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Used or New??

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by surfocean, Oct 4, 2005.

  1. surfocean

    surfocean LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    I'm planning on joining the business shortly, part time, 2 days a week to substitute my income. I am shopping for equipment and thinking of starting with a 36in walk-behind from either xmark, jdeere, or scag. Ive seen all the models in the showrooms, and I've also been looking at used models. I would prefer a used one since its less outta pocket and it can become my backup/gated-yard mower if the business takes off, and I decide on a 48. Should I get a used mower and what do I look for in a used unit as far as wear and tear and proper maintenance?
  2. mikefromny

    mikefromny LawnSite Member
    Messages: 224

    if you have the money buy it New if your strapped and looking part time (like you said ) i would tell you buy USED but buy carefully used. my 2 cents.
  3. KathysLGC

    KathysLGC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,345

    Look at the used equip section here.
    A 36" should be just fine if you think you'll have issues with gates. If many yards in your area don't have gates a 48" would be a better choice.
    As far as wear and tear, it's hard to tell just by looking at a mower. I know sone one with a nice 52"TTHP and he never washes it but keeps it in tip top shape. You would never know by looking at it.

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