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cooksjr537
10-01-2003, 12:31 PM
I'm trying to decide on what kind of equipment to purchase. My three choices are Bobcat, Exmark, and Toro. I'm looking at getting a ZTR 52" and a walkbehind 48". If anyone has ever used these types of equipment let me know. Also do you think that a 61" ZTR is too big to start out with.

Collegiate
10-14-2003, 12:33 PM
I HAVE HAD A GREAT SUCCESS WITH EXMARK. IT IS A GREAT MOWER AND THEY REALLY BACK THEM UP WITH THE WARRANTY. I CAN ONLY TELL YOU THAT MUCH, SOMEONE ELSE MAY BE ABLE TO GIVE YOU A BETTER IDEA FOR I HAVE NEVER OWNED A BOBCAT OR TORO.

MIMAINTAINCE
10-14-2003, 05:39 PM
I have a 54" bobact belt drive w/b and a 52" lazer Z. Collegiate was right about exmark. I have only had mine since mid september and it has close to 1300 hours but =it runs as good as some of the newer ones I have driven. I bought the bobcat used in december 02 and it has been great as well.
Bottom line: If budget allows, go with exmark

WeatherMan
10-14-2003, 08:11 PM
John Deere " nothing runs like a deere"

BOSS MAN
10-15-2003, 03:48 PM
i would say get a 52" toro walk behind only if the yards you're mowing will permit it and i'd get a 48" ZTR instead of a 52" the 48" is much more maneuverable

DPruett2333
10-31-2003, 02:26 AM
I have a 20hp Walker, with 3 decks. Side dishcharge, bagging, and mulching deck. My Walker is like my little baby, it's awesome...

ccwmlw
10-31-2003, 08:30 AM
I have a 52" Toro Hydro walk behind and it has done me good. I can not say anything bad about it.

Hawkeye5
10-31-2003, 09:31 AM
Deck size depends upon the customers lawns. I use a 48" Lazer HP for my mostly residential business. I'm sure a 52" deck would work almost as well. 61" would be overkill for the properties I service. If I was to buy a walk-behind it would be a 36", but I don't really need one right now. The size of lawns are from 13,000 Sq. Ft. to over an acre. I see alot of Bobcats in use by others, but have never used one myself so I can't comment, they are sold by the Deere dealer here in town. I don't see many Toro machines in my area, but then there is not a dealer within 20 miles or so. I have nothing but good to say about the Exmark I have, but I'm a bit concerned about the dealer. They are a hardware store and a new Home Depot is to be built in addition to the existing Lowe's. I just don't know if they can last selling power equipment only.

olderthandirt
10-31-2003, 11:18 AM
Originally posted by WeatherMan
John Deere " nothing runs like a deere"

And nothing smells like a John

lrose2
10-31-2003, 04:19 PM
cooks,

Your question is which of the 3 brands of mowers you mentioned is the best to buy. You have named 3 good brands. Actually, that question is really too subjective and all you will get for replies are people stating that they love their particular brand of mower. Actually, the best one, IMO, is the closest dealer with the best service. The dealer is the one who will keep them running for you.

wrm53
11-03-2003, 06:34 AM
I go along with what lrose2 stated. The dealer support is the most important to me. I would rather pay a little more for the equipment and get the dealer support than get a deal on equipment and not have any support.

Equipguy
11-05-2003, 08:08 PM
I you're going for the ZTR be sure to ck ou the Hustler Z, Super Z or Mini Z. Well built and do well on slopes too.

lawn perfection
11-07-2003, 10:45 AM
I can only base my opinion on one,Exmark. Never owned any other commercial mowers. Love my equip, good quality, good cut, no major problems.

TJLC
11-07-2003, 06:32 PM
Originally posted by lawn perfection
I can only base my opinion on one,Exmark. Never owned any other commercial mowers. Love my equip, good quality, good cut, no major problems.

Yes, same here.

gergaler
01-31-2004, 02:01 AM
I bought a brand new ferris w/b hydro dual drive in early 2000 and have used it strong every summer 30-40 accounts. Never once had to even replace a blade belt let alone yune any hydro pumps. My thoughts on a w/b i would put my money on ferris spend the xtra money

65hoss
01-31-2004, 11:54 AM
Originally posted by BOSS MAN
i would say get a 52" toro walk behind only if the yards you're mowing will permit it and i'd get a 48" ZTR instead of a 52" the 48" is much more maneuverable

Nope. A 48" isn't more maneuverable. The 52" is just as manuverable as the 48" but have more advantages than the 48".
1. The 48" has very very little trim side ability. The 52" has more overhang on the deck to get it closer to things. Less trimming involved.
2. The 52" has more ground speed, so with bigger properties you have more ability with faster speed and more deck width.
3. The 52" HP is the same lenght as a w/b so you can take it into any place a w/b can go, same with 48".
4. I have a 48" mower and 52". 99.995% of the time the 52" will go ANYWHERE a 48" will go.
5. My business is mainly residential customers and i've run the 48" and the 52". The 52" lazer HP is the perfect mower for it. I can take it anywhere a 48" will go but still have the speed and ability of a bigger mower for the larger properties. I keep a 36" on the trailer for gated areas.

broken leg
01-31-2004, 06:52 PM
Thers alot of good mowers out there you need to find a good dealer. With out good service the equipment is no better. I know some good dealers in Durham Raleigh and Burlington area.