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Old 08-23-2004, 08:36 PM
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John Deere or Exmark Walkbehind??

I took a ride down to my local john deere dealer and they have the 36'' walkbehind mower for 2500 pluss 300 for the bagger. Also at the exmark dealer they have a 36'' walkbehind for 2499.00 This is going to be my first walkbehind. I need an oppinion on which one to get. John Deere OR Exmark Metro. Please give me your oppinions, i want to make a good choice.
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Old 08-23-2004, 09:13 PM
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I'm running a JD GS45 48 inch walk behind with a 14 kawai no problems here. I've got 2 JD dealers close by. One in either direction. JD gets my vote
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Old 08-23-2004, 09:13 PM
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You will be happier with the eXmark. It cuts nicer. I have a 32" eXmark metro. I love it. Can take a pounding.
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Old 08-24-2004, 01:09 AM
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I've got a JD GS30 ( 36") and have been using it all summer. I think it does a great job with the cut. It leaves nice clean lines and so far seems to be pretty reliable. However, I wish I would not have bought a fixed deck. With the GS30 you've really got to change some bolts around if you want to change the height from say 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches. Also when I first bought it the spring for the belt drive kept breaking ( easy fix but a pain in the A** ). Finally the JD dealer put a bigger spring on and haven't hadf any trouble. Over all I'm happy with the mower and Think I'll stick with JD.
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Old 08-24-2004, 03:30 AM
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From the demo I saw I would say go Exmark, We have an Exmark ZTR and the dealers said the 36" wb has a better cut and I would agree.
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Old 08-24-2004, 04:18 AM
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I have a 15 year old JD 36" WB. I love it. It cuts better than any other mower I have or used. It leaves great stripes with no kit. There are virtually no clippings. Not a lot of overspray in landscape beds. And the deck stays clean. I like exmark, but they dont compare to JD IMO.
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Old 08-24-2004, 04:27 AM
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they are both equally great, think'n it would come down to dealer network. Both have fine cuts, and clean decks, so service and parts would be the factor.
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Old 08-24-2004, 06:03 AM
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my gs 30 is the best wb i have, great cut always starts first pull never used an exmark
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Old 08-24-2004, 06:05 AM
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if quality of cut matters go with an exmark
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Old 08-24-2004, 12:33 PM
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If you could wait until the 2005 JD walkbehinds come out, I think John Deere is going to make 36" 7 Iron deck for a walkbehind. I've heard a rumor anyway. But right now I would get the Exmark.

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