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Advice on mower decisions

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by michiganmower10, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. michiganmower10

    michiganmower10 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 190

    Alright heres the story and i need anybodys 2 cents to help me decide.

    Been doing grass for 6 years for myself and others, but want to see what people on here think of options.

    I have 3 USED mower options, prices might change due to a closed bidding system

    03 Exmark Lazer Z liquid cooled 27HP Kawi/72" deck 2000 hrs burns some oil runs well other wise, bid starts at $1700 for this

    04 Hustler Super Z 28HP Kohler/72" deck 2000 hrs(engine replaced yrs back due to drain plug falling out:hammerhead:) runs well, bid starts at $1400 for this

    04 Scag Belt drive walk behind 15HP Kawi/48" deck 24hrs(CORRECT) runs great, looks new, bid starts at $800 for this

    I already have a 48" Ferris, but shes getting old and has alot of hours(2400 on original 15hp kawi)

    Mind you the way this bidding system works is, you put your bid in, then at the end they will just draw the highest bid for that particular machine. So its hit or miss if i can get anything unless this bidding thing stays quiet:drinkup:
  2. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,983

    You have a mower but leave out it's condition with 2,4000 hrs.

    Though you think it a good idea to spend $1,7000 on a mower that burns oil and has 2,000 hrs.

    Or $1,400 on another antique.

    If you can afford to spend $1,700 you can afford to fix your mower is it breaks down. If your mower makes it through the season that means $1,700 more to go to a down payment on a new mower.

    Why buy a 72" mower? Most people do not need a mower that size.
  3. michiganmower10

    michiganmower10 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 190

    i work in a area dominated by 60s, i did this on the side for years in highschool etc., but now i cant find a whole lot in my price range as far as 60" Zeroturns go, so ive been looking to get something bigger so i can compete with buisness near me, i am the only one in my area that only uses a walkbehind, i have literally seen no others. on the other hand i might be folding my fathers buisness(smaller commerical and city house in metro detroit) so i have to consider what will be more beneficial
  4. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,230

    Scratch the old liquid cooled, oil burner. Destined to be a money pit. 2000 hours on anything is a tipping point and a crapshoot at best. I would keep looking or better yet, take your 1700 and put it down on new. Provided you have the work to support the purchase.

    IMO none of the machines are worth the opening bids, but there will be guys pawning their gold teeth to overpay for them.
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  5. michiganmower10

    michiganmower10 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 190

    Yeah funny the old liquid cooled looks the best out of the riders, and im only at a dozen accounts, that being said im between a rock and a hard place, ive worked for big companys(at least around me)my whole life, my dad has a small operation, and so do i, the idea was to combine us together, since hes getting to old and worn out to keep up anymore, that REALLLY makes this decision hard due to the fact i do larger residentials while he does smaller stuff in the city, guys round him use 36/48/52 walk behinds and riders, where im at they use 52/60/72s to do everything, mostly riders, but i need to get some credit going, im in no debt, but ive only payed cash for everything, if i could get a small loan to at least upgrade if would be nice, my truck is a wreck, it just looks like **** due to driving to highschool for 2 years ha
  6. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,230

    It hurts to grow brother. For a dozen accounts I would stick with a WB. Get a newer one if you need to. If the truck is that bad, that is your priority. Use the cash as down payment on that first. No truck, no business. A tranny alone would eat that 1700. If you take over your dads biz try to get him to accept a percentage for x amount of time. Good for you and steady income for him.
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  7. michiganmower10

    michiganmower10 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 190

    dont i know it bro, ive been busting my ass forever for other guys, i just as everyone knows downsizing from what your use to, last company i worked for used 3 ztr's and took a wb out one day a week for one hill

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