craigslist find. good deal?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MowingIL, Jun 20, 2013.

  1. MowingIL

    MowingIL LawnSite Member
    Messages: 56

    so I found a 2003 toro proline hydro 44'' floating deck for $1850 with 165 hours. I will be trading my 2011 lesco 34'' stand on with 27 hrs for it and the guys gunna throw in an extra $1500. does this sound like a good deal?
  2. bln

    bln LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    Done, lesco is the not the quality I look for in my mowers.
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  3. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,139

    The hours seem awful low, I'd have to see it first.

    One other thing, too...
    Never take someone's word for what year that make and model is.
    Grab a piece of paper and pen and when you go look at the mower, write down the model and serial number and go look it up.
    Seen it happen just recently on Ebay some folks claiming some mower was a 2008 when I knew they stopped making that model in 2005.

    To save yourself some time you could write down all the hydro 44" float deck model numbers for that year before going to look at it, believe it's only one or two, maybe three or four of them... And if the numbers don't match up you know the mower you're looking at wasn't made the year they're claiming.

    Otherwise you don't know man, you could be buying some 1997 model Hydro that's had a non-working hour meter for the past 14 years...
    Like maybe they put 165 hours on it the first year, then the meter stopped working.
    Just as well if you have a high hour mower you get a brand new meter, plug it in, turn on the ignition, 165 hours later turn it back off.

    Not saying folks can't be trusted, but you need to check and double check everything.
    The reason why, is if things add up, you know they're not lying or at the least they seem to know what it is they are selling.
    And if things don't add up, I would keep on looking too.
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2013
  4. Caddyshack Lawn Care

    Caddyshack Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 748

    That's what I like about this man. He trusts no one. He's spot-on.

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