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What you think of this mower.

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by kebrowns, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. kebrowns

    kebrowns LawnSite Member
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  2. jones68

    jones68 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 453

    i try not to buy equipment with over 500 hours on it. i know a lot of guys that dont worry about that but i start thinking about repair costs adding up. i would much rather spend a few more dollars up front and have a lesser used machine. that being said you have to keep a watchful eye on the hour meter look for any signs it was tampered with. i have heard several stories of guys buying machines with low hours and come to find out the hour meter was disconnected. so i always check that area extremely well. without seeing the machine i have a tough time judging but to me the 48" exmark with under 500 hours for only 2 grand more seems like the better choice. your getting a machine with almost 950 less hours on it and a bigger engine. just my opinion good luck:waving:
     
  3. Moose's Mowing

    Moose's Mowing LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 453

    seems a tad high, but not too much. for comparison sake, I just sold my 2006 WildCat 52" with 1700 hrs for $2400. Mine has more hours than the one you're looking at, but is 6 years newer. mine was in "fair" condition. used but not abused. If you need a cheaper machine, go look at it at least, sure won't hurt. but I woudn't pay 3,000 for it unless it comes with some kinda dealer warranty. who knows it might be immaculate shape or might be a pile. Ive read on here guys having gotten 3,000 hours plus out of their scags with little problems. but I'm sure that's not normal
     
  4. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 2,715

    Pictures would give a better idea of the mowers condition and what kind of a deal it is.
     
  5. Ethan51

    Ethan51 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 185

    I wouldnt buy anything without seeing pictures. It sounds a little high for a 2000. if it were 2005+ i would say jump on it, but thats a little past what i would pay for something like that
     
  6. retrodog

    retrodog LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,420

    I just sold one on ebay for $2000. It was a 2008 with 1200 hours. It smoked a little at start up and I told them about it, he gave me $2350 and we put rings and serviced it out for him. It was a 48" with 19hp Kawasaki. Hope this helps, I do price things right though....
     
  7. srlawn

    srlawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 39

    I would see if you can talk him down a little on that price.
     

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