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mow4fun
06-11-2009, 09:46 PM
Ok, so I think I narrowed down to 3 walk behind mowers with 48" Floating Deck and Hydro: Toro 30498 or Exmark Turf Tracer HP or Hustler Trimstar.

This is based on a whole lot of reading and research but did not try any of them. From what I found, the Hustler will be priced the lowest while Exmark and Toro are about the same. I am planning on demoing the Exmark since I found only one dealer that has it in stock while none on the other two.

So, what do you guys think? I have no experience in Walk Behind and currently have a Simplicity Citation but thinking of making the change to handle my slopes around my property, this is for home use only.

Much appreciated in advance.

mow4fun
06-12-2009, 06:24 PM
Ok, no more looking. I purchased an Exmark Surf Trace HP with Kawi 17HP and 52" deack. Can't wait till Monday morning when it gets delivered to try it out on my lawn.

Anyone looking for a Simplicity Citation, low hours great condition? :)

MileHigh
06-12-2009, 06:40 PM
Sweet Mower.

I got that same thing only in a 48"...mean as hell.

mow4fun
06-12-2009, 06:43 PM
What standon are you using? That will be my next research project.

MileHigh
06-12-2009, 06:54 PM
What standon are you using? That will be my next research project.

I have the exmark stand on's and despise them.

They leave the meanest rut everywhere you ride them.

Get a two-wheeled sulky or a pro-slide.

mow4fun
06-12-2009, 11:53 PM
Ok, so I have been doing some more reading on the deck. It is a Trivantage and the feedback i am seeing is it clumbs a lot especially if tall or a bit wet. Is that your experience with yours?

MileHigh
06-13-2009, 12:05 AM
Ok, so I have been doing some more reading on the deck. It is a Trivantage and the feedback i am seeing is it clumbs a lot especially if tall or a bit wet. Is that your experience with yours?

This is very true if you don't clean your deck...you need to scrape the crap outta them when conditions are really wet...especially if your bagging. It really helps to keep the deck clean and blades sharp.

Cuts dry grass great.

mowerdude777
06-13-2009, 09:12 PM
Sweet purchase I have a 48 inch metro hp and I love it

mow4fun
06-14-2009, 08:54 AM
I have been reading many posts the past couple of nights and a bit worried about the Trivantage deck. I also read a lot about the Ferris DD WB and it seems to be a lot of machine for less money and that has been running through my mind.

Should I consider the Ferris or do you guys thinks the TTHP will be a better choice?

mow4fun
06-15-2009, 05:23 PM
Well, I got the TTHP today and what a machine. All i can say is WOW, you guys run things like this all day. I give you a lot of credit. :)

Great machine, I kept it at low speed and mowed my yard twice to get a better handle on it. The controls were a bit jerky in the begining but got better by the end of the day. The grass was long and wet and I set it to 3" to see how it handles, did well with some clumping. I will keep it at 3.5" going forward. I think i will definitly get a stand behind it once I get used to it and get it going a bit faster. Time wise, i think it took me same time as my Simplicity Citation with 48" deck. I got the 52" deck so that made a difference and 17hp engine is plenty power for me. :)

It handled hills great and a bit more forgiving than the ZTR when doing zero turns. Great cut and very nice stripe left behind. I will through the gator blades on it next time and try it and maybe I will get the chute gate as well.