36" Commercial Mower ?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Craig T, Nov 8, 2002.

  1. Craig T

    Craig T LawnSite Member
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    I'm looking to purchase my 1st wb gear driven mower I will be demoing a Gravely this Saturday with the new style controls it has the 13 Kaw $2600. Also looking at the SCAG 15Kaw $2400
    and the Lesco. The Metro is I think around $2400. I will be mowing residence and a few small commercial accounts. Also mulching only. What brand of 36' belt mowers seem to be working the best for everyone else??
  2. bubble boy

    bubble boy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    consider hydro. the reasons are many and can be found in a search.

    if price is an issue look at the ferris 36 SD- is half way in $ between belt and dual drive hydro. still have infinate speeds, instant reverse. and built tough. just won't zero turn
  3. ScotLawn

    ScotLawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    Hydro is always better but if cost is an issue stick with belt drive. I use an Exmark and run my mulch kit all the time. It does wonders on bermuda and on leaves. Exmark makes, IMHO, the best mulching deck on the market. First thing i would do would be to talk to some local LCO's about dealer service. Then look what brands those dealers sell. I don't care if you buy the best mower on the planet, if you don't have good dealer support for warr issues you are screwed.

    If you can find a good dealer for exmark, Look at the 36" metro with ECS controls. Very nice. If you can afford the few extra $$ get the metro HP with floating deck. Floating deck is always a plus over rough yards. Oh on the engines, get the 15hp twin Kaw. Kohler is ok but the Kaw has more torque which means more power to run the blades in heavy grass with the mulch kit.

  4. wmsland

    wmsland LawnSite Member
    from NE OHIO
    Posts: 127

    Take a look at a Bunton. I have had a 36" belt drive for nine years and it is still running like a champ, even though it has been made into the official back up mower.
  5. goodbeus

    goodbeus LawnSite Senior Member
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    on a 36" deck, don't worry about the floating deck, it's a waste of money...the deck has no overhang past the wheels...anything bigger, it would be a good idea for a floating deck...
  6. TJLC

    TJLC LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I would not buy another 36" because of the lack of overhang. After owning hydro's I will never buy another belt drive either. I understand if price is an issue but a hydro drive is WELL worth the extra cost, IMHO. I think a 48" 17 Kawi e/s would be an excellent choice, again, IMHO. Whatever you decide, demo all the machines you can get you hands on and good luck.
  7. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
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    Craig T. - Wheather you get the belt drive or hydro is up to you - but you would never regret the hydro if you can squeeze it into your budget -

    TJLC is right about the overhang, but we can correct that immediately- Thanks, Brad[​IMG]

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  8. Rhett

    Rhett LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Love my 36 Exmark Metro. Nice cut and even with the 12.5 Kaw it has enough power. The only down fall is on the rare ocasion that I need reverse it is basically non exsitent. With the prices Lesco has going on thier WBs I would have to give them a serious look.
  9. scag built like a tank and cuts and stripes great.
  10. goodbeus

    goodbeus LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 392

    kinda hard to get a 48" deck through a standard gate, most of which are 36"-40"...but if you don't have clients with fences, I would go with a 52"...

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