Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Property Management Forums > Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs.

Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. Questions on your truck, trailer, commercial lawn mowers, lawn mower, mower parts, lawn tractors, engines, edgers, trimmers, pole saws, aerators, hydro seeders, snow plows, chain saws, stump grinders??

Rainy day question (hydros)


Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs.

Questions on your truck, trailer, commercial lawn mowers, lawn mower, mower parts, lawn tractors, engines, edgers, trimmers, pole saws, aerators, hydro seeders, snow plows, chain saws, stump grinders??
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 09-18-2012, 01:23 PM
Lopes Lawn Care's Avatar
Lopes Lawn Care Lopes Lawn Care is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: CT
Posts: 213
Rep Power: 4
Lopes Lawn Care is on a distinguished road
Default Rainy day question (hydros)

Next season I'd like to finally invest in a ztr. Now my budget will be pretty low so I'm definitely gonna go the used route. I know NOTHING about hydros so I don't know what to look for as far as wear on the pumps go.

For example if I go to look at a ztr how can I make sure the hydros are in good strong working order? Are there certain signs or sounds I should be looking for to indicate something is not right.

Another maybe even dumber question ( again pardon my ignorance on the matter). Is there a way to check for problems with the hydros if you can't start the machine? I ask this because I sometimes go to equipment auctions and many times people will do things to the machines so the next guy looking at it can't start it.
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 09-18-2012, 01:41 PM
SECTLANDSCAPING SECTLANDSCAPING is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: CT
Posts: 1,912
Rep Power: 0
SECTLANDSCAPING is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
You cant check much if it doesnt start.

Look into ebay. I bought a ZTR for $1250 and a ZT stander for $795 this year. You have some protection with ebay.

The hydros sometimes will whine, pull to one side, if there in need of servicing. This could be just a adjustment or the beginning sign of failure. You can check for leaks, might just be a hose. Check the fluid. Either way its only about $450 a hydro. If you get a good enough deal on the mower then it shouldnt be a problem to fix.

What auction do you plan on going to? Theres one in a week with a woods mower with a blower and vacuum. I dont even want the mower but I do like the attachments.

Including the trailer and the honda. I paid $2600 for all this.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09-18-2012, 02:16 PM
Lopes Lawn Care's Avatar
Lopes Lawn Care Lopes Lawn Care is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: CT
Posts: 213
Rep Power: 4
Lopes Lawn Care is on a distinguished road
Default

Thanks for the info Sect, yeah I figured checking the hoses and oil was a good start but knowing about the whining and pulling are definitely good tips cause I don't know sh*t when it comes to them.

I usually check out the davis auction here in prospect. (in my area)Never really anything good mower wise but even though i'm broke I like to check them out and see what things go for. Petroski (sp) is having a auction coming up soon. They always have a ton of stuff there. Think i got a flier with that mower on it.

My pops once picked up a full loaded ferris ztr there with all the bells and whistles, huge machine with collection system. He got it for like $900 then fixed a pump and sold it for a $4,000. This is before my mowing days. Wish he had not sold that now. haha
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 09-18-2012, 02:32 PM
SECTLANDSCAPING SECTLANDSCAPING is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: CT
Posts: 1,912
Rep Power: 0
SECTLANDSCAPING is on a distinguished road
Default

Yeah its at Petrowski, Ill be there. The auctions are hit or miss I seen a timecutter sell for $1800, a three wheeled scag for $400, and a brand new kubota for $7600. I wouldve bought that scag if it wasnt like 30 ft long.

I havent went to the Davis auction since its the other side of the state but I thought about it a few times.

Just one hydro isnt the end of the world. If you need a wheel motor also then the cost of fixing it doubles. If you need to do both sides then your going to spend. For the most part the machines are pretty solid and most fixes arent bad when considering the value of the machine. A good comparison is the residential ZTR's. You can buy them for $1000 but it cost a $1000 to fix a hydro since its integrated. These hydros only last a few hundred hours also. A commercial hydro is almost guaranteed for a few thousand hours. I have never seen two fail at once either.

