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EagleLandscape
11-01-2003, 09:46 PM
Ok, I need to buy a 32" mower. The only 32" eXmark makes is the Metro, which is just a fixed deck. The smallest floating deck eXmark makes is a 36"- Metro HP. I need to have a 32" because a 36" won't fit through my customer's gates.
Toro makes a T-Bar floating 32" though. But I wanted to keep the same brand mowers (just to make it easier on me).

So what should I do? My dealer does eXmarks, but can order Toro's.

Also I saw that eXmark makes a 21" mower. But the gas tank is only like 1.6quarts. That's sooooo small! The toro's have 1gallon tanks! Did I read that right? does eXmark make any 2cycle 21" mowers? Thanks guys.

PRO PROPERTY CARE
11-01-2003, 09:58 PM
I have the 36" metro. I love it. its a work horse...
I havent found a gate yet it doesn t fit through....
:D

Tvov
11-01-2003, 10:00 PM
We have a 48" Metro, at least 7yrs old, runs fine. Good machines.

Florida 5 Star
11-01-2003, 10:11 PM
I recently purchased a 32Ē metro for $1800+tax and I must say its is a great little mower. However I shout have held out for the Viking I know it costs more but the advantage that the hydro drives have over belt drives is a big difference. You get larger rear tires a real reverse , the fact that itís a fixed deck is rather insignificant when you are dealing with a small deck I havenít scalped any thing yet. And the deck is real easy to adjust either way they are great mowers.

EagleLandscape
11-02-2003, 12:35 AM
again, what would be the price difference between a 32" belt and a 32" hydro? I could feel kinda dumb buying a 32" hydro though. Kinda like putting a turbocharger on a chevy nova. :-\

TRex
11-02-2003, 05:34 AM
jwing check this page out http://www.powerzoneinc.com/exmark-pr.htm and save it to favorites for refference. I thought I might of hed to get a 32", but I figured that the back yards that I could not get my 36" in I would just use the 21". Use that page just to see the price differance between mowers. I am sorry it doesn't have a 32" on it but I don't think there is anything wrong with toro. And I don't know how I could like with out the floating deck on my metro. I can cut bermuda at 1.5" and cut st.aug on the next lawn at 3.5" by only taking 10 seconds to adjust. Also it is a wonderfull thing to be able to pull four pins, take off the deck hood, and release the blade belt and have deck come right out for service. This is so easy compaired to a fixed deck having to try and tip the mower back and lay under it to clean or get to the blades.

MTR
11-02-2003, 12:28 PM
Originally posted by jwingfield2k
Ok, I need to buy a 32" mower. The only 32" eXmark makes is the Metro, which is just a fixed deck. The smallest floating deck eXmark makes is a 36"- Metro HP. I need to have a 32" because a 36" won't fit through my customer's gates.
Toro makes a T-Bar floating 32" though. But I wanted to keep the same brand mowers (just to make it easier on me).

So what should I do? My dealer does eXmarks, but can order Toro's.

Also I saw that eXmark makes a 21" mower. But the gas tank is only like 1.6quarts. That's sooooo small! The toro's have 1gallon tanks! Did I read that right? does eXmark make any 2cycle 21" mowers? Thanks guys.

I have a 36" belt Metro, make not mistake, the machine is a true workhorse, loving it for what it does. That 32" deck is under 2k if that is your budget then get it and don't forget a sulky to fully use the 3rd, 4th, and 5th gear without pulling your guts out by chasing it! The 12.5 kawi on that 32" deck is a veteran engine which never quits!
If you have dollars (if you have) more I suggest getting the 36" TTHP with 15 twin kawi, it is the best WB in the market. period. Coupled with the 2- mode Bullrider and you got yourself an all- around 36" Lazer.
Hills, slopes, gates, tight lawns, tall and wet grass, that 36" TTHP does it all, besides being fast and quickly in and out, and of course "cut" incredibly nicer than the bigger 48" deck cause it discaharges faster from the 2 chambers and "not" under powered like 15 or 17HP on 48" and 52" decks. It is about $4400-$4500 new.

EagleLandscape
11-02-2003, 03:56 PM
mtr, thank you! That was great advice, I'm gonna go with what you said and get the 32" belt for now. And then if needed, I'll get a bigger one a month or two later.

gramps
11-02-2003, 05:29 PM
Originally posted by jwingfield2k
mtr, thank you! That was great advice, I'm gonna go with what you said and get the 32" belt for now. And then if needed, I'll get a bigger one a month or two later.
Think it over good. do you really want a 32. I've got 36 metro ecs and 48. both great. unless you have a lot of small gates use a 21 and get the 36. Check the price differance:D

joed
11-02-2003, 06:18 PM
You may want to also look at the Ferris 32" hydro. I don't think it is that much more expensive than the Metro and the hydro's instant forward and reverse is wonderful to use. Just a thought.

EagleLandscape
11-02-2003, 09:02 PM
what is the price difference in the 36" vs the 32"?

And what is yalls opinions on using meg-mo blades to mulch and then bag the leaves so I don't have to rake em?

PRO PROPERTY CARE
11-02-2003, 09:54 PM
I have to agree. I have the 36 metro belt drive and love it..
If you going to buy the 32 you might as well buy another 21 self propelled. The 36 is the better choice. And it will fit through 90 percent of the gates....
:D

MTR
11-03-2003, 01:08 AM
Originally posted by PRO PROPERTY CARE
I have to agree. I have the 36 metro belt drive and love it..
If you going to buy the 32 you might as well buy another 21 self propelled. The 36 is the better choice. And it will fit through 90 percent of the gates....
:D

This is so true...36" is "residential given" and yet to encounter a gate that won't allow it here in Florida. Even you have a 52" or 60" Z, down the road you will end up buying a 36" to do the chore, there will be lawns that requires a 36" during your route every week, trust me. So for a LCO coming up from a 21", best buy is the 36" Metro or 36" TTHP and learn the ropes, starting making profit till you are strong enough to dip into a Z or just stick with what you got and save money.
I sold all my 21" ...honda, toro or what ever to homeowners and never "touch" them since then...cause there is no need for it, everything 21er does the 36"/sulky does it in 1/4 -1/2 of a time, just think about it.