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Advice Please

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by njyamahauler, Sep 21, 2002.

  1. njyamahauler

    njyamahauler LawnSite Member
    Posts: 8

    I'm looking to buy a 36" cut walkbehind mower. I've checked the dealers in my immediate area and there is a Ransome Bob Cat dealer and a John Deere dealer. There is an Exmark dealer, but he is a little too far away. I should probably go with the Bob Cat or the JD. Any suggestions or experiences with either one? Thanks.
  2. CMerLand

    CMerLand LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 393

    I used bobcats since I got in this business in 90 and have had veryyyyy little ever go wrong with them. Very durable and reliable with no major mechanical downtime on the machines other then wear item, such as tires and belts.

    I recently just sold my oldest bobcat that was in semi retirement for the past couple of years. Now that I have a toro Z and a walker, my bobcats are on standby but will get up and go to work tommorrow if need be.

    Parts, belts and blades if needed are very easy to find in mail order catalogs.

    Why are you getting the 36" tho? Much more productivity can be gained out of a 48 unless you cut primarily smaller properties.

    Where in NJ are you located?
  3. njyamahauler

    njyamahauler LawnSite Member
    Posts: 8

    Thanks for the info CMerLand. I live in Burlington County and I do cut mostly smaller properties. Gates are also an issue. So far, I have heard nothing but good things about the Bob Cat. The only major difference that I can see between the JD and the Bob cat is the engine. The Kawasaki vs. the Kohler. Both are priced about the same.
  4. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,067

    You should give the Exmark dealer a look, even if it is farther away. They are awesome mowers. I bought a Turf Tracer HP 36" about 3 weeks ago and love it. Best purchase I've ever made. Go with Exmark, you won't be dissapointed.
  5. Ax Man

    Ax Man LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 446

    I'd go Bobcat. I have run them for over 15 years and when something wears out it is just that.
    Not broken, worn. I'd also go 48 and work on customers gates this winter. Sell them the advantage of the easier access, getting things in and out of the back yard Blah blah, till they agree to pay to do it.
    The most expensive part is the gate.
    Good luck!
  6. Gtotoy

    Gtotoy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 172

    bobcat is all we have ever ran,, simply the best
  7. Miller Mowing

    Miller Mowing LawnSite Member
    Posts: 25

    Personally, I would recommend Dixon! I have 3 Dixons, and have been very pleased with them. Dixon Mowers = Dependable and trouble free mowing! Nothing else to say.
  8. CMerLand

    CMerLand LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 393

    Gotta love so much of the worthless advise that people are willing to give to someone that asks a simple enough question on here.

    The man clearly explains that he has a JD, Bobcat and exmark dealer in his area, yet someone chimes in with Dixon to help validate his own purchase. Have never seen a dixon mower in this whole state in the 20 years in the field but hey thanks for throwing that out there.

    And then Scag 48 chimes in that he got his exmark 3 weeks ago and amazingly its performed GREATTTT. Well after three weeks of flawless performance heck Im gonna run out and get one right now.

    Seriously, njhauler, satisfaction with your dealer will go much further down the road then the specific machine you buy. Be it the exmark whos a little further away or the JD or Bobcat, each machine will at some point have something go down on it, and your dealer will be your new best friend if he has the parts and service knowhow to get you back to work in short order.
  9. ceaman

    ceaman LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 131

    I have a Exmark metro 36. I have put 150 hours on it this season. I absolutely love my exmark!

    I just purchaced my first ZTR yesterday; Exmark hp 52" 23 Kawasaki.

    My local dealer treated me wrong on the last service and now on the last chance to sell. I found a new dealer for exmark! I can drive 45 min and guaranteed a fix or a loaner. Compared to the local dealer who held me up in the service department for 5 days for a warranty issue that took 1 hr to fix.
  10. HacMan91

    HacMan91 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 114

    I agree with CMerland. You obviously know which mowers are in your area. Ask some of the other companies what their experiences have been with the dealers in your area. If it takes you 2 weeks to get a mower back with one dealer and 2 days with another, theres your answer.

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