Heres a picture of the woods mower. I dont need it but I been looking for a trac vac for my ztr with no luck. I might be able to get this for the same price. The snow blower is just a bonus.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 09-18-2012, 07:22 PM
Lopes Lawn Care's Avatar
Lopes Lawn Care Lopes Lawn Care is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: CT
Posts: 213
Rep Power: 4
Lopes Lawn Care is on a distinguished road
Default

Damn man, I didn't see that picture before. You can sure find the deals! Yeah used is the way to go. I guess it's only a problem for people that can't work on their equipment. I've always had used equipment and most of it has lasted a lot longer then I ever expected it to. If i had to bring stuff to the shop every time something happened there's no way I could ever pull this off.

Yeah that's the same reason I haven't been out to Petrowski often. It's just a long ride when your pockets are empty and your just going to watch. Although the few times I've gone it's like a wonderland of used equipment. Davis is hit or miss. Most of the time it's lots of old ****ty equipment thats been through hell and back but once in a while there's some good stuff. They're good for trucks though. A lot of fleet trucks from utility companies and such. It's alot smaller of an auction in comparison to Petrowski.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 09-18-2012, 07:26 PM
Lopes Lawn Care's Avatar
Lopes Lawn Care Lopes Lawn Care is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: CT
Posts: 213
Rep Power: 4
Lopes Lawn Care is on a distinguished road
Default

