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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Re: Toro GM1600 Decision

Post by UGADawg » Fri Apr 19, 2019 11:12 pm

If I were to spend $2k I would try to get something like this one: http://www.mtidistributing.com/mtipreow ... er-1600-7/

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Re: Toro GM1600 Decision

Post by HoosierLawnGnome » Sat Apr 20, 2019 6:32 am

If you can buy one from a top tier course in the area directly that's your best bet. Just like buying a used car you know if that guy took care of it nor not once you feel him out.

If you've ever talked with the supers at different courses you know they are all different. The guy they hired at the par 3 is different than the guy at Augusta. Same for mechanics.
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Re: Toro GM1600 Decision

Post by MasterMech » Sat Apr 20, 2019 11:20 pm

HoosierLawnGnome wrote:
Sat Apr 20, 2019 6:32 am
If you can buy one from a top tier course in the area directly that's your best bet. Just like buying a used car you know if that guy took care of it nor not once you feel him out.

If you've ever talked with the supers at different courses you know they are all different. The guy they hired at the par 3 is different than the guy at Augusta. Same for mechanics.
You never know, the guy maintaining 20 year-old greensmowers (practically antiques in that application) at your local course might have a leg up on guys wiping down brand-new OEM sponsored equipment at Augusta. Same with the supers, having a limited technology set, budget, and natural soil (“push-up”) greens commands creative agronomy to achieve acceptable results. Augusta is the big sandbox with all the latest tech AND toys. As long as the sun rises in the east, they’re going to look and play phenomenal.

Bear with me as I watch golf on TV from an entirely alternative perspective. When I see them running 12 fairwair mowers 2-3x a day during tournament play, cutting them in a single pass in a matter of minutes, I’m not thinking to myself, “That’s so impressive that they get the same aftercut appearance from 60 cutting units!” It more along the lines of “F$&@ Me! Who DOES that?” :lol: Augusta, that’s who!

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Re: Toro GM1600 Decision

Post by HoosierLawnGnome » Sun Apr 21, 2019 6:12 am

Mastermech, good point.

I've found the small time guys really have a bead on what's fundamentally important. They dont spend much time on the micromanagement of diminishing returns.
I like green turf, and I cannot lie!
You other lawn nuts can't deny!
That when a lawn shows up
With an itty height of cut
and a reel mower in your face
You get SPRUNG! Want to pull up tough!
Cuz you KNOW that lawn is boss!
Baby got TURF!!!

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