Is it cost effective to buy and rebuild a 21" Toro ?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by mgregm, Aug 9, 2006.

  1. mgregm

    mgregm LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    I am looking to start a new company next year and trying to get good Equipment the cheapest way. I found an Exmark 21" with kawasaki for $850, and a toro for $950. which as i was told are almost identical. I found a toro shell/ frame on ebay for $35. Now the questions is if i puchased that and build it with new parts or found one with a bad motor and replaced the motor how much do you think it would cost and would it be a good idea?
  2. Team-Green L&L

    Team-Green L&L LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,775

    We bought a good Kohler 27hp for $1000, but your mower won't need that big of a motor.
  3. mgregm

    mgregm LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    Found mower junk yard for $75 said everything is there but has bad motor and probly needs some other things fixed. I think i might need new cables, wheels,paint, and blade should cover most of other things. found new kawasaki 6.5hp for $300.00 at dealer. so it should run me at most 500.00 and a new exmark which should be the same would cost 850.00 plus tax. which one would you guys go with?Used with new motor $500 or all new $900?
  4. Dunn's

    Dunn's LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,534

    New $75.00 dollars is alot for a junkyard frame of a mower
  5. CutInEdge Lawn Care

    CutInEdge Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 677

    I would go with the new and depriciate it out. Your time is worth money. It's not just $500 It's $500 + your time and experience. If your good enough to be doing this what would you make at a shop doing this kind of work + research time spent? You have prob already spent a min of an hour on this in thought and posting = $60 Another couple hrs getting parts, running around, fuel, then the rebuild time. Good Luck!!!

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