Hahaha yeah those 3 wheelers are huge. Seen them come up on craigslist a lot. Those things are just too big for my properties. It's like driving a train through someones yard.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
HELP experienced advice needed please! rainy days! baileysgreenthumb Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life. 7 06-06-2012 01:31 AM
Rainy Season I suppose... CHEESE2009 Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life. 6 06-17-2010 02:55 PM
Rainy Day Mower Maintenance CHEESE2009 Community Assistance 4 05-10-2009 03:19 PM
Safety net- the rainy day fund. Steve Health, Safety and Accident Issues. 1 04-22-2009 08:15 PM
Rainy weather dries up business Steve General Business Discussions 1 06-29-2006 01:45 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Opinions on truck wrap
Truro
Today 04:21 PM
Today 04:21 PM
by Truro
0 19
stubbon people
Bradcook21
02-16-2015 04:25 PM
Today 12:38 PM
by jrs.landscaping
39 1,251
How to sell annual...
GroPro
02-17-2015 12:31 PM
Today 11:57 AM
by CHenricks
6 524
I'm Back With The Best...
aduttonater
02-21-2015 01:41 AM
Today 08:48 AM
by jrs.landscaping
11 533
rock salt
Bradcook21
02-24-2015 11:17 AM
Today 08:46 AM
by jrs.landscaping
23 493
price for snow clearing?
Bradcook21
02-25-2015 09:11 PM
Yesterday 08:54 PM
by Bradcook21
5 183
My Newborn son
avetslawncare
Yesterday 01:07 PM
Yesterday 02:18 PM
by Steve
2 60
Facebook
element009
03-23-2011 09:36 AM
Yesterday 11:37 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
52 11,798
Blade sharpener
Just for Cuts
07-04-2014 01:31 PM
02-26-2015 03:43 PM
by Mr. Mow
15 1,726
viking cyclon.
uppercut
01-29-2015 09:12 PM
02-26-2015 02:54 PM
by Steve
5 510
Ugliest lawn contest
Steve
02-23-2015 04:17 PM
02-26-2015 02:51 PM
by Steve
2 275
Start LIKING FACEBOOK...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 01:06 AM
02-26-2015 02:41 PM
by Steve
1 112
Another website update
Chilehead
02-26-2015 11:24 AM
02-26-2015 12:46 PM
by Just for Cuts
3 106
tips on creating a...
BLAZIER-1991
01-08-2015 07:22 PM
02-26-2015 02:44 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
5 714
New Lawn Care Service...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 12:49 AM
02-26-2015 02:24 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
1 115
Finally!
SGL1
02-22-2015 09:46 PM
02-25-2015 10:15 PM
by SGL1
13 452
leaf removal.. mulching...
facework84
08-05-2011 03:26 PM
02-25-2015 08:07 PM
by Steve
5 2,794
How many customers?
SC93
02-25-2015 12:40 AM
02-25-2015 04:59 PM
by SC93
5 231
Irrigation...
charlieallen
02-24-2015 01:16 PM
02-25-2015 02:58 PM
by Steve
6 227
use a small business...
BLAZIER-1991
12-25-2014 12:21 AM
02-25-2015 12:46 AM
by SC93
33 2,814
honest opinion please
uppercut
02-17-2015 02:30 AM
02-24-2015 07:12 PM
by homey
10 650
2nd year advice anyone
Bradcook21
02-18-2015 07:00 PM
02-24-2015 05:15 PM
by Bradcook21
14 630
need help
lawnexpers115
02-23-2015 05:36 PM
02-24-2015 02:49 PM
by Steve
3 269
Hello People
nativikee
02-23-2015 07:17 PM
02-24-2015 02:43 PM
by Steve
4 274
New member
qua ke zik 001
02-23-2015 11:24 AM
02-23-2015 03:40 PM
by Steve
1 228
New Video
Sprinkler Buddy
02-22-2015 09:18 PM
02-23-2015 03:19 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 257
need help with SCAG...
apmAkron
02-23-2015 09:14 AM
02-23-2015 01:57 PM
by apmAkron
3 253
which degrees would be...
BLAZIER-1991
02-20-2015 04:46 PM
02-23-2015 01:47 PM
by Steve
9 417
Trouble logging in
avetslawncare
02-21-2015 02:06 PM
02-23-2015 01:44 PM
by Steve
1 508
John Deere Quik Track...
acrajchel
02-20-2015 03:12 PM
02-23-2015 01:40 PM
by Steve
1 285
Trimming and...
joshlawncare
02-15-2015 02:04 PM
02-22-2015 09:48 PM
by SGL1
5 618
where can i post this
zippy-phil
02-17-2015 07:58 PM
02-20-2015 02:02 PM
by Steve
7 502
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 11:41 AM
02-19-2015 04:43 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
29 2,656
Thumbs up or down?
lawnman1959
02-18-2015 11:40 AM
02-19-2015 01:22 PM
by Chilehead
3 416
Am I growing too fast?
Mattcrump
08-04-2011 11:54 PM
02-19-2015 12:34 PM
by Steve
11 5,208
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 12:18 PM
02-19-2015 12:31 PM
by Steve
1,215 371,850
How to obtain more...
winkie61
02-17-2015 08:31 AM
02-19-2015 12:29 PM
by Steve
3 523
Mowing 2 acres
Bradcook21
01-05-2015 03:13 PM
02-19-2015 12:23 PM
by Steve
16 1,472
FREE Custom Website...
breadcrumb
01-31-2015 10:58 PM
02-18-2015 01:32 PM
by Steve
5 1,114
Taking a step back
Billy Goat
02-16-2015 07:37 AM
02-18-2015 01:17 PM
by Chilehead
9 595
Employees
stevej
02-17-2015 05:25 PM
02-18-2015 12:47 PM
by Mr. Mow
1 407
Landscapers from hell!!
Chilehead
01-29-2015 03:55 PM
02-17-2015 07:48 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
9 1,017
Cannot access your Itune...
winkie61
02-17-2015 10:00 AM
02-17-2015 03:26 PM
by Steve
1 360
Advertising on internet...
Sprinkler Buddy
02-13-2015 01:22 PM
02-17-2015 01:00 PM
by Steve
9 675
new to this forum
NIP'N'TUK
02-14-2015 07:54 PM
02-16-2015 10:03 PM
by Steve
2 491
Advice on bidding 20...
sleepydunn
02-15-2015 07:38 PM
02-16-2015 09:59 PM
by Steve
4 611
New to me mower
xandrew245x
04-27-2014 08:02 PM
02-16-2015 09:48 PM
by Steve
8 1,397
mower blades
tlf59263
02-09-2015 12:36 PM
02-16-2015 05:16 PM
by Just for Cuts
8 826
Just Quit?
ringahding1
01-30-2015 06:23 AM
02-16-2015 02:16 PM
by joshlawncare
18 1,513
Advice on Bidding...
veteranlawnservice
02-08-2015 09:21 PM
02-16-2015 12:14 PM
by joshlawncare
18 1,227
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 apartment complex apartment lawn care estimate bark blowout bob villa collections commercial contract help demonstration door hangers edging employee problems facebook first truck flyers gopherhaul grass gravely growing a lawn care business hardscapes hills hiring how to hydraulic landscape landscape services landscaping training lawn aeration lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business podcast lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website managing a lawn care business marketing more customers business mr dave new mower ordinance past due patio install per hour charge podcast profit on employee push versus ride running a business scag v-ride scripts search engine optimization sell the vision seo shreaded snow plowing sq ft sulky toro tractor auger trailer mate pro truck new used landscape walk behind web design website won't return wood wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:07 PM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:07 PM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy