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Toro 10 12.82%
Exmark 24 30.77%
bobcat 28 35.90%
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Old 09-06-2009, 09:14 PM
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Bob cat vs exmark vs ferris vs toro

I know I allready posted a 21 survy thread but I may get a 36 next year instead( have a fewq part timers with huge backyards as well as 2 regs, well my exmark dealer has metro 32s $2,800 my bobcat dealer has bobcat 36s $2,200 IDK the ferris prices. I have had my ferris since 2007, I am the 4th owner(it is 20 years old and leeks oil so it is time for a upgrade) I am pleased with it, I love my exmark metro hp had since march, but I like the bob cats a lot, The toro 32s are 2500 ( I have used toro 21s and love em) so what is best
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Old 09-06-2009, 09:42 PM
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I can't tell you a whole lot about the ferris mowers as I know hardly anything about them. But the others I do have a litte experience with. I can tell you that having a floating deck is very nice since you can change deck heights so easily. I believe that exmark and bob-cat don't have that option in a gear drive mower (bob-cat doesn't have it on any of their wb's). But toro offers a floating deck gear drive mower and it shouldn't be too much more than the ones your looking at. So my vote goes to toro.
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Old 09-06-2009, 10:53 PM
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I would go for the Ferris. The HydroCut has some pretty cool controls and has a quick adjust deck. I think they are in the $3000 range, maybe a couple hundred $ more or less. For the money, it's a great mower. I really love my ComfortControl DD.
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Old 09-07-2009, 01:05 AM
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I am a big fan of Ferris. If you currently own a 20 year old working Ferris, I would say that would be the brand of mower to go with.
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Old 10-03-2009, 12:28 PM
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we had exmark metro 36'' belt, ecs hanlebars - worst handling mower ever - ger red of it; handles much worse than exmark 48'' (pistol)
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Old 10-03-2009, 12:47 PM
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we have Billygoat 33'' gear - ok
problem with gear drive - differential doesn't let you go on slopes sideways - upper (unloaded, w/o traction) wheel will spin, while lower, loaded - stayes still
does anyone makes differential lock or limited slip diff (or aplyes separate brake on spinning wheal or other solution) in such gear-drive small mowers?
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Old 10-03-2009, 12:59 PM
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p.s. this is ridiculous - simple freewheeling like on push(or any bicycle ) or diffr.lock on such small mowers would solve the problem...)
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Old 10-06-2009, 03:48 PM
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i voted bobcat but if there are good dealers in your for Ferris and Bobcat it would be a toss of the coin choice for me. Exmark & toro make great products but both seem to be a bit more proud of their products here lately than i am.
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Old 10-06-2009, 10:06 PM
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Exmark, Toro or Bobcat. I like the ECS controls of the Exmark units. Toro mowers are good too as are the bobcats. The only things I don't like about the bobcat walk behind mowers are 1. the electric blade clutch and 2. the fact that they no longer offer a floating deck option.
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Old 10-06-2009, 10:07 PM
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Ive ran all of the above. I prefer bobcat. The toro's i have ran dont have a welded deck that i remember, which means that it was stamped and probably weaker. And i thought they balled the grass up real bad when mowing wet tall grass (spring time), so i dont recommend a toro. As for exmark, they seem to be a pretty good mower brand. I think the ecs handles do suck. I have ran only a few ferris and they seemed to cut fairly well too. With the bobcat you can get the z controls or pistol grip. The z controls are very comfortable to mow with all day.
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