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Originally Posted by justin_time View Post
I have a question

How many years/hours do companies start trading in for better/newer/upgrade equipment ?

My tractor just hit 300 hrs today and it's only 2.5 yrs old.

Use and abuse, I think I am ordering myself a commercial mower during winter for the spring.. I hope I get financed.
I am a big believer in commercial all the way.

There are a few reasons for this:

1) The average commercial lawn equipment is built better than the average consumer lawn equipment. You might get lucky with a consumer unit but ordinarily commercial is going to outperform consumer everytime.

2) Running commercial equipment gives a sense of professionalism to your business. If customers see you with the same ratty lawn mowers they have in their basement they may decide they can do just as good a job themselves.

3) Downtime costs money. A day or two's lost productivity can counteract the money you saved by buying a consumer unit.

4) Business relationship with the dealer. Buying from equipment dealers has perks. Those guys know the inside scoops on lots of contracts and upcoming jobs. If you have been a good customer to them, they will scratch your back too and give you the low down.

As far as number of hours before thinking about trading goes, I guess I've always had good luck with my equipment. I'm a firm believer in a very strong maintenance schedule. Oil changes, filter changes, lubrication, weld cracks before they get out of control, replace bearings, etc. It's a good question though...I guess I've never really thought about trading equipment before about 2,500 to 3,000 hours for most of my commercial mowers.

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