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bigorange03
11-28-2012, 05:42 PM
Ok guys i need some input,i have 2 mowers i am looking at. One is a 2007 JD 757 with 360 hrs 60" 25hp Kawasaki 7 iron deck verry clean and home owner used asking $5,800. The other mower is a 2007 Exmark lazer 56" 25hp kohler triton deck. In good condition for the hours and age, asking $2,500. I am still fairly new to the business and this will be my first zero turn that i have owned. I have ran plenty of them but i do all my accounts with a 48" w/b. The w/b is on its last leg and it is time to upgrade. Money is a factor i can buy the exmark outright but would have to finance some of the deere. I just mow part time i have a full time job. Pros cons and suggestions on these 2 units would be greatly appreciated.

Jimslawncareservice
11-28-2012, 05:51 PM
Are you in the north or south? If in the north that triton deck on the exmark junk. The 757 is a proven mower.
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Jimslawncareservice
11-28-2012, 05:52 PM
Forgot to say the deere is a bit high for a mower going on 6 years old. New they were 8200.
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bigorange03
11-28-2012, 06:00 PM
I am in the south TN to be exact. Why if in the north are the triton decks junk?

Jimslawncareservice
11-28-2012, 06:21 PM
They just don't decent, clog easy have tons of clumps. We kbg and fescues
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Darryl G
11-28-2012, 06:43 PM
Given the two choices I'd pick the green one even though I'm a big fan of Exmark.

bigorange03
11-28-2012, 09:26 PM
Why is the Deer better than the Exmark?

Darryl G
11-28-2012, 10:04 PM
In this case because of the Triton deck. I have never had a Triton deck but I know LCOs who had them and they couldn't wait to get rid of them due to cut quality problems. I only run Exmark machines and always have and they have been very good to me. However, I don't think you would be happy with that particular Exmark.

zackvbra
11-29-2012, 01:16 PM
save yourself some money and get yourself gravely zt hd. I have had an exmark lazer and a scag and I would rather have the gravely than an exmark any day! Commercial quality, homeowner unit price. Bought one at the end of the 2011 growing season, it now has about 450 hrs, no problems at all. "Gravely puts other mowers in the grave" haha

CowboysLawnCareDelaware
11-29-2012, 01:48 PM
I have used JD residential mower before I started to cut commercial and they cut like crap for me.

Especially since you are money tight, it's a no brainer to get the Exmark. Wait, I stopped myself in the middle of that sentence.

HOW MANY HOURS DOES THE EXMARK HAVE??

-Michael

Ridin' Green
11-29-2012, 02:11 PM
I have used JD residential mower before I started to cut commercial and they cut like crap for me.

Especially since you are money tight, it's a no brainer to get the Exmark. Wait, I stopped myself in the middle of that sentence.

HOW MANY HOURS DOES THE EXMARK HAVE??

-Michael

Not sure why you mentioned that since the 757 is far from a homeowner grade mower.:confused:

I have owned an enormous amount of JD "homeowner" machines over the years and I'd put the cut of every single one of them up against any Exmark any day, any week, any year. That 757 will be the much better choice of the two the OP is looking at because it will cut very well in any condition on any type of grass, especially compared to that particular Exmark deck.

CowboysLawnCareDelaware
11-29-2012, 02:25 PM
http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=390617&highlight=triton+deck


The larger decks were fine.

I know gravely is one of the larger sponsors for this site (not sure why), but I had an Ariens 48" ztr and the hydros were already going bad at 540 hours and it would only go up inclines at 1/4 speed. I think it had a 20hp briggs, but i could be wrong about that, its been two years since I somehow sold it.

Go talk to a local dealer, preferably one that sells both machines.

-Michael

Jimslawncareservice
11-29-2012, 04:16 PM
http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=390617&highlight=triton+deck


The larger decks were fine.

I know gravely is one of the larger sponsors for this site (not sure why), but I had an Ariens 48" ztr and the hydros were already going bad at 540 hours and it would only go up inclines at 1/4 speed. I think it had a 20hp briggs, but i could be wrong about that, its been two years since I somehow sold it.

