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eXmark 36" - sanity check before I buy

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by 30ftup, Mar 26, 2006.

  1. 30ftup

    30ftup LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    Guys, have only used smaller mowers up until this point. I have the opportunity to purchase this mower for $2000.00. The guys says he only used it once and it was just to big for his property. He says he paid $2600.00 new last year.

    Does all seem right?

    Please advise and thanks.


  2. northernsvc's

    northernsvc's LawnSite Member
    Messages: 65

    look at the muffler and under the deck for wear and rust, does it have an hour meter on it? what kinda engine?
  3. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    please get more info about the year of it, engine size and engine brand. i noticed that it is a pistol grip unit, and it looks like the instructions are still wrapped around the velke, but deffinatly check the unit out more closely, if it looks good, maybe offer a little less and see where that gets you. looks good from the pic but, that sure can be decieving!! good luck, eXmark has good stuff
  4. 30ftup

    30ftup LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    Thanks for the help. I found out it is a Kawasaki with a 13 horsepower engine Is this the standard engine?

    Thanks again for your help.

  5. Jake's Lawn Service

    Jake's Lawn Service LawnSite Member
    Messages: 127

    It was the standard engine a couple years ago, but they offer 15hp models now too.
  6. 30ftup

    30ftup LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    Did the 2005 models have a 13hp engine or the 15hp? Sounds like even though he is selling this as "bought last year and only used once", that he might have bought it used.

    What was the standard engine on the 2005?

  7. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    You want a simple remedy? Gte the numbers off of it, and call Exmark. They will be able to tell you exactly what year it was manufactured. That will give you a closer idea. It IS possible that this unit was sold a year after the model year. That is not that uncommon. It looks like a nice unit, though.
  8. EPIC

    EPIC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 108

    seems pricey to me i cant say exmark it a bad brand but i dont like pistal grips . if i were you i would go for a good used t bar walkbehind.I bought a 2000 36'' toro with two wheel sulky that is in perfect running order and was very very well kept whole thing runs fist time every time and i only payed $1050.00
  9. EPIC

    EPIC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 108

    oh and if u are wanting a good walkbehind i hear from alot of people and am thinking about getting one my self is the quick36 made by better mowers it supposed to be the best out thier.
  10. justanotherlawnguy

    justanotherlawnguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,282

    I would say it is older than that. I have the same mower that I got in 2003 with the 12.5 kawasaki. It is hard to see, but that engine looks a little older, the air filter looks to be on the front of the engine, mine is on the sides.

    I dare say also that ECS is pretty much standard on all Metros now, so if he got it last year, it probably would have had ECS controls.

    My guess is it is at least 4 years old and probably worth $500. That machine does not have an hour meter so it will be hard to tell.

    Like the other guy said, call eXmark to find out for sure.

    Honestly, who buys a machine and uses it once and then sells it? Nobody....

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