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What to look for when buying a used greens mower

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I unloaded my fleet of McLane's on CL. They both sold in less than a week. So now I'm on the hunt for a new mower for the upcoming season. I'm only considering Toro or Deere, with a bias towards Toro. I used them in the early 2000's while working at Southern Hills CC.

Obviously reel and bed knife condition are critical. The least number of reel blades the better. But are there any other problem areas or wear items that I should inspect?

After some digging I found the local Toro turf supplier in town. Going to check out their inventory in the next few days. I was told they have some GM1000 and Flex 21 that range anywhere from $1500-$2500 range and are "reconditioned". Which I assume only means they preformed an oil change and a grind. Seems a little steep compared to what some have acquired at the auctions. But it's always nice to inspect the equipment in person before buying.

Anyone know when the next Week's Auction is?
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I would like to assist, but I don't have any experience with a groomer (I'm assuming that is what you are referring to). As I understand it, a groomer's job is to stand the grass up for cutting, but I believe zoysia that is healthy and thick does that pretty well on it's own. I may be looking at a jump to a GM this year as well, and I already decided that a groomer isn't important to me in that decision.
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