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Prices about right ?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by kingofbling, Mar 2, 2006.

  1. kingofbling

    kingofbling LawnSite Member
    from dallas
    Messages: 64

    Hi guys, i went and priced some mowing equipment today and was wondering if it was about right ? (meaning what they sell for), there was only one dealer in my area so i went there, there are some other dealers but there about a hour and half away.

    These were the prices i got, (was just pricing various pieces)

    $399.99 - Stihl Br-550
    $2599.99 - Scag 36" WB
    $2599.99 - Scag 32" WB
    $2519.99 - 13/32 KAW Toro
    $399.99 - Stihl BR-550
    $279.99 - FS80R Trimmer
    $329.99 - FS100RX
    $219.99 - ECHO SRM-251E

    So the question is which brand should i go with for those who have used them ? Stihl or Echo ? I did notice Echo was cheaper but not sure if it was as good as Stihl.

    Which brand would be better Scag or Toro ? The ones i priced were walk-behinds and if im not mistaken they had belts on the side, the toro was a KOHL brand engine. Im not sure why the 32/36" are the same price.

    Thanks in advance for any help.
  2. kingofbling

    kingofbling LawnSite Member
    from dallas
    Messages: 64

    Anyone ? :waving:
  3. MJM landscaping

    MJM landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 156

    I heard the belt drive walk behinds will slip when they get wet.
    I used all echo power tools. I like them. I would buy either echo or stihl depending on who is a better dealer for parts and service.

    BRAD'S LAWN CARE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    Well i have a Toro walk behind that is belt driven I've had a problem with
    mine but i don't cut if it has rain and it's to wet. Brad
  5. B&D Lawn Care

    B&D Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 342

    I have a belt driven exmark wb myself and I get skittish at a heavy dew.
  6. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,095

    What equipment does the dealer push more? What does he stock more of? Does he stock a good amount of parts for those brands as well?
  7. kingofbling

    kingofbling LawnSite Member
    from dallas
    Messages: 64

    There is a very small Exmark section, a medium sized Stihl/Echo section.

    There mowers are pretty much mixed together (no section for toro,etc).

    From what i understood on the sales tag is that they service the mowers for the warranty (although i could be wrong) but they do stock plenty of parts. I have purchased some parts for a Wal-Mart mower i purchased back in 1998.

    I asked what brand they would recommend and they told me there all the same (in quality) so they really didnt try to push me off to one brand, however i did notice echo was the cheapest priced.

    So is $2519.99 - 13/32 KAW Toro a good price ? I dont want to overpay alot since i know sometimes dealers jack up the prices. The only WB mowers they have are Scag/Toro.
  8. dtelawncare

    dtelawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 227

    I have 2 Stihl trimmers, 1 Stihl chainsaw, and 1 Stihl BR550 blower. I use a 23 HP 52 inch cut Exmark Lazer Z AS. I love every peice of equip I have. Those prices seemed to be pretty close. Try to do a search on line for product ratings and prices. I think consumer digest has this info.

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