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3.7 hours on one gallon

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by vegandude, Jul 25, 2013.

  1. vegandude

    vegandude LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 450

    I finally got my maintenance meter installed on my ex30 last night and today I was finally able to get a accurate run time per gallon. The 33" mower it's replacing would have used over two gallons. :clapping::clapping:
     
  2. fullofgrass1

    fullofgrass1 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 5

    Where do you get a meter at? I have the toro turfmaster! I love it can run forever on 1gal of fuel and cuts GREAT!
     
  3. vegandude

    vegandude LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 450

    The one I got is made by Briggs & stratton. I bought off of amazon for about $23. I'm pretty sure that I have seen them at ace hardware stores. It sure makes scheduled maintenance easier.
     
  4. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
    Posts: 2,773

    Just for a push mower?
     
  5. dareo

    dareo LawnSite Member
    Posts: 59

    The toro/exmark 30s are very fuel efficient. If there is not much growth i have knocked out as many as 5 regular size lawns in one tank, with a timemaster's small tank. I trim first and mow fast and can't believe how little fuel it goes through.

    Now i want an hour meter.
     
  6. vegandude

    vegandude LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 450

    Why would you not put an hour meter on the mower that you use for 98 percent of your lawns. My lawns are small to medium-sized residential and on some a 30 is getting up there as to being to big. My favorite is my nine minute,$19 lawn, used to be 13 minutes with my 26.
     
  7. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,711

    That's impressive. So, did you run it dry and fill with one gallon and run it dry yet again?
    (guessing so, but thought I'd ask :) )

    Similar to your 33", this is over twice the hours/gallon than what my 16hp Kaw KAI ('07) achieved running a 32" wb mower. Though, I've not checked it in a few years.

    I looked at Kaw's site, and fwiw that FJ180 is 179cc = 10.9 cubic inches and ~30 lbs propelling a 170 lb mower ... and my 16hp is 603cc = 36.8 cubic inches and ~81 lbs propelling a 340 lb mower.
     
  8. vegandude

    vegandude LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 450

    Currently I am running dry and writing down time. The fuel savings is just blowing me away. My 33 has a 15hp kohler command pro on it and it just sucks fuel. This mower is actually faster than my big mower, I'm just loving it:clapping:
     
  9. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
    Posts: 2,773

    I guess because it doesn't take but a few minutes to change the oil. That's about all there is to service on them outside the air filter.
     
  10. lawnsaspire

    lawnsaspire LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,511

    I find your posts to be a wealth Vegandude. I currently own the Timemaster and my goal is to eventually purchase either the Exmark or Toro commercial as these mowers are the perfect size for over half of my lawns. I sold my BOP Quick 36 in June and my plan is to build my future lawn bids and direction with the 30 inch mower in mind. My question to you is twofold. 1. Do you feel it would be wise to make a purchase on a commercial 30 this year, given the possible changes that could be made next year to deck design, tranny, or even engine? and 2. A big part of my biz is fall leaf cleanup, which most of the time just involves me mulching my customers leaves on a weekly basis through the 1st part of Dec. Do you feel that the Exmark has a enough power or torque for that kind of work? It would be a light to moderate sheet of leaves on the lawn each time. Frankly, I love the Timemaster, but I question it's ability to do this.
    Thank you.
     

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