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DiMassa33
09-17-2006, 11:51 PM
Who makes the best walk-behind mowers?

ATL Lawn
09-18-2006, 12:51 AM
Who makes the best walk-behind mowers?

murry...... j/k =)

its really a personal choice, go test drive them out at your local dealer

TriCountyLawn
09-18-2006, 06:09 AM
Other ...Hustler


The other MFG's that you listed make a qualit machine also. Just running from a day to day nothing has been able to come close to the Hustler IMO>

noseha
09-18-2006, 06:22 AM
gravely!!!

Raven386
09-18-2006, 07:49 AM
Murray makes the best push mowers!! :laugh: ...i loved my murray! but sadly he went to lawnmower heaven recently...

Fordsuvparts
09-18-2006, 08:04 AM
Snapper 48"

Precision Lawns
09-18-2006, 10:07 AM
Love my Snappers - 36" 52"

RedMax Man
09-22-2006, 12:58 PM
I've owned my Toro T-bar 48" Commercial fixed deck walk behind mower for 2 years and love it. Best thing is the T-bar controls. I can mow with one hand if i need to pickup debris on the lawn or push aside low branches. The handle bars don't stick out like the pistol grip mowers do. I only wish it had more hp. for mowing hills with my Velke suky attached. I got a 15 hp. Kaw. The Toro T-bar is probably very similar to the Exmark ECS Controls.

KS_Grasscutter
09-22-2006, 11:24 PM
I have had really limited experience with walkbehinds, but i would have to say the Troy Bilt Widecut. Although, they aint made no more, but i think somone is making them under a differnt name. From what i have seen so far with the one i used, it is VERY easy to use and cuts real nice.

J&R Landscaping
09-23-2006, 01:23 AM
I like the exmarks quality of cut, and toro's turbo force deck. The Bobcat mowers are decent but they are a little over priced IMO.

GARRETTWOOD
09-23-2006, 09:37 PM
scag all the way.

VT_K9
09-23-2006, 10:01 PM
I just bought a Huslter W/B 48". It handles great and does a great job. I checked out Exmark as well, but likes the control of the Huslter more.

Mike

Time to sell my ZTR and older W/B

Brian B
09-24-2006, 09:55 PM
exmark turf tracer

Lynden-Jeff
10-23-2006, 10:45 PM
Out of all the w/b's ive used, nothing has striped like my bobcat.

Cheers
Jeff

David Grass
10-24-2006, 07:22 AM
not a good poll choice, you need to start again and put the 2 best ones on there, Hustler, and Toro, then the other harder to use ones (altho the others have great cuts and are built very well) should follow.

Beau Rivage
11-16-2006, 01:49 PM
Murray makes the best push mowers!! :laugh: ...i loved my murray! but sadly he went to lawnmower heaven recently...


:laugh: I wish mine would...unfortunately the stupid thing refuses to die. I practically abuse it, and yet it cranks on the first pull every time after 6 years. That briggs 4.0 is damned near bullet-proof. :hammerhead:

MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE
11-16-2006, 02:10 PM
How do you account a exmark is a better machine than scag.

HenryB
11-16-2006, 02:14 PM
Floating deck, bigger tires better cut, ECS is better than Scag pistol grip. I've owned many Scags and Exmarks.

MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE
11-16-2006, 03:00 PM
Scag has a floating deck whatz up with bigger tires,i have owned several myself better cut not ecs is pistol grips turned.

T. Wheeler
11-16-2006, 04:38 PM
Snapper 48"
Love my Snappers - 36" 52"
That's the only walkbehinds we've ever used. We have a Snapper 48" Belt and a 48" Hydro, along with a Snapper 52" ZTR and, no major problems out of any of them.

John Gamba
11-16-2006, 04:54 PM
heres my pick:)

HenryB
11-16-2006, 06:08 PM
That picture rests my case.:clapping:

John Gamba
11-16-2006, 06:49 PM
That picture rests my case.:clapping:


Here you go Henry!! just after it's first detaching :)

MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE
11-16-2006, 08:11 PM
Good looking machine is that a 21 horse or 19 does it come with a electric start and electric pto and the suggested price.

MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE
11-16-2006, 08:12 PM
I see the electric pto in red.

GreenN'Clean
11-16-2006, 08:17 PM
I've tried scag,gravely,and cub cadet and i love my cub cadet, 52" with 17hp kaw engine and it's built very strong and leaves an awesome cut and ive had it for 3 seasons and never had any problems with it

MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE
11-16-2006, 08:19 PM
There are a few here but most are running scag and that red one.

