Buying from the "big box"

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by rhythm28, Apr 30, 2008.

  1. rhythm28

    rhythm28 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    I'm looking at a few zero-turn mowers at Lowe's and Home Depot. They don't have all the horsepower I want but they are definitely within my price range. My question is: Should I stay away from these stores and look somewhere else or go ahead and buy what I need from them? Thanks!
  2. Carolina Cuts

    Carolina Cuts LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,152

    after several years of working in this industry...
    I will never ever...
    never, ever, never buy a residential piece of equipment that is to be used everyday.
    but that's just my opinion.
  3. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    If money is an issue you're as well off looking in the classifieds for a used rider, because I agree you might see why we never buy them kind of machines, I did... But 4-5-600 for a nice one and you're set, you can get one for as little as ~1-200 sometimes.
  4. rhythm28

    rhythm28 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    they've got some zero-turn mowers. i'm not talking about your everyday, $300 "residential" mower.
  5. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 515

    Your probibly thinking of the JD Z225 or something like that I believe. That mower is still a residential mower even though its zero turn. If you use it everyday for commerical use, in no time the whole thing will start to loosen up and feel crappy, then the breakdowns will start. I would steer away from that. I know its entising because of the price, but you'll be glad later on that you didn't get one. This applies to any of the zero turns at lowes or home depot, weather it be the toro, deere, cub cadet...

    BUT one thing that home depot does sell that you can use commercially if you'd like and I think are the best ones around, are the the Ridgid hand tools such as the bow rakes, garden hoes, shovels, etc.... The best part is they come with a LIFETIME warrenty.
  6. Paulup

    Paulup LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 270

    Get a commercial, even if you have to go used, you'll be very glad you did. Residential zero turns start crapping out after a few hundred hours, where commercial usually make it 2000+ before anything major ever happens.
  7. All_Toro_4ME

    All_Toro_4ME LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,578

    They have commercial string too for your string trimmers. :)
  8. Carolina Cuts

    Carolina Cuts LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,152

    I understand that.... but just because you sit on it, and it goes round and round and round, doesn't mean it's commercial grade. And HD and Lowes products are not commercial grade.

    You asked 'if you should stay away from these stores...' and you got some answers. Yes, they're in your price range, but they are not commercial grade long lasting machines built for everyday use. HD & Lowes machines zturns are built for the 1-2 acre residential homeowner.

    If you wanna cut 3,4,5 relatively small lawns a week, then SURE go pick one up, but it won't be long, (promise) before you're wishing you had bought something commercial.

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