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Old 12-27-2009, 09:54 PM
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Exmark 72" End of season deals

Any dealers in NJ or Eastern PA have any good deals on these mowers. I'm looking for a good deal before the 1st of the year. What is a good price on this mower, 10500??????
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Old 12-28-2009, 08:14 PM
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My 72" Next Lazer Z with 34hp Kawi was $10,990.
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Old 12-29-2009, 03:22 PM
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Old 12-30-2009, 08:53 PM
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I love the way it handles. The hydros are really responsive and fast. Its a quick machine and has plenty of power. Two things I don't like- 34hp Kawi is a gas hog and the deck to engine belt is super expensive. Its like 216" long and costs $120+ dollars. I've yet to find aftermarket belts for it.

I encourage everyone to demo one before passing judgement on the new design and price increase. It is surprising how agile it is even with a 72" deck. Time well tell how reliable the new design is.
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Old 12-30-2009, 10:17 PM
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Thanks for your reply. Does it eat more gas than the Briggs big block.
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Old 12-31-2009, 10:44 AM
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Yes it does,but the power is worth it.
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Old 12-31-2009, 12:41 PM
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Thanks for your reply. Does it eat more gas than the Briggs big block.
They use more fuel than the Vanguard big Blocks with a lot less power. I have both, the big block Kawy's are terrible.
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Old 12-31-2009, 09:04 PM
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They use more fuel than the Vanguard big Blocks with a lot less power. I have both, the big block Kawy's are terrible.
The big block Kawasaki engine will use considerably more fuel than the Vanguard, never let anyone tell you the Kawi is a stronger engine than a big block Vanguard, it is not true. The 35 Vanguard is more responsive than the 37 Kawasaki, which in turn makes it feel considerably stronger.
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Old 12-31-2009, 09:10 PM
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Thanks for your reply. Does it eat more gas than the Briggs big block.
The 34hp Kawi definitely uses more gas than my Lazer Z XS mowers with 35BVGs. I can go all day(over eight hours) mowing fields and pastures on 15.5 gallons with the 35BVG. The Next Lazer with 34hp Kawi consumes around 2.5-3 gallons per hour. With only a 12 gallon fuel tank you have to stop and refill to get through a whole day when mowing large areas.

I don't think I can give a fair power comparison because the two mowers have different decks. My analysis would be that both are pretty darn powerful but not being able to run a 34hp Kawi on a Lazer with a Triton deck and a 35BVG on an Ultracut deck I don't think I can give a fair comparison. On paper I think the edge goes to the 34hp Kawi with regards to torque.

One thing about the Kawi is that it roars. When it is throttled up with the pto engaged its a pretty impressive sound. The 35BVG isn't exactly quiet either. Its pretty impressive at full throttle but there's something about the sound of that Kawi. You really have to operate a mower with one to appreciate it.

It seems the BVGs have pretty much proven themselves overall from a reliability standpoint. I've got over 500 trouble free hours on one of my 35BVGs and over 200 on the other. They've been run in very hot humid conditions all day and have held up so far. The jury is still out on the reliability of big block Kawis it seems but I have 140 hours on mine with no oil consumption or major problems.
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