View Full Version : Encore 48" or 52"

06-26-2001, 03:34 PM
I'm looking at buying first ZTR. Can get a 48" Encore w/ 19 Kaw for 4750 or 52" for 5,000. Does anyone have any experience with these mowers? They seem to be 1,000 to 1,500 under Exmark, etc.


06-26-2001, 04:04 PM
No experience with Encore, but for the extra $250 get the extra 4" of cut (and probably a larger engine)...you'll be glad you did.

06-26-2001, 04:16 PM
Dont know about Encore but I bought a 48" Toro and really like it but I think I now would buy the 52". In fact my next mower will be a 52" just not sure wether it will be belt or hydro.

06-26-2001, 04:31 PM
Well Scott as a hydro user myself...if you are dealing with hills and wet conditions nothing beats a hydro. I believe it is an extra $1000 well spent upgrading to a hydro drive unit.

06-26-2001, 08:52 PM
I know that this issue has been talked about before in depth. I am a firm believer as is Glen that with the Hydrostatic units you can continue to mow under adverse weather conditions when the others either have to return toi the shop or cannot effectively start until much later in the am.

This week has been a prime example for us here. The fog has set in during the nighttime hours, and hasnt let the sun break in until well after 9am.

For those with belts they are mostly blowing clumps of wet grass all about the properties or having to kreep along with baggers, and the lawns look poorly. We and others who have the hydros are able to maintain productivity even under these conditions.

Its hydros for us ALL the way.

06-27-2001, 03:10 AM
Forget the encores. You will wish you spent the extra money and got something better. I have 1 encore that has been made a backup. Its only a year and a half old. You get what you pay for, and I would suggest you pay for something else.

06-27-2001, 07:11 AM
I agree with hoss. I looked them over well this yeartalked to a few people and found it to be unreliable. i went with a toro. spend the extra and get QUALITY.

06-27-2001, 10:26 AM
Thanks for the info - I'll keep looking.

06-27-2001, 05:45 PM
It will be worth the extra 1000 in the long run on a different machine. A friend of mine has 2 Encores, they break so often they often are relegated to large lawn ornaments.

06-27-2001, 06:26 PM
Encores are JUNK !!! Do yourself a favor and spend a little more on
an Exmark. Friend of mine bought an Encore Z48 and it was worn out
after 2 seasons. He's running Exmarks now and his oldest is a 3 yr.
old 48 Lazer HP. His guys are rough on equipment and his Exmarks are
holding up well. Run!!!! don't walk away from Encore!!!!! Down the
road you'll be glad you did. ED

Kent Lawns
06-27-2001, 06:34 PM
Cheapest $1000 you'll ever spend.

I think the other posters here said it well.

You're trying to make money with the machine, buy the best. It's cheaper in the long run.

07-12-2001, 11:55 PM
I finally decided on the Toro Zmaster 100 52" w/ 19hp Kawasaki.
I probably would have gone with Exmark but the Toro dealer is close to home and has been in business 50+ years, the nearest Exmark dealer is about 20 miles away.

This cut time on one job by about 50% on 2 acres.

07-13-2001, 12:01 AM
Good move bruces! Glad to see you steered away from those
Encore's. You'll be much happier w/ the Toro.

07-13-2001, 12:44 AM
Hey now everyone,
Just from experience I have two Encores, 36" hydro and 48" hydro, not a single major problem with either. The main reason I run Encore is the great dealer behind my machines. The 48" is 5 years old and again not a single major problem. Just my 2 cents.

07-13-2001, 08:26 AM
I have never seen an Encore except for in adds Im glad to hear that they have been so good to you. Its also good that you have a great dealer. Thats why I run Toro is that my dealer stands behind his mowers and his customers.