Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lawncare3, Jan 7, 2003.

  1. lawncare3

    lawncare3 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,981

    Do any of you guys buy used equipment as ur main equip? Ie: mowers, trailers,trucks...
  2. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Posts: 4,254

    In a nutshell, NO. I did buy a barely used Shidaiwa stick edger, but thats it.
  3. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    Trucks only...everything else brand new.
  4. IBGreen

    IBGreen LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 726

    A couple trimmers and blowers. If a mower has low hours or you need a backup then yes. And trailers, yes.
  5. Heller Landscaping

    Heller Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 204

    Trucks YES Trailers NO Mowers MAYBE and Handhelds NEVER:)
  6. Turfdude

    Turfdude LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,900

    I'm w/ Rodfather - trucks only. They're NOT worth the big $$ brand new. Lettheinitial purchaser take the big hit. You can get good deals on 3-5 yr. old trucks if you keep your eye out for one.

  7. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Posts: 3,010

    YES to all above. it would not be prudent to pay full price if previously owned was as acceptable.

  8. SDlawndawg

    SDlawndawg LawnSite Member
    Posts: 119

    I always buy new. I pay full price but that includes a warranty and not worrying about how the equipment was maintained. Saves time and headaches which makes me money in the long run.
  9. Barkleymut

    Barkleymut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,117

    I only buy new. I would consider a used trailer since there is really nothing to worry about except brakes and greasing the points. I am way to skeptical to buy anything that has an engine and is used.
  10. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,076

    Up until a few years ago I had bought more used equipment then new. That was back when I had more time. The key is to check everything over before you purchase it. If you know what to look for you shouldn't get burned but it can happen. Now have more accounts and children I less free time to do repairs on older equipment.


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