Why are Snapper Pro WBs so much cheaper than everybody else?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by tb8100, Mar 13, 2008.

  1. tb8100

    tb8100 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from TX
    Messages: 1,625

    Just curious. I see their gear drive walks going for in the low to mid 2s, and their dual hydros in the 3s. How do they do it?
  2. coonman

    coonman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 686

    I don't think that is much different than many others. Ferris has some around the low to mid 2's. I believe Husky, Bradley and Redhhawk are in that range and soare the Quicks.
  3. Jusmowin

    Jusmowin LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 727

    I was wondering that myself.....a hydro for 3k not a bad deal?
  4. 8307c4

    8307c4 LawnSite Member
    from VA
    Messages: 33

    Start by looking at the gauge of the steel used.
    How thick is the steel in the deck, and the frame?
    Is it pure steel or an alloy, and if an alloy what kind?
    What about the brand of the engine?
    Paint type, and thickness, too.

    All this makes a difference, and that's just for starters.
  5. tb8100

    tb8100 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from TX
    Messages: 1,625

    7 gauge steel top and skirts on the deck. Sports the same spindles as the Zs too I believe (same as Ferris). Most of their stuff seems to be of decent quality...
  6. GPDesign1

    GPDesign1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 428

    A lot more goes into establishing the retail price of a product than just its "cost". The company's long-term market strategy, economies of scale, strategic alliances (and a dozen other factors) play a role in setting price. :dizzy:

    Briggs (Snapper) may simply be applying predatory pricing to gain market share. "Freeze-out" all of your competitors and then own the market. It worked for the Japanese! :laugh:

  7. tb8100

    tb8100 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from TX
    Messages: 1,625

    Could be. There are a few companies that may be doing that right now. Of course, they're doing everything they can to minimize cost so they can apply these lower prices, such as going dealer direct and doing nearly everything digitally.
  8. flhntr

    flhntr LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    just cause they put a sticker on a mower does not make it a commercial mowers
  9. bill8379

    bill8379 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 778

    That's so 1980's... now a days we say, "It worked for the Mexicans":laugh:
  10. YoungGun

    YoungGun LawnSite Member
    Messages: 103

    I have a Snapper ZTR with a 25 Kawa thing is comparable to my old exmark. i have also had 2 COMMERCIAL Snapper WB NEVER a major problem

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