Go talk to a local dealer, preferably one that sells both machines.

-Michael

60",66"&72" tritons were decent. I had a 60" and my dad has my 72" that I didn't need. Anything smaller were crap. I sold a bagger system to a guy who had a 56" triton. He spent nearly every hour with the dealer, rep or someone from exmark. Made them buy it back. He had to pay several grand to hp back to a 52" tri vantage. So a 7500 mower cost over 11 grand.

You can't compare a 757 to a residential mower. Also ridin green can stripe the crap out of his deere 240 tractor mower. I can make great stripes as well with my residential Deeres. It takes time, patients and know how.

OP you may even want to think about a new 920. Since your going to finance you will get a better % making the payment equal or less than a used mower. Just a thought.
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CowboysLawnCareDelaware
11-29-2012, 04:25 PM
Im sure there's more than two mowers in your area for sale that would be good. Check eBay within 100 miles under the tag "commercial mower" and check craigslist for all mowers.

-Michael

GMLC
11-29-2012, 04:57 PM
http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=390617&highlight=triton+deck


The larger decks were fine.

I know gravely is one of the larger sponsors for this site (not sure why), but I had an Ariens 48" ztr and the hydros were already going bad at 540 hours and it would only go up inclines at 1/4 speed. I think it had a 20hp briggs, but i could be wrong about that, its been two years since I somehow sold it.

Go talk to a local dealer, preferably one that sells both machines.

-Michael

Gravely is a full commercial mower and Ariens is high end home owner mower. You cant compare the two. Demo a Gravely 400 series and you will buy one!!

To the OP. If you cut in wet conditions buy the JD. Exmark cuts great in good conditions. But if the grass is wet or thick forget about it. The JD cuts good in all conditions.
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Darryl G
11-29-2012, 05:29 PM
save yourself some money and get yourself gravely zt hd. I have had an exmark lazer and a scag and I would rather have the gravely than an exmark any day! Commercial quality, homeowner unit price. Bought one at the end of the 2011 growing season, it now has about 450 hrs, no problems at all. "Gravely puts other mowers in the grave" haha

I looked at those and they come real close to being a full commercial unit. I just don't like the 1/2 inch cutting increment and a few other things like lighter duty trans and skinnier tires, but for an owner operator like myself I think it would hold up fine. But please give me 1/4 inch deck adjustment!

The guys around me hated even the 60 inch Tritons. The were all selling them after 1 or 2 seasons saying Ultracut, Ultracut, Ultracut!!!!!

zackvbra
11-30-2012, 11:42 AM
I looked at those and they come real close to being a full commercial unit. I just don't like the 1/2 inch cutting increment and a few other things like lighter duty trans and skinnier tires, but for an owner operator like myself I think it would hold up fine. But please give me 1/4 inch deck adjustment!

The guys around me hated even the 60 inch Tritons. The were all selling them after 1 or 2 seasons saying Ultracut, Ultracut, Ultracut!!!!!

I agree it would be better to have 1/4" incraments, but Im willing to sacrifice that for the price. I grabbed mine in 2011 for 5k. You just cant beat the gravely in all around performance, price, and sturdyness. They are highly under rated in my opinion. I will preach gravely till I find something better.

Darryl G
11-30-2012, 05:47 PM
Yes, very good value and quality. I don't think I'd turn a HD over to a crew of "kids" though.

bigorange03
12-03-2012, 09:03 PM
Sorry i am so late getting back to everyone. The deere is a comerical unitit just has not been used commerically. The dealer will not budge on the price. The exmark has 1430 hrs. The dealer let me take it and demo it, will need new back tires and a new seat but he will not come off of $2500 I bid $2000 and came back at $2200 but he will not budge. What should i do? Keep looking or jump on this deal at $2500?
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Jimslawncareservice
12-03-2012, 09:58 PM
Just keep looking. You have time. It's not that early or late depending on how you look at it. I myself has always made mistakes when buying the first thing I see when I'm looking for things to purchase
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ray904
12-03-2012, 11:28 PM
z 60 deck 29 hp kohler efi hands down