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View Poll Results: Exmark or Toro Zero-Turn Riders??
Exmark 7 46.67%
Toro 7 46.67%
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Old 04-05-2014, 10:09 PM
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Exmark or Toro Zero Turn Riders????

Hi Everyone....

We currently have 6 Exmark Riders. 3 are Next-Gen and 3 are older.

We are currently in the market for 2 more riders and 2 Stand-ons and are probably selling 2 older models.

My question is, Exmark or Toro? I really like Exmark, the parts are the basically the same for the new 2014 and our Next Gens, which is great. We won't need a new bagger system as we can use the ones from our Next Gens.

However, we are also looking at Toro. Around the same price, but I doubt belts/pulley's/parts are the same even though I know it's the same company. I doubt the bagger system will fit, so will probably have to purchase that as well.

Which do you guys like better? I haven't demo'd a Toro yet as we got 7 inches of snow yesterday, but I hope to soon.

Thanks for your input!!
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Old 04-05-2014, 10:50 PM
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Ive had both and like the toro decks better because you can adjust the baffles to open or closed, here in ct, in the spring you have thick wet grass that clogs the exmark deck pretty quickly and you shoot clumps all over the place and the toro you can open the baffles and it helps a lot .
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Old 04-05-2014, 10:54 PM
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We just purchased 2 new toro riders, a 72 and 60 with the 34 hp efi kohler's and baggers also a 48 efi grandstand and a 36 grandstand. We run all toro equipment. Our dealer support is great, which makes our decision easy. Have been running toro for years with much success. Still have a 2001 Z master with a ton of hours on it. It still goes out and cuts as a backup. You run all exmarks and I think the only real difference is the decks. Both still clump a bit in wet conditions, but leave great cuts in dry grass. I say pick the best dealer support and go with that brand. You can't go wrong with either mower!
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Old 04-05-2014, 11:56 PM
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Exmarks are Toros, same thing. Both will manicure a nice dry lawn, but clump up bad and shoot wads with any moisture. Nice mowers but limited in their use conditions.
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Old 04-06-2014, 02:11 AM
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I used to own a toro dealership.

I think I've said this about 4 times in the last week (oddly)
there is something I don't like about the Zmaster vs. the Lazer.

The laser is just better….but don't ask me to clarify, I just can't.

I prefer Toro walkbehinds, toro irrigation, toro dingos…toro toro!

but i really like the laser Z , when comparing the two.
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Old 04-06-2014, 10:44 AM
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I loved my 60 inch lazer during dry conditions but if grass was slightly wet it would be a disaster and clog the deck and start spitting out clumps. I now have a 48 inch 3000 series toro and maybe because the deck is smaller and i open up the baffle and this thing cuts better. I will mention i also have 3 walkers and when the lawn is wet i prefer the walkers over them both .
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Old 04-06-2014, 10:53 AM
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im not sure how your spring time conditions are in minnesota , but here in connecticut we are usually soaked in the mornings until around 11am . im only stating what i like better for ct. but you may have more dry conditions there and a exmark works for you. I also hear landscapers here saying they love the scag velocity alot in the spring also with the smaller deck .
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