Buying used equipment, what should I look for?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Big Money, Oct 2, 2011.

  1. Big Money

    Big Money LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    I am in the process of starting a part time lawn care business and hope to hit the ground running next spring with 10-15 residential customers.
    With this season coming to an end, I'm expecting some used equipment to become available.

    My question is what should I look for when purchasing to make sure it is a sound piece of equipment.

    Items looking to purchase:
    1) Used ZTR (48-52")
    2) Used walkbehind (48")
    3) Used trimmer and backpack blower
  2. nismothunder

    nismothunder LawnSite Member
    Messages: 53

    Leaking gaskets

    Lack of grease

    Loose bearings

    I think this has been covered before. But good luck in your endever.
  3. Barrett Landscaping

    Barrett Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,629

    if your only doing 10-20 lawns i would not even look at a ztr. just get one or two hydro walkbehinds.
  4. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,545

    Mowers that haven't been greased regularly are trouble you don't want.

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