Best Used Mower on a Budget

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by APLUS LAWN CARE, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. MOturkey

    MOturkey LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,782

    I also tend to agree that your best option might be to put down a portion of the funds you have available, and finance a new mower. Lots of 0% financing available. You will have some additional upfront charges on those loans, but generally speaking it is still under 3% of the amount financed. One minor repair covered under warranty will more than offset that.
  2. jackal

    jackal LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 488

    There are Deere's around with 600 - 800 hrs for your price. Lot of guys sell them when they go out of warranty and the dealers don't give much for trade ins.
  3. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,795

    we have several mower sfor sale here, kubota(higher price range) and two wright standers at or under $3500
  4. StanWilhite

    StanWilhite LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,397

    My advice would be to take your time and look around at whatever is available (new and used) at a good value. And when I say a "good value" I don't necessarily mean the cheapest.....or the most expensive. I mean what ever you happen up on that provides you with the best machine at the best price.

    And remember, negotiate! Most dealers (and individual sellers) will add a little "wiggle room" in the price so they can come down a little, making the customer think they're getting a better deal. If a customer comes along and doesn't negotiate...the more "gravy" for the seller! :)

    As several have said here, look at CL, eBay, and local newspapers. You may find a great deal by checking CL for surrounding cities...not just yours. By looking at all commercial mowers for sale, whether new or used, you'll find a much better value mower (because of a much larger group to consider) than looking for a particular name brand.

    Nowadays commercial mowers share a lot of common components, so as long as you stick to quality built mowers, you'll be fine.

    One last important point. When you negotiate, do it politely, don't insult the seller by "dogging out" his mower, or offering a ridiculous price, because you'll put the seller on the defensive and he will not want to do business with you!
    Good luck and enjoy the "hunt"! :drinkup:

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