Need some advice...

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by dothelawn, Aug 21, 2002.

  1. dothelawn

    dothelawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    I know this thread is misplaced, but I sure could use some advice. I posted the following on the Homeowner's Assistance board, but have gotten no replies.....

    Hi everyone,

    New here and really like this place.

    Anyway, would greatly appreciate some advice.

    I can buy an '01 Simplicity Coronet 14HP Kohler w/ 34" cut for $1700 + tax. Seller (dealer) says mower has been demo'd once for about 10 min., is started daily to move in and out of store. It is also reported that it has a slight amount of paint fading from the sun, but not that noticeable. I have not seen mower and will have to buy sight unseen, due to being 100 mi. from store. I suppose I could reject it if it really wasn't represented truthfully. Seller will deliver free, just wants to sell machine to make room for new inventory.

    Is this a good deal??? Thanks a lot, guys.

    By the way, I'm cutting about 1/2+ acres, hilly with some large planters and trees in the back. Been using a third-hand '87 JD RX75, 30" w/ 9 HP Kawasaki for the past three years (1st rider). I believe it still has some value for resale.

    Thanks again.
  2. dforbes

    dforbes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 195

    wish i could help but oi'm not familiar with this mower. Price sounds good compared to other mowers this size
  3. jkelton

    jkelton LawnSite Member
    Messages: 243

    That's not too bad - probably could get him to go down a little on price since it is almost 2 years old and it has been outside. Starting and stopping the mowers to move them outside can be rough on the engine - the engine does not have enough time to heat up and burn off excess condensation in the engine. Good thing is that you will be getting the full warranty, which I believe is 2 years. As for the machine itself, it is built well for a residential rear engine rider. Simplicity has built their name on delivering a quality machine that delivers a quality cut. My suggestion to you is to either have the dealer send you some pictures (digital if possible over the internet), or drive up a take a look at it yourself.
  4. dothelawn

    dothelawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    Thanks for the info. guys. I appreciate it.
  5. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    As far as tractors go, Simplicity has ALWAYS had a good and noteworthy standing in the industry. Though they (the name) are compared closely to a department store quality, these tractors have always held up well. Far better than the department store brands.
  6. dothelawn

    dothelawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    jkelton - many thanks for your suggestion to have the dealer email some digital pictures. He did and the machine looks really good. If it's sun-faded, I can't tell from the photos. It looks brand new.

    For the price, I think I buy.:D

    Thanks again, guys.:)
  7. dothelawn

    dothelawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    Hi. I'm dothelawn and I'm a dip$hit. The freaking mower was used!!!

    At least I had the nads to turn the guy down after he drove 100 mi. to deliver it. I did offer him some $ for his time and trouble, but he turned it down.

    The mower was definitely used, but hyped as new. bull$hit.

    How does that old saying go?..... If it's too good to be true, it probably is.

  8. dforbes

    dforbes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 195

    Your a better man than me. If he misrepresented himself I would of been asking for money for my trouble, than offering money for his.

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