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Old 11-08-2012, 05:37 PM
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Help!!! Exmark or John Deere

I am new to the website and brand new to the Lawn Care Business as a company owner!

I worked for a guy on my off days from the fire department, but with soon to be three kids I have decided to start my own company. (Still only on off days from FD)

The company I worked for previously used Toro mowers, but based on some demo's I have recieved as well as research, I have narrowed my choices down to Exmark or John Deere.

I know Exmark mowers "rule" the industry but the John Deere mowers with the 7 iron decks are very impressive as well. Both companies offer great financing and/or leases as well.

Any input from professionals in the business would be greatly appreciated. My thanks ahead of time.
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Old 11-08-2012, 08:10 PM
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First off... WELCOME to the site!!! A lot of good info here.

Now as it goes about Deere vs exmark, my opinion is its all in the grass you cut. The exmark is the KING of well watered, fertilized, and taken care of grass. In most cases it falls on its face when it comes time to do the weedy, not so thick lawns. My Deere cuts all the grass every time, the 7 iron deck is a suction monster so there have been 0 issues with stragglers on any type of lawn I cut which is on both ends of the manicured spectrum. The Deere won't stripe as well but will cut it all flawlessly while the exmark with stripe the crap out of everything but not necessarily give the best cut quality on all lawns. Good luck in your business endeavors
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Old 11-08-2012, 08:38 PM
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Deere !!! All the way...
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:13 PM
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Wow that is a lot of great information that i did not know. Thank you very much. I will take everything you said into consideration.
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Old 11-09-2012, 02:56 AM
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LandFakers said it best. I run both.
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:36 AM
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I'd look at your local dealer first. Who will service it and who is more reliable? You don't want extra down days because your JD or Exmark dealer is unreliable. If that is the case, it doesn't matter if you choose the right mower or not.
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Old 11-09-2012, 05:47 PM
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I would get a John Deere over the exmark. Exmark has a great deck (Ultracut) for perfect cutting conditions, as condition get wetter and thicker quality goes does down a bit. Although Exmark and Toro machines are light and nimble compare to the competition but i just can't get over how over priced they are. Not saying Deere is much more affordable but Exmarks are pushing upper 11's....

Question though: How come you want to get into landscaping when you have a full time job?
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Old 11-10-2012, 01:24 PM
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I would get a John Deere over the exmark. Exmark has a great deck (Ultracut) for perfect cutting conditions, as condition get wetter and thicker quality goes does down a bit. Although Exmark and Toro machines are light and nimble compare to the competition but i just can't get over how over priced they are. Not saying Deere is much more affordable but Exmarks are pushing upper 11's....

Question though: How come you want to get into landscaping when you have a full time job?
Thank you guys very much for your imput. Greyst1, A lot of firefighters own their own companies since our schedules are typically 24 hours on duty followed by 48 hours off duty. Lots of guys/gals do construction, fire protection services, roofing, landscaping, CPR training etc. on their off days for extra $$$.
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Try to Demo come Spring. You may wish to pick up something used until you make your decision. I'd suggest wait til mid May when grass is about as thick as it can be. Then demo & see which one works best.

Evaluate your dealer support. Responsiveness is key. Steer clear of disinterested grumpy or pushy dealers.

Go 100% legitimate. Few things upset me as much as civil servants part timing lawn care etc and never paying taxes, getting LLC'd, getting commercial vehicle tags etc and then expecting a decent salary from the tax paying public. Its not right, its not appropriate and its dishonest.

And yes, mulching leaves works fantastic. From experience, the Exmark mulches really well.

With Lawnsite- learn to use the thread tool. It'l save you lts of time and avoid repeat threads.

Good luck.
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Old 11-10-2012, 04:56 PM
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I am going 100% legit. LLC papers are being submitted at the beginning of next week. I am not trying to free-load and/or avoid paying taxes.
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