,495 plus tax.
    What would you do and why?
  2. grasssin

    grasssin LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 361

    new toro for extra $500 definitely. You get the warranty and it is NEW... I am about to buy a 2002 Toro Z 20 kohler with a 52" cut for $4900.........Only 41hours on the machine!!!
  3. wpines

    wpines LawnSite Member
    Posts: 54

    The '01 deck is a fabricated deck with the sloped leading edge, The '03 deck is the formed deck with the bullnose leading edge. Any difference in cut quality?
  4. Liberty Lawncare

    Liberty Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 485

    I know an outfit that bought 4 new toro mowers last season .The toros broke down more than any commercial mower I have experianced.
  5. GrassFearsMe

    GrassFearsMe LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 340

    Downside you are steppin down in power for a 60 inch mower 23 hp not goin to be enough. We have 23 on our 52. Upside you have a new mower with a wrty.
  6. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,028

    Yep it will cut grass but when the growin gets tough, the 23 may not be exactly what you need.
    I personally am a fan of higher hp and torque. A 26 or better yet 28EFI is the only way for me. What you save in money on the initial purchase may be wasted in lost productivity in tough mowing conditions. Don't get me wrong, a 23 is a good motor but you are spinnin a 60" deck and hydro drive units too. It works nice in dry light growth. It can be a different story in wet heavy conditions. Just my thought cause you asked. Good Luck.
  7. CamLand

    CamLand LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,300

    how about more detail,like what was causing these machines to break down,it seems your reply is really you that had the problems by the way it was formed..

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