The Pros and Cons of New Versus Used Outdoor Equipment

If you are looking to pick up a snow blower, lawn mower, hedge trimmer or any other outdoor equipment, you do not necessarily have to buy new. You can purchase used yard machines that oftentimes function just like those that are brand new. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of buying new versus used equipment.

Buying Used

Pick out a gently used mower, plow, tractor, snow blower or any other outdoor equipment and you just might be surprised at its efficiency. As long as the item is suited for your specific needs, is in decent condition and costs less than a new version, you should not hesitate to give it a shot. Just make sure that you know how old it is and whether it needs any major or minor repairs before paying. Another consideration is whether there are parts still available for the machine. If it isn’t too old, you should not have a problem picking up used parts and materials to keep it operating.

Before purchasing a used piece of outdoor equipment, you should perform a little research regarding the price. While there is some risk in paying for used outdoor equipment, you’ll save plenty of money by doing so. Check out how much new machines cost and do some digging as to what the going rate is for specific used models. This information will help you establish an acceptable price point. Sometimes, it really does make financial sense pay about 70 percent of the retail price for a machine that is a couple years old.

Buying New

If you have any fear of used outdoor equipment not operating properly, do not hesitate to buy new. There is an argument to be made for buying new machines. They provide a priceless peace of mind, flawless operation, all the latest bells and whistles and in some instances, a warranty. You might have to pay between 20 and 50 percent more for a new item rather than a used one, but you’ll undoubtedly get years of use out of the machine without a worry.

At Ralph Helm Inc., we carry new and used lawn care equipment. Whether you’re looking for the latest model or a gently-used item for a good deal, we’ve got you covered. Visit our website to shop our new and used equipment.

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