S man
11-16-2006, 10:02 PM
Good looking machine is that a 21 horse or 19 does it come with a electric start and electric pto and the suggested price.

Suggested price? That should be up in the 6's.

Loy's Home Services, LLC
11-16-2006, 10:37 PM
Encore is pretty tough and reliable and simple.

John Gamba
11-17-2006, 05:26 AM
Good looking machine is that a 21 horse or 19 does it come with a electric start and electric pto and the suggested price.

For 2007 23 kaw only.

WJW Lawn
11-17-2006, 10:38 AM
For a smaller mower that fits my Niche...its a Quick 36. There isnt a better 36 on the market. For a bigger WB...that Exmark Tracer is TIGHT!

S man
11-17-2006, 09:31 PM
That turftracer makes a nice computer wallpaper.

RedMax Man
11-17-2006, 09:46 PM
Man that thing's a moster... wicked nice too:cool2:

John Gamba
11-18-2006, 05:51 AM
Man that thing's a moster... wicked nice too:cool2:


It handles very smooth. same drive as the lazer hp.

prostriper
11-18-2006, 06:58 AM
The Exmark TT without a doubt. Quite possibly the best deck made ever. The fastest I have found is the Gravely ( 8 mph ), but I don't know if it cuts at that speed real well.

John Gamba
11-18-2006, 07:21 AM
The Exmark TT without a doubt. Quite possibly the best deck made ever. The fastest I have found is the Gravely ( 8 mph ), but I don't know if it cuts at that speed real well.


The gravely needs more hp.

S man
11-18-2006, 02:13 PM
Price on the tt????

John Gamba
11-18-2006, 03:23 PM
Price on the tt????


In my area 6500 is avarage for the 23 Kaw,60" ultracut.

TGK
12-12-2006, 08:26 AM
John what dealer did you purchase your Exmark at? Ive been told 7200 for that machine!


Chris

John Gamba
12-12-2006, 08:37 AM
John what dealer did you purchase your Exmark at? Ive been told 7200 for that machine!


Chris


Cofiells in Glastonbury. 1-860-659-0553. i have bought them for that price and less"the older ones".

John Gamba
12-12-2006, 08:38 AM
John what dealer did you purchase your Exmark at? Ive been told 7200 for that machine!


Chris


Who told you that price??? i got a price last year from a dealer down the street that didnt know me and it was 6600.

TGK
12-12-2006, 08:41 AM
Chainsaws unlimited in Southbury

TGK
12-12-2006, 08:42 AM
Im thinking of making the move from Scag to Exmark. What do you think?

John Gamba
12-12-2006, 08:44 AM
Im thinking of making the move from Scag to Exmark. What do you think?



Do you need a 60" walk??? If you do, try and demo a Ultracut deck first. I know you will love the Controls.

DaughtryLC
12-12-2006, 08:46 AM
Love my Snappers - 36" 52"

I Agree 100%

TGK
12-12-2006, 08:48 AM
I need alot of things. I started this business on the fly and now im trying to figure things out. Feel free to spill your guts!

Chris

John Gamba
12-12-2006, 08:55 AM
I need alot of things. I started this business on the fly and now im trying to figure things out. Feel free to spill your guts!

Chris


Where you are you have hills. I love the tt for that and it is a walk behind lazer. I got to run i'll be back later.

pjw
12-12-2006, 01:35 PM
I have had great luck with my Ferris walk-behinds, 36",48" both hydros. Fit-finish and quality of cut is great. Both are 4-5 yrs old and run great. I couldn`t do without the 36" for gated yards. They make a 52" dual hydro thats awsome,great on hills, plenty of power. Demo the one that`ll fit your needs.Most commerical dealers will work with you on demos.

nc-native
12-12-2006, 04:03 PM
Once you get behind an Exmark Hydro you wont want anything else. Belts are for pants not walkbehinds.

John Gamba
12-12-2006, 08:49 PM
Once you get behind an Exmark Hydro you wont want anything else. Belts are for pants not walkbehinds.




:laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :weightlifter: :weightlifter: :cool2: :cool2:

S man
12-17-2006, 08:35 PM
Once you get behind an Exmark Hydro you wont want anything else. Belts are for pants not walkbehinds.

Belt drives are good for starters.

