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New or Used?

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

  1. soloscaper

    soloscaper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    I'm getting ready to buy my first mower. Don't have much to spend. I was thinking of buying used and wanted some feedback. Also should I buy WB or a ryder?
     
  2. NEPSJay

    NEPSJay LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 492

    used wb to keep overhead low
     
  3. soloscaper

    soloscaper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    What should I be looking for as far as wear or damage on a used machine?
     
  4. NEPSJay

    NEPSJay LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 492

    make sure machine has reasonable amount of hours, you really dont want anything with 2000 hours on it, make sure no major leaks, smoke or knocks. check the deck for rot, check pulleys and spindles turn free. check tranny for slippage, if hydro drive, check that for leaks. make sure all gears/speeds including reverse work. make sure main frame is not twisted. make sure PTO engages properly, etc etc. its mostly common sence stuff. just look around and dont jump on the first one you find.
     
  5. soloscaper

    soloscaper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    Thanks for the help!!
     
  6. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,095

    What size properties are you going to be mowing? If you are only mowing smaller areas, you may want to look into a 36" so you can get thru gates. JMO
     
  7. soloscaper

    soloscaper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    So far under 1 acre.
     
  8. Lawn Masters

    Lawn Masters LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 850

    In addition, when looking, make sure the spindles arent flopping from side to side, and the blades sharp, clean filters, things that would indicate the machine has been treated well and not neglected or abused to death.
     

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