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By Mike Fitzpatrick
Grounds Management Article Use Policy
Many grounds managers find that leasing mowers, utility vehicles and other types of powered equipment is an attractive option for mitigating risks associated with aging equipment. The practice can be more cost-effective to purchasing equipment, and it enables managers to tap into the latest technology and contribute to a better work environment for employees by giving them the latest tools to do their jobs.
Whether leasing or purchasing landscaping equipment, managers need to remember another important point: Get to know the dealers in the area. A reliable dealer will:
• offer attractive pricing and will be there after the sale
• help operators and mechanics follow manufacturers’ guidelines properly
• provide a team that will perform services with timeliness, friendliness and professionalism — and with today’s technology, managers definitely want experts taking care of their investment
• provide guidance and training
• be able and willing to deliver within managers’ schedules instead of making managers accommodate theirs.
Managers can ask around and read reviews to find out what people are saying about a particular dealer. They also can drop by the shop, then go back and visit again. This strategy can help build a long-term, mutual relationship and instill confidence, so it is well worth the extra effort.
— Mike Fitzpatrick
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