LawnInOrder
12-17-2006, 09:18 PM
Belt drives are good for starters.
QUOTE=SnapperAriens]Belt drives are good for starters.[/QUOTE]

I don;t agree. It depends on what you are cutting. I had a 1997 exmark viking 36" that i hated. My friend had a belt driven scag 36" and for the size properties i did, it was a better all around machine. The only thing i liked better about the hydro was the reverse. Other than that the belt driven for me is better. I ended up buying a scag 36" belt driven. All the landscapers around me only use 36" scags belt driven exclusively. this is just my 2 cents. I only cut 1500-4000 square foot lawns that where some are gated and alomst 99% flat. The only hilly home i do is about 500 square feet and i use my 21" lawnboy. IMO. LawnInOrder

RedMax Man
12-17-2006, 09:39 PM
Ya belt drives are good for most starters and for smaller flat areas and gated back yards. Once you start using a beltdrive for large properties with slopes and have a sulky mounted on it your gonna want a hydro because they don't have belt that can slip when wet or on steep grades and have consistant power all the time.

LawnInOrder
12-17-2006, 09:55 PM
Ya belt drives are good for most starters and for smaller flat areas and gated back yards. Once you start using a beltdrive for large properties with slopes and have a sulky mounted on it your gonna want a hydro because they don't have belt that can slip when wet or on steep grades and have consistant power all the time.

yea that was the other thing i was gunna mention. if i used a sulky or velky i would have kept the hydro. but the properties are so small i really don;t even need a 36", but i makes it faster. and as far as hills a hydro s better. It all depends on your conditions. LawnInOrder

RedMax Man
12-17-2006, 10:52 PM
yea that was the other thing i was gunna mention. if i used a sulky or velky i would have kept the hydro. but the properties are so small i really don;t even need a 36", but i makes it faster. and as far as hills a hydro s better. It all depends on your conditions. LawnInOrder

yep, every machine has its stong points and best uses depending on the property and other factors.

John Gamba
12-18-2006, 06:09 AM
Belt drives are good for starters.


Merry Christmas Scott:waving:

lawnpro724
01-06-2007, 05:07 PM
I don't see many votes for Toro's T-bar. I've been using Toro's for what seems like ever and I have never had any problems at all and best of all they have one of the best cuts in the industry. I would take Toro's over Scag anyday for quality of cut.

S man
01-09-2007, 07:10 PM
:laugh: I wish mine would...unfortunately the stupid thing refuses to die. I practically abuse it, and yet it cranks on the first pull every time after 6 years. That briggs 4.0 is damned near bullet-proof. :hammerhead:

My briggs 4.5 on my murray went out with only three months of light use. :cry: :cry:

S man
01-09-2007, 07:14 PM
Merry Christmas Scott:waving:
and a happy new year:waving:
I don't see many votes for Toro's T-bar. I've been using Toro's for what seems like ever and I have never had any problems at all and best of all they have one of the best cuts in the industry. I would take Toro's over Scag anyday for quality of cut.

I'm going with toro this year when business starts picking up. I really want to try a turbo force deck model.

J&R Landscaping
01-10-2007, 06:38 AM
and a happy new year:waving:


I'm going with toro this year when business starts picking up. I really want to try a turbo force deck model.


The Toro turbo force deck wb's are pretty good units. They cut and stripe extremely well! Toro made a big deal about having the adjustable baffle on the deck but I think its just bragging. I am not dissing the unit at all, I just don't see what all the hype was about.

Larson Lawn Care
01-16-2007, 05:25 PM
Ferris all the way!!!

LawnSharks
01-18-2007, 11:06 AM
I've got to make a case for Yazoo Kees. I love my exmarks (36" and 48" Metros) but the Kees has NEVER let me down!

roguesuerte
01-18-2007, 12:06 PM
I currently have Bobcat, Snapper, Bunton, Lesco, and Ferris walkbehinds. Given the choice of which mower to take-out or train someone who is new I choose the Ferris Hydro's hands down. We have two Ferris 52's, A Ferris ZTR, and a Ferris 48" belt-drive. All are well designed machines ergonomically comfortable machines that have given us few problems. I especially like the 52's as they stripe real nice, have wide rear tires(no rutting, great on slopes), short/low profile(less space on trailer). Highly recommend.

Fox Lawn & Garden
01-25-2007, 12:09 AM
Cub Cadet- 17HP Kaw, 48" fab deck, dual hydro, sulky- get the H*** out of it's way!

