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Are Used Commercial Mowers Dependable?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Whitaker24, Jun 28, 2008.

  1. Whitaker24

    Whitaker24 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 111

    Instead of me spending say $2400 or more for a residential Z Turn mower, would a commercial grade mower at say $3300 be dependable based on the hour meter?
  2. dura to the max

    dura to the max LawnSite Silver Member
    from georgia
    Messages: 2,246

    ive had 6 w/b and 2 z's all used and never had a problem out of them. i would say go this route and save money. imo a residential z is no better than the tractor mowers. there was recently a thread by lawnworks about this very topic.
  3. Lawnut101

    Lawnut101 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,260

    It depends on how many hours and how well it was maintained. Yes, it will have repairs, but it will probably be dependable at least until you have enought to buy something else that's newer/better.
  4. CrewKut

    CrewKut LawnSite Member
    Messages: 193

    Yes, they can be. Just make sure that you do your homework and thoroughly check the equipment out before the money leaves your wallet. If the equipment passes muster and you are getting a good value for your dollar, then go for it.

    The problem sometimes is that people take shortcuts and they get burned. Either because they didn't research or bother to thoroughly check it out. Maybe they bought something based purely on appearance.

    That is not to say that a piece of used equipment has to be in pristine condition before you should buy it. That would be unreasonable. You just try to minimize your risk and maximize your value.

    There is a lot of good used equipment for sale, there is a lot of junk too. It's up to you to tell the difference.

    You can not make that judgment based solely on the hour meter (at least I can't). What if it was run with little or no oil in it for a length of time? It still has low hours, but maybe other issues as well. That's why I recommend a thorough check up.

  5. stevenf

    stevenf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,612

    Right now I think one of my hydro pumps are going out. I would much rather pay to repair a spindle on a commercial rather then a Hydro pump on a residential. Thats why Im in the market for a commercial also.
  6. Whitaker24

    Whitaker24 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 111

    What are some things to look for whie checking out a used commercial mower? Ive been the told difference in residential vs commercial is like night an day as far as parts ect? is that true?
  7. RLLServicesCT

    RLLServicesCT LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Messages: 225

    Make sure you start the machine and LET IT RUN for as long as the seller doesn get tired. Also look for leaks, slips, hour meter, rust, damge, dents, any "funny" noises. I bought a lesco 36 and I had a transmission problem halfway through season, so watch for wear and tear on the pullys as well. It was a simple after all, but would have cost me an arm and leg if I had the dealer do it.
  8. SIWEL

    SIWEL LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 509

    all my equiptment is bought used except for trimmers. i would rather pay 3 grand for a used Z and have to put 800 into it then buy a 12,000 Z. i could turn around and sell my used stuff for the same price if not more then what i bought it for. id rather have my equipment work for me rather then me work to own my equipment. new machines are way far off in my future, i will buy used for as long as i can.
  9. dura to the max

    dura to the max LawnSite Silver Member
    from georgia
    Messages: 2,246

    same here.
  10. RLLServicesCT

    RLLServicesCT LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Messages: 225

    Yeah, Two years ago I bought a little 5hp walk behind leaf blower just to have around for $250. I used it a good amount and sold it this year for $275.

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