Call me crazy (Exmark 21")

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Heintooga, Jun 21, 2010.

  1. Heintooga

    Heintooga LawnSite Member
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    I was at my favorite Snapper dealer today and they'd just put a new Exmark Commercial 21 out. Since I have a thing for commercial 21's and there's no independent Toro dealers near enough I just had to bring it home. Some day I may get bored enough to do a detailed comparison of the Honda, Snapper and Exmark commercials but I doubt it will happen.
     
  2. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Gold Member
    Male, from Knoxville, Tn
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    Did you get the mower at Powell Power? Let us know how it mulches. I've read good and bad things about this unit.
     
  3. Heintooga

    Heintooga LawnSite Member
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    Yes, it came from Powell Power. I mulch only so I'm gonna have to do a rain dance to get enough growth to test it. When I get enough use I'll post a comparison with the Snapper, Honda and Exmark commercial units.
    I considered the good and bad we've read so I closely went over it since it's the 2010 design. I believe Exmark listened to the users when they came out with this one. I was particularly impressed with the cover under the deck to keep the drive train and engine clean from clippings.
     
  4. did you go with the bbc or no?

    i two john deere's that we bought the last year they made a bbc and i have been holding out for them to come out with a new one but its looking like i am going to have to purcahse a atleast one new one this year.

    I am leaning towards honda but my local dealer only works on the brands he sells so i might be getting a exmark. I really like the 26 metro but i dont know if its work the extra money

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  5. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Gold Member
    Male, from Knoxville, Tn
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    Thanks. Will wait for your review.
     
  6. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Gold Member
    Male, from Knoxville, Tn
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    I may be completely wrong but think Exmark may remake the 26 metro using the concept of the new 21.
     
  7. 5oon3r_L33t

    5oon3r_L33t LawnSite Member
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    I bought the new Exmark 21" design this year. I got the first one my dealer sold. I love the Kawasaki KAI. I had a couple of issues with the belt coming off in tall grass, which wasn't a big deal. My dealer called me a few days ago telling me they had some upgrades to install. I took it in and they added 1) a plate to keep grass from getting into the belt area, 2) a guide to keep the belt aligned and, 3) a new fuel tank. The belt issues were real minor but I could see why they did the update. In addition, the updates were done at no charge. I gotta say I love the fact that they must be listening to their customers and getting any problems taken care of immediately.
     
  8. Heintooga

    Heintooga LawnSite Member
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    I got the only one they had and it doesn't have the BBC but I would have bought it with or without. I seldom bag and as easy as the new engines are to start I have no real need for the BBC. They had a Metro 26 two years ago and when I went back to get it was gone so I got the Snapper/Kaw. instead. From what I've read about the Metro's I'm glad it worked out. If they do a 26 on the new 21 design I may have to have one of those too.
     
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2010
  9. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
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    What do you think of the single speed transmission? Is the belt-slip method of ground speed control practical? Or, do you always run it at maximum ground speed?

    I want to keep options open, but the ground drive leaves me shaking my head. Tell us what YOU think, YOUR experiences. Do you have any slopes on your properties? If so, how does it work on those slopes?
     
  10. 5oon3r_L33t

    5oon3r_L33t LawnSite Member
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    I do not have the BBC. The transmission is "variable speed" up to 4.2 mph I believe. With proper adjustment it will go faster than you can walk. I have one client with about a 30 degree slope with tall fescue. Of course, I mow across the slope, not up and down. I do wish i had a 36" or a 42" for this job but she gets the job done. I've heard some people mention with damp grass the deck gets clogged. I had a little bit of a problem with that today so I changed the height from 1 1/2" to 2" (we had a lot of rain last week, more than usual growth) and that worked out fine. I mulch all of my properties and as long as you are only taking off 1/3 of the grass blade you should be fine.
     

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