Mr Priceless
01-26-2007, 10:30 AM
:laugh: I wish mine would...unfortunately the stupid thing refuses to die. I practically abuse it, and yet it cranks on the first pull every time after 6 years. That briggs 4.0 is damned near bullet-proof. :hammerhead:

I have almost the exact same model but with B&S 4.0 Self Propelled. I've snapped the starting cable, haven't changed the oil in years, (i still keep oil level full tho) OR the blade, run bad gas in it many consecutive times, broke the handlebar (and haven't replaced it), never winterize it OR clean the carb, i broke a washer on the self-propel drive system and cajun-style fixed it, AND don't replace/clean the air filter. Talk about TLC maintenance.

The result? A dang near awesome indestructable cutting machine with a good self-prop system still. Will Jason Murray ever die?:gunsfirin

I'm pretty sure that Murray actually IS the best wb as far as dependibility, hands down.

PORTER 05
01-27-2007, 11:58 AM
Exmark's with ECS controls ----------- awsome, you can mow with one hand and well do wat ever with the other, lays a good stripe!

detailed lawn care
01-27-2007, 12:02 PM
I run all ferris

TGK
01-28-2007, 10:18 AM
Between Hustler and Exmark which is faster and which is a more quality machine ( pronounced ma-CH-ine)

steve m
01-28-2007, 10:36 AM
I use ferris mowers, they run great, cut good, but does not distribute grass well.which brings up my next question, which mower distributes the best?

Thanks Steve

S man
01-28-2007, 10:02 PM
I have almost the exact same model but with B&S 4.0 Self Propelled. I've snapped the starting cable, haven't changed the oil in years, (i still keep oil level full tho) OR the blade, run bad gas in it many consecutive times, broke the handlebar (and haven't replaced it), never winterize it OR clean the carb, i broke a washer on the self-propel drive system and cajun-style fixed it, AND don't replace/clean the air filter. Talk about TLC maintenance.

The result? A dang near awesome indestructable cutting machine with a good self-prop system still. Will Jason Murray ever die?:gunsfirin

I'm pretty sure that Murray actually IS the best wb as far as dependibility, hands down.

You're sick. :nono:

CkLandscapingOrlando
01-31-2007, 09:57 PM
I've gotten some nice work out of those ex marks but I do agree about the down time.I cant say for my self, but I've always heard bad things about the sgags. Iworked for an older gentelman that ran a gravely for 9 years off a monthly oil change and weekly filter cleaning.The new ones also come with a life time warranty on the spindles and only 2 grease points.

BanksPower
01-31-2007, 10:12 PM
I personally like Scag! I looked around at what everyone was running in my area. Spoke with alot owners and crews to see what problems they encountered with various models.
The only thing I would suggest is buy from a local dealer because when something needs fixing/parts and it will. That will determine your downtime in a peak season crunch.

Good Luck!

Birdjr
02-01-2007, 07:16 PM
id have to go wit scag have 2 of them , they def can take a lot of abuse.I have never tried exmark but i do hear a lot of great things about them 2.

Snyderserv5060
02-02-2007, 01:22 AM
I was always happy with my scags but I picked up a 48 Exmark with ECS controls... its soo much easier on the hands and arms so I cant see myself going back unless I got a really good deal. Plus the mower has a floating deck so its easy to adjust on the job :)

lawnbutch
02-16-2007, 01:04 AM
Did you all know that Exmark is owned by Toro, and that Exmark is the most sold machine!! And that some Toro machines are made at the Exmark factory in Neb. I think alot of what you choose to use depends alot on your DEALER NEAREST YOUR LOCATION, quick service is very important.:cool2:

JayD
04-04-2007, 05:16 PM
Here you go Henry!! just after it's first detaching :)

What is the black bar across the front for? Also, Do you have any problem keeping the w/b in place on your trailer. How do you strap it down, one, or two straps? There is not a good way to strap them down. I have a 5x10 traliler, I know that that is one of my problems. Have any info to share on this matter?
Thanks, Jay*trucewhiteflag*

4curbappeal
04-04-2007, 07:46 PM
I have owned most of them and Hustler is my fav!!!!!!!!

BleedsGreen
04-06-2007, 09:42 AM
Snapper Pro

bhforty3
04-11-2007, 03:14 PM
Nothing runs like or cuts like a deere!! 36" 38" and 48" GIT R DONE !!:usflag: :weightlifter:

Jake's Lawn Service
04-11-2007, 05:57 PM
Exmarks Turf Tracers!
Jake

mitw44
04-13-2007, 10:30 PM
Gravely Makes A Great Walk Behind.

rossignol5
04-19-2007, 12:01 PM
Toro T Bar all the way