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Lawn Mower Shopping

April 15th, 2013 at 04:21 pm

We'll probably buy a lawn mower by the end of the week. With all the rain we had last week, and the apparent heat we'll be getting this week, the grass will start growing.

Our budget is $4,000. Remember that DW and I will be sharing this mower with my folks. There are three new models available at local dealerships that fit the budget. Or ... should we buy a used commercial grade model for the same money? That's the question we're trying to answer. New residential vs. used commercial?

The commercial grade is better built, sturdier, etc. But, it's used, and the previous owner traded it in for some reason. Maybe because always want a "new" mower. Or maybe because it was giving them problems.

We'll probably end up going new residential. That's the direction DW and I are leaning (I think), but if we seem to find the right used model...

2 Responses to “Lawn Mower Shopping”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I wouldn't buy a commercial lawn mower that is used. They get a lot of use in a season and that is why they trade them in for the next model. Lawn companies can't afford to be without a mower. However, if you could go used knowing it has been refurbished and with a warranty of some sort, I might consider it.

  2. Xtreme Thunder Says:

    This is a tough one. I personally would check out a commercial grade unit as they are made with higher quality, more durable parts. It all depends how many hours are on the unit. Nothing wrong with purchasing new residential unit, but check out the warranties as they are not long usually anyway and usually limited warranties. Ask the dealer to compare a maintenance schedule with residential vs. commercial units. Anything can break, but also ask what units they see in for service most often and what for. You are going to want to service the unit at least once a year whether its a residential or commercial unit, ie. oil change, blade sharpen, belt inspections. If you are handy, you can even perform those tasks yourself to save some money. All about what you feel comfortable with in the end!

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