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Should I buy a Great Dane Mower???

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by greeninga, Mar 29, 2008.

  1. greeninga

    greeninga LawnSite Member
    from GA
    Messages: 81

    I normally use Exmark and Hustler. I paid $12,400 plus tax for an Exmark back

    in August. I saw these mowers advertised for $5,895, a Great Dane Chariot, I

    was told they out of business and you can not get parts. But the other day I

    saw a great dane dealer, and he said this was not ture, he could sell me one

    and get the parts. Have any of you guys had any experience with them,

    yeah I know you might say you get what you pay for, but comparing the

    cost. I could get two of them for what I paid for the exmark. I figure I could

    almost pay cash for the machine and kill alot of the intrest at that price. Are

    they any good the great dane mowers???

    What do you guys have to say???

  2. tallimeca

    tallimeca LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,229

    Was picked up by Ariens/Gravely. There is some inventory out there at great prices as the restructuring goes on, which includes appointing new distributors. The old distributors are moving out the inventory at crazy prices.

    Just be carefull because the warranty situation hasn't been finalized as far as i know, but the prices are so cheap, it's worth the risk.
  3. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    I knew the Great Dane distributer in my area and he said that they are a very good mower. He could have been just saying that since he wants to sell them. But Great Dane was owned by John Deere a while back and then was bought by Ariens. So they have a good company manufacturing them. I don't see any people in my area with Great Dane's and many dealers have stopped carrying them. As for how they perform in the field I would not know.
  4. shovelracer

    shovelracer LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,008

    The only time I drove one was about 10 years ago. It was awkward at first, but cut OK. It was horrible on hills. But my opinion may be bias cause I dropped one off a 6 foot cliff and bent the frame.
  5. lawnprosteveo

    lawnprosteveo LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Messages: 1,930

    I have an old Deere Quik Trak that is basically the Great Dane Super Surfer painted green. I love stander type mowers. IMO, they are the best on small to med. residentials. But, I would NOT buy a mower that may be going out of biz. Take a look at the Wright Standers, they are well made. Maybe the Deere Quik Traks. I personally would not consider a Great Dane.
  6. kjslawn

    kjslawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 618

    Walk behinds are great best stipping mower with no kit. Surfer is great also. I heard the ZTR grass clogs deck? Good on hills though
  7. jaybird24

    jaybird24 LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 623

    We bought some when they first came out and they were decent mowers, some breakdowns but worth the money, by 2002 quality control and engineering apparently decided to just get drunk on the job or something because we had 4 of them and we could not keep them running, mostly electrical and frame cracks, but multiple small things, profit went from 18% to 5% in one year, the only thing that changed was the mowers, so I would say avoid them like the plague. This was 2 chariots and 2 super surfers.
  8. SoloSulkySurfer

    SoloSulkySurfer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 224

    I would go for it. I see quite a few surfers/super surfers in this area.
  9. retrodog

    retrodog LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,429

    I wouldn't, I see to many around here broke down. The dealer here won't even sell the parts anymore, we have been helping the ones that are stuck with them get after market stuff and doing the repairs, cause yep you guessed it the dealer doesn't even repair them anymore. There are waaaaay better options in the $6000 price range with warranties and better built machines. I was offered buy a lawn company here, and the downfall was that I had to take 3 of his Great Danes with it.....after looking at them, and mowing on them, I couldn't even consider trying to sell them.
  10. greeninga

    greeninga LawnSite Member
    from GA
    Messages: 81

    Yeah I think it may be in my best intrest not to buy that mower, but the cost is what is so attractive. Thanks

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