Exmark Metro 26''

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by sparcolawn, Mar 29, 2012.

  1. sparcolawn

    sparcolawn LawnSite Member
    from IN
    Posts: 179

    Does anyone have a Metro 26'' and if so, could you please give your reviews? I'm really in need of something like this but only have the review of the dealer right now and he's obviously saying its the best mower out there!
     
  2. Get Some...

    Get Some... LawnSite Senior Member
    from Kansas
    Posts: 651

    Alot faster than a 21" rear bagger.

    Engage blades at 1/2 throttle to help with belt life.
     
  3. greenerman

    greenerman LawnSite Member
    Posts: 116

    YBravo 25 inch!
     
  4. clinicalengineer

    clinicalengineer LawnSite Member
    Posts: 69

    I own one. Yes its heavy. Yes it rolls like a tank, but I love it. Now when i use a 21" mower it feels like a toy compared to the 26". You eventually build up the arm strength to throw it around like a 21". I like it, others hate it.
     
  5. zachj265

    zachj265 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 80

    I upgraded from a 21" Honda ($400 home depot model)to a metro 26" in February to increase efficiency cutting 10-12 yards per week. The extra 5 inches is supposed to increase efficiency 20%, which it successfully does. It seems more than 20% faster! In this aspect I am very satisfied. On the other hand it does not mulch as well as a home depot 21" Honda, which is sad considering a $1500 commercial mower cannot compete with the home depot 21" residential mower. The first time towed the metro with trailer I found the self propel handlebar at the bottom of trailer. It was strapped down but could not handle anything worse than a newly paved road without problems. I put the bar back on the mower and 2 months later no problems. After a month of using the metro one of the two springs used to adjust rear wheel height broke off. Mower still adjusts and mows fine. will fix once business slows down. Once again I am satisfied with the mower and it was the only model in my budget to justify 12 yards per week and still be profitable. I only notice the heaviness bagger getting full and going down steep incline. I'm 6'3" 250 so likely a different story for those not packing pounds.
     
  6. jbell36

    jbell36 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from KANSAS
    Posts: 1,283

    overall the metro 26 gets a bad review, most are dissatisfied...we have used one...when bagging it's a great machine, but not mulching, just not enough power...they are also very heavy and very bulky...even our dealer steered us away from this one..i've been looking at the ybravo 25, saw it was 117 lbs. last night, can't remember what the metro 26 is, but i'm sure it's a lot heavier...there are a lot of features i like about the bravo
     
  7. jbell36

    jbell36 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from KANSAS
    Posts: 1,283

    alright so just checked out the exmark site, the ybravo weighs just as much as the 21" metro, which we do have...the bravo is 34 lbs. lighter than the metro 26
     
  8. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,925

    Have both and phasing out the exmark purely due to cost of replacement parts. Slowly phasing in the bravo25 over the exmark 26. Like the cut of both at low settings but the exmark beats the bravo in speed. overall the cost of repair is the only offset between these mowers. The exmark is somewhat finicky on how the blades are engaged, and have broke numerous belts. I have yet to break a belt on the bravo. That means at least a hour of repair every year per mower. Over all compared to a 21 you are years ahead, once you get used to the size, and any one that can push a 21 can use one so not much training factor involved.
     
  9. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 15,782

    I had the Metro 26"...key word HAD. I guess if you were cutting the same lawn every two days it would be fine. Heavy and way underpowered.

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  10. RocketRollinSX

    RocketRollinSX LawnSite Member
    Posts: 9

    Despite all the bad reviews I picked up a Metro 26 over the weekend. Its used and I got it for pretty cheap. Overall I agree that its a heavy tank for mowing, but I can see where having it will be nice. Its a good step for me before spending the money for the Ybravo. My plan is to run th Exmark this season and upgrade to the Ybravo next year. I think like anything else, it has its learning curve but once you get used to it you can run it just fine. I agree its not the best thing out there but for me, it was the next step for my business.
     

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