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Steve
01-22-2007, 01:33 PM
Ever thought of making your own mower? This site had some interesting insights into the process a mower went through to become a product sold to consumers.

Did you ever see this mower for sale?

http://www.sherwoodfarmgroup.com/images/GW%20WC%20proto%20crate%20175%20mod.jpg
From this pile of parts propped up on milk crates came the idea that would bring in millions in profits.

http://www.sherwoodfarmgroup.com/images/GW%20WC%20proto%20finished175.jpg
The first working prototype was called “BigMow”. It was used as the photo model for the business plan, a sales video, market research, and personal demonstrations to executives.

Numerous departments and talented people then collaborated to bring it to production, where it was an immediate success.

New Product Brings $10 Million Per Year In Revenues (http://www.sherwoodfarmgroup.com/newproductlaunch.htm) - For Troy-Bilt/ Garden Way, we invented an entirely new concept in lawn mowing, then helped other departments develop and implement it into a $10mm/year profit machine.

The concept was simple: To create “The fastest lawn mower in town.” If you’ve seen one of those $2,500 commercial “run-behind” mowers that turn on a dime and zip under and around shrubs, you know what we mean. The two questions were:
· Can a home-user version of that be made for half the price?
· Will anybody buy it?
With a $1,250 price being more than most riding mowers, experts doubted that people would buy a walking mower like this.

tiedeman
01-22-2007, 03:56 PM
I have thought of many times of making my own mower. They is something that is never included or never made "right" on the mowers that you have

Steve
01-22-2007, 04:04 PM
What would you like to do differently?

AMW Graphics
01-22-2007, 07:06 PM
I have a "special project" that i will do when i have some free time and extra space.

If I were to build it, it would:

1) Cut down on maintainance on the mowers.
2) Save a lot of money on fuel.
3) Very ECO friendly.
4) Simple to UPGRADE.
5) Much less wear and tear on the operator.
& More..

They would be right in the same price range as current riders, but with all the savings they will be much cheaper in the long run.

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Steve
01-23-2007, 02:22 PM
Do you think mower companies who sell direct have a chance to survive against those who sell through dealers?

Is there any chance for a small start up to get off the ground?