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RFQ for equipment and good dealers for deals!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Pristine PM, Jan 8, 2007.

  1. Pristine PM

    Pristine PM LawnSite Member
    Messages: 208

    Hi Guys,

    I am looking to get the best prices for a large (to me) amount of equipment for this spring and we are going to the landscape congress tomorrow and were thinking of dropping of lists with different dealers. We are willing to drive to get better deals and I wanted to know if anyone does this and if they have actually saved?

    2 - Floating, Fixed deck walkbehinds, 36inch
    6 - BR600 or equal backpack blowers
    5 - commercial 21inch mowers
    5 - commercial, stright shaft line trimmers
    2 - 12x6 trailers

    I know this isn't much, but our problem is that we only have the leasing room for $25000, so we would like to have these come in somewhat close to that, anything more is right out of our pocket and we wouldn't be able to write it off.

    I was going to print out an RFQ, and hand it out at the show. There will be different dealers from all over Ontario there. Also, we were thinking about driving to the states for equipment. I emailed Bison Turf, and a couple places in Michigan, but haven't heard back yet. Are there any places within 10 hours of Toronto that you would recommend we email?

    We have a really good repair guy, so I am not worried about dealer support. Most of the major brands are fairly close as far as parts availibility, and there is always the internet.

    Let me know what you think about doing this,


  2. wowmowwow

    wowmowwow LawnSite Member
    Messages: 209

    my two walk behinds wont fit a 12' trailor. they measure over 12' in length. if you can pull a bigger trailor then get the 16'. you wont be dissatisfeid with all the room.
  3. Pristine PM

    Pristine PM LawnSite Member
    Messages: 208

    There will only be one walkbehind per trailer. We have a 16 and it would be too long for what we do. We will have 3 crews this summer and each will have 2 -21s, 2- trimmers, 3 - blowers, and 1 - 36". All that will easily fit on a 12. We have a dump insert for the fall, and another one will come in the fall and we have backup equipment, (our current equipment). We only take care of Townhouse complexes, so I am not worried about room.


  4. Pristine PM

    Pristine PM LawnSite Member
    Messages: 208

    Sorry to bump this, but I was really hoping for more advice, I will be going to the landscape show tomorrow and would really like to know if anyone has done this before and the results.


  5. dwlah

    dwlah LawnSite Senior Member
    from Argo Al
    Messages: 558

    Sounds like your needing price quotes
    If it were me Id print up the equipment list put your contact info on it and pass it out to whatever dealer/vendor you felt led to
    Then give them a set amount of time to get thier quotes to you
    That way you can sit down and look over all the quotes at one time
  6. Prestige-Lawncare

    Prestige-Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 753

    I haven't done it ... but if I were you I would go for it. Give them all the same story, that you are looking for that equipment on the list, and are interested in their package price. Make sure you give them a time limit, and stick to it.

  7. mowerconsultant

    mowerconsultant LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Syracuse, NY
    Messages: 9,769

    Stop and see me in the Hustler booth (418), I have several dealers that would work with you in Ontario.
    Are you in the GTA?

  8. Pristine PM

    Pristine PM LawnSite Member
    Messages: 208

    We have already sent walker an RFQ, and we would be happy to have other Hustler dealers bid. We are out of Scarborough.


  9. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,910

    We bought our Walker at Kitchener Tractor. Did quite a bit of research and now 7 years later it has proved to be a good decision. The Walker is still holding out well and any parts we did need from them they delivered quickly. One warranty job was handled quickly and correctly with no more problems. We haven't bought much from them since because we usually buy at auction sales but if I was buying new I would definitely go there again. They sell a good variety of stuff and were good to deal with. We dealt with Jeff Sallans and Bill Kidd. I did most of the work over the phone and then my wife did the final negotiating herself at their stop. They sell trailers too.

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