woods..why they being sold?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mowisme, Jun 27, 2010.

  1. mowisme

    mowisme LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 898

    I always thought the 'woods' mowers were a quality machine- I was just brousing the CL's and noticed several for sale? I know these are maybe older models..and 18hp for 60" seems quite under-power..is that why? just seems that that is why or they are getting rid of due to hours/age- The machine is a quality machine thou right?
  2. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    This is another reason why I'm brand loyal, if it's not made by a
    certain company I will not even consider it.
  3. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 4,662

    Woods machines can be difficult to get parts for. The reason for this is, that Woods does not make any of their own ZTR's. They have other company's build them under contract, and, they change manufacturers about every 4 or 5 years, if not more often.
    A Woods dealer can not possibly keep a good parts supply for all these different mowers, and Woods has trouble maintaining a good supply of parts from their "former" manufacturers.
    However, if you know who actually built your Woods mower,( manufacturer/brand/like model), you can go to a dealer of that brand and get your parts. The color might not match though.
    I know that over the past 10 years or so, Woods mowers have been built by Bobcat, Gravely, Snapper, and possibly Encore. Grasshopper was involved back in the early to mid 90's.
  4. mowisme

    mowisme LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 898

    Thanks guys..that's why. I'd not want a mower unless It was made by a loyal and reputable maker. I guess I'd buy one if say was a BC one..but I'd look into parts availability first I guess.

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