Buy New or Used?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by JohnsonLawn, Jan 11, 2004.

  1. JohnsonLawn

    JohnsonLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 400

    Just getting ready to enter my 4th season and I am cosidering adding some equipment. Currently using a 48" Lesco belt w/b as my primary mower and I only have a 21" as my back up mower. Thinking of adding a 52" Hydro w/b and a Lesco 16hp loader this year and using the 48" as my back up and helper mower. My question is should I bite the bullet and buy new, dependable equipment or try to find some decent used gear. I would be financing the new stuff so I would have a payment to deal with but I guess you get what you pay for and if the used stuff breaks it is not making me any money. Leaning towards new but what would you guys do. thanks
  2. LB Landscaping

    LB Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 1,309

    Depends what you find for used stuff and what the price is. If your only talking a few hundred dollars I'd go new, but once in a while you can find some really nice used stuff cheap. E-bay is a good place to look. I prefer going new but if the price is right I'll go used.
  3. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Messages: 4,899

    NEW! if there getting rid of it there usually a good reson and not the one about how they just don't need it anymore LOL

  4. clovergurl1487

    clovergurl1487 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 13

    I would try to go new. Olderthandirt has a good point. Also, something I learned the hard way is don't skimp to save a few bucks. Someone on here once said you cry once when you pay the extra bucks but you cry everytime you use the one you saved a few bucks on. I have proved this more than once....
  5. workaholic

    workaholic LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 260

    New would be my choice
  6. proenterprises

    proenterprises LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,296

    i would go new...esp of its going to be a primary machine-that way their is no uncertainty with a used machine.
  7. pjslawncare/landscap

    pjslawncare/landscap LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,410

    If you are a good mechanic, have the resourses and can handle possible repairs and you know what to look for on a used machine, than you can usually do well with used. If not, then go new.

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