Buying used turf equipment such as mowers, sprayers and UTVs can be a great way to save money, but if you’re not careful you could end up with the turf version of a “hangar queen.” Avoiding the following mistakes when
purchasing pre-owned turf equipment will help make sure you get your money’s worth.
Do Your Research Before Buying
Never buy a piece of pre-owned turf equipment without doing your research first. If the maintenance records for the piece of equipment are available, review them to make sure it has been properly maintained. Also, look at photos and videos of the product, if available.
Buying a Fixer-Upper
You might be tempted to purchase a piece of used turf equipment with a discounted price, knowing that it isn’t fully functional or is in need of repair. This is probably not a good idea. It may very well take more t
ime and money to fix the equipment than you expected, in which case you’ll have to decide whether to fix it anyway or lose your original investment in the equipment. You’re taking at least a small risk buying used equipment to begin with, but if you’re buying broken, used equipment you might as well try your odds playing the lottery.
Buying Equipment That Doesn’t Exactly Fit Your Need
When it comes to turf maintenance, there are many types of specialty mowers and other types of equipment designed for very specific tasks. Don’t buy equipment that is “pretty close” to what you really need just because you’re getting a great deal on it. In the long run, this will end up costing more in lost time and hassle than simply paying for the right maintenance equipment.
Ignoring Obvious Warning Signs
Sometimes when you think you are about to get a great deal, you can convince yourself to overlook quite a bit. That puddle of fluid under the machine is probably just water, right? And that funny noise the engine is making is probably just your imagination…
This is one of those times you should trust your gut. If something feels wrong, it probably is. Better to be safe than sorry – avoid purchasing equipment that you don’t feel really good about.
Purchasing a Model That Is out of Production
Eventually, you’ll probably need to replace some parts on your piece of turf equipment. If it’s an older model that is out of production, sometimes those parts can be hard to find. If you are purchasing an out-of-production model, make sure that you can fix it using parts that are available. The bottom line is that as long as you use common sense when purchasing turf maintenance equipment, you will be able to get some great deals.
Contact Kenney for All of Your Turf Equipment Needs
Kenney Machinery is the leader in used turf equipment for all of your needs, including commercial and golf course maintenance. Shop for in-stock used Toro equipment, including pre-owned and off-lease items. Kenney has a wide selection available, including used Toro application equipment, Toro mowers, Toro cultivation equipment, Toro utility vehicles and Toro specialty landscaping equipment such as bunker rakers.
At Kenney Machinery, we’re happy to assist with all of your needs. If you have a question about a piece of used turf equipment or would like to place an order, fill out the form you’ll find on each product page on Kenney’s online site or give us a call at 317-593-2258.