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Toro GM1600 Decision

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Toro GM1600 Decision

Post by ox1574 » Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:20 am

Help me decide on which one to purchase.

2005 - light kit, wheels, catcher, fully serviced ready to mow - $1800-$2000
2007 - light kit, wheels, catcher, fully serviced ready to mow - $2500
2013 - wheels, catcher, fully serviced ready to mow - $2500 + ~$400 shipping

or spend about $500 on one (older model not sure on year)that's been sitting for years and don't know anything about it?

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Re: Toro GM1600 Decision

Post by Cory » Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:32 am

I may be wrong but those prices seem crazy. $2k for a 14 year old mower?

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Re: Toro GM1600 Decision

Post by ox1574 » Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:33 am

Cory wrote:
Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:32 am
I may be wrong but those prices seem crazy. $2k for a 14 year old mower?
Yeah local dealer is proud of their machines that come off lease.

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Re: Toro GM1600 Decision

Post by Cory » Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:49 am

@ox1574 I may pay it if it came with some kind of warranty, at least 1 year. But if it’s being sold as is I don’t think I could drop that kind of money on something so old.

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Re: Toro GM1600 Decision

Post by Prospect » Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:13 am

I just purchased a 2011 toro Greensmaster 1600 in March with transport wheels, lights and basket 2700 hours for $975 plus shipping
Ready to mow. The prices your dealer has seem high and I believe you can get a better deal elsewhere. I am very much a person that needs to put my hands on the product before I buy. But I would not hesitate to buy another mower and have it shipped. It does add to the cost. These mowers are built solid and last a long time. I have spoke to many mechanics and they say the Kawasaki motor doesn’t fail
Good luck, be patient, it took me a year to find a 1600. my local dealer wanted $3500 plus

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Re: Toro GM1600 Decision

Post by Tellycoleman » Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:05 pm

How many hours on the 2013? I think it has a display on it?

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Re: Toro GM1600 Decision

Post by ox1574 » Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:49 am

Tellycoleman wrote:
Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:05 pm
How many hours on the 2013? I think it has a display on it?
At least 650 hours.

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Re: Toro GM1600 Decision

Post by Tellycoleman » Thu Apr 18, 2019 1:06 pm

It not a bad price at all
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Re: Toro GM1600 Decision

Post by Brackin4au » Thu Apr 18, 2019 1:25 pm

Yeah at those prices, I would definitely pay the extra to get the 2013. Lot less time for it to be jacked around and not taken care of vs the others. With that being said... I would keep an eye on the Weeks auctions. I know one just ended yesterday, but there will be more. And you could get a much better price, although it may require a little cost in getting it in tip top shape. I paid right at $600 for mine (JD260SL) at the February auction, after fees and tax. Then maybe $200ish to get it in ready to mow shape, including a reel grind. It’s hard being patient to find the right mower at the right price, but it can be done...

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Re: Toro GM1600 Decision

Post by Reddog90 » Thu Apr 18, 2019 4:20 pm

I've always wondered if it's common to pay $1k-2k for a reel mower online. It seems like there are a couple sellers on ebay that source used greensmowers, go through them and then sell them in this price range. Just seems like a lot of money for a 10-15 year old piece of equipment.

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Re: Toro GM1600 Decision

Post by Greendoc » Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:34 pm

$1-2000 is not a lot of money for a machine maintained by golf mechanics after having been purchased new for $10,000.

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Re: Toro GM1600 Decision

Post by Brackin4au » Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:07 pm

Greendoc wrote:
Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:34 pm
$1-2000 is not a lot of money for a machine maintained by golf mechanics after having been purchased new for $10,000.
+1

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