Exmark Vantage

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by Forever Green Landscaping, Jan 20, 2013.

  1. Forever Green Landscaping

    Forever Green Landscaping LawnSite Member
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    Looking for some information about the Vantage
    I currently have a stander but there are some hills it can't tackle and have to break out the walk behind to finish.
    Watching the videos and information about the Vantage they claim you can raise the platform and use it as a walk behind
    How steep of a hill can you actually use it on?
    Will it actually function like a walk behind or will I still need to carry around another machine for hills?

    Thanks
     
  2. Jimslawncareservice

    Jimslawncareservice LawnSite Platinum Member
    from mn
    Posts: 4,128

    What brand of stander do you have? I have had wrights and a deere which is the same as a great dane and gravely. They both handled hills great.
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  3. Forever Green Landscaping

    Forever Green Landscaping LawnSite Member
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    I have a Wright and I can do some pretty decent hills but nothing compared to a walk behind but it will slide sometimes going down
     
  4. trock

    trock LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have a 52 inch vantage and i love it. You can fold up the stand on platform and walk behind it if you had too....
     
  5. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
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    There have been a few people on here that have said that if your not standing on the platform it actually has less traction because your weight isnt over the wheels. Fold up platform is mostly for trailering I guess
     
  6. Forever Green Landscaping

    Forever Green Landscaping LawnSite Member
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    Have you ever used it as a walk behind on a hill
    I don't want to go from one to the other and be in the same situation
     
  7. Forever Green Landscaping

    Forever Green Landscaping LawnSite Member
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    I see they come with the ECS controls now which I would think would be a huge benefit when doing hills
    I see an 60" listed on EBay but Exmark website doesn't seem to offer that option
     
  8. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Knoxville, Tn
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    I have a 60" vantage. It will handle any hill that you can use a wb with a sulky. It is not better than a wb alone. Did a demo with a vantage with ecs and prefer the z type controls.
     
  9. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
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    I would get the Z controls if possible. There have been numerous posts on here about how the ECS controls really hurt your hands after an extended period of running time.
     
  10. Forever Green Landscaping

    Forever Green Landscaping LawnSite Member
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    I guess that's what I am getting at I wouldn't think the Z style controls would be as great on hills as the ECS If it can replace a WB for the hills and a rider for speed and open spaces it can save you some serious money with its versitility.
     

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