Southwest Equipment Supply Inc.

Whether you need durable power tools for a professional job or you want the best lawn on the block, it pays to find a quality power equipment dealer in your area.

Creating a beautiful landscape or garden requires the right tools, along with plenty of hard work.

From lawnmowers to leaf blowers and chainsaws to weed trimmers, a good power equipment dealer will make a difference in the life and longevity of your power tools.

PRODUCT LINE

Brands and product lines will usually determine the quality of the power equipment dealer.

Some brands have better reputations than others. Your friends, family and co-workers can guide you toward quality brands. Ask them which product lines are the best. Remember that is better to pay more for equipment that lasts rather than go through the hassle of replacing cheap tools every year.

Some brands have product lines that are engineered to different standards. A good dealer will explain differences in manufacturing, materials and which ones have the fewest problems after the sale.

Also, consider getting a recommendation from other people who use tools professionally. People who use lawnmowers and weed trimmers all day, every day will have thoughts about the advantages of certain brands.

Pay attention to what's labeled "commercial" or "professional" grade. These models typically come with longer warranties. They are usually built for use over long periods of time and under tough conditions. But they also have downsides, such as cost. Commercial or professional grade equipment may be heavier than standard models. If you want a long-lasting tool, though, they are hard to beat.

KNOWLEDGE

The best power equipment dealers have in-depth knowledge about their products.

Find a store with employees and owners who understand every last detail about what they sell. They should be able to demonstrate the features of the equipment, explain how it works, inform you about warranty coverage, and offer advice on which accessories have the best value. They will also educate you on how to make your equipment last for many years.

Salespeople should be informative, not pushy. They will help you find the right product to match your needs, even if it's a more affordable model. They know that is the best way to get repeat customers.

In fact, that's another sign that you're dealing with a reputable retailer. If they've been in business for a long time, it's usually for a good reason. Look for power equipment dealers who have a solid track record.

SERVICE

All quality power equipment needs maintenance over time. Ask about what kind of services the store offers after the sale.

Many equipment dealers offer repair services on site. If not, they should refer you to professionals who will do the job right, and for a good price. Some owners, for example, don't want to change the oil in their lawnmowers themselves. Be sure to inquire about how much maintenance and parts will cost.

The best power equipment dealers are partners who will help you get the job done right for many years to come. They will help you save money and time.

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