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Exmark vs Everride

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MKVLawnservice, Jun 11, 2009.

  1. MKVLawnservice

    MKVLawnservice LawnSite Member
    Posts: 2

    My boss is considering two zero turn mowers for our parks in town, and he has asked for some input from the pro's. We are looking to buy a zero turn in the range of a 60" deck, diesel was first choice but budget won't allow. There was a suggestion to look at the Everide brand, and I suggested Exmark. Please offer any input on this decision with maintenance in mind, quality of cut, and durability. Thanks ahead of time.

  2. Sammy

    Sammy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,734

    Check out Grasshopper. Good machines.
  3. djflats

    djflats LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 460

    Not to steal the thread but...I work for an electrical utility and during the cutting season I take care of 30 something substations by myself. My boss asked me for input on getting a new ZTR machine since I'm the one that uses it 95% of the time. I looked on here for information and got a lot of help from you guys on here. I suggested a Hustler so I think he's going for a John Deere. What a j/o...why even ask? I just had to get that off my chest, sorry.:hammerhead:
    Btw...nothing against JD...that was just my opinion.
  4. Razorblades

    Razorblades LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 950

    I'm sure that some will step up and relay the experiences they've had with both, but in the mean time,:confused:(where did that saying come from) i'll give you my opinion based on observation, demo time, research and close examination of both. I assume that you're talking about the EverRide Warrior model and a comparable Exmark model. The Exmark, with the Ultracut deck will leave a very clean cut with chopped up clippings and good dispersal. The triton deck (also Exmark) will cut good on some types of grass and just OK on others, and the clippings will be longer. The EverRide Warrior's deck is a "tunnel" style deck which will move alot of grass in a hurry, it will cut clean also and the clipping dispersal will be excellent but the clipping length will be longer than the exmark decks. I would say that most maintenance issues and serviceability will be about the same for either brand. Durability should be close also, I might give a slight edge to the EverRide but either should be fine. The EverRide does have a pivoting front axle that will smooth out the contours. It can also be pinned to make it fixed in place. the deck on the EverRide is attached to the front axle so it will follow the contours as the front tires move over them. the Exmark has a fixed front axle and the deck is mounted to the frame at the rear and hung from chains at the front. In a nutshell, the Exmark is usually considered one of the top mid mount ZT choices for users on well manicured lawns while the EverRides advantage would probably be on the biweekly or more overgrown commercial type settings. But either one would be good in either setting. The EverRide ill goe 13 mph while the Exmark models range between 10 and 13 mph. Both offer kohler and Kawasaki engines while also offering some Briggs engines, as well. If the dealer for both brands is good, I think I would lean towards the EverRide for your properties that you listed. Lastly , I would require that the dealer let me demo the mowers that I was interested in, if they won't let you demo, then I would take that brand off of my list. Also remember that you'll get alot more reccomendations for Exmark because alot more people have used them or know someone who has whereas the EverRides aren't nearly as well known by most and not as many have used them either. Hope this helps some
  5. mowerdude777

    mowerdude777 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,732

    exmark makes the best mowers in my oppion
  6. 413golf

    413golf LawnSite Member
    Posts: 50

    Hey RAZORBLADES! That was what every guy looking for a zeroturn always asks and never gets an honest unbiased opinion.Too many folks on lawnsite are trying to to sell mowers instead of giving good honest advice. I've run exmarks and everrides and agree with you on everything you said.I cut 65 acres every week and find some great things about both mowers;I think most mowers today are built very well and it comes down to price,cutting conditions and DEALER SUPPORT.Everrides will cut in any condition and leave a decent cut! 1to 6 inches.I would give the edge to exmark for cut quality under favorrable conditions,but the everrride will do a better job in tough conditions.Anyway great advise,I guess you're not on commission Thanks for being unbiased
  7. Razorblades

    Razorblades LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 950

    No, I am not on commission or selling mowers, lol. Thanks for the compliment. By the way, if you've run both brands, do you think the EverRide is as durable as the Exmark?
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2009
  8. 413golf

    413golf LawnSite Member
    Posts: 50

    I actually believe it's a tougher mower with a simpler design.It's very easy to clean the deck after mower in the muck(I should get one of those mowers guys talk about that can go six months without cleanning,HA HA!)I've never had any problems out off them other than trying to run the briggs for eight hours straight everyday,The briggs is only good for a homeowners that mow a couple of hours and put it up for a week.The only problem with the Everrides is parts.if they would get parts and warranty work covered faster they would be able to contend with anyone.This won't be a problem now because New Holland picked up the mower and painted it Blue, also the Ariens pro zoom is an Everride with orange paint.I'm not saying kinda like it ,it is the Everride Warrior.The first Everride I had was abused;anything I could get under the deck got cut down,four foot bush or whatever,no problems other than the briggs mian gasket on the engine leaking no problems!!If I can abuse one that bad and it hold up it has to be one tough mower.So they got the name right WARRIOR for two-to-three thousand less it's a great mower. Mine ride as good as the next Leasr Z so I'm impressed,So your simple answer is yes, it's as tough
  9. vanncann

    vanncann LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 456

    Exmark from my expierence, great warrenty and support. Depending on your dealer!??? Have owned around 12 and they are easy to sell and great to use.
  10. 413golf

    413golf LawnSite Member
    Posts: 50

    Hey I'll have to check out Newton,Alabama,The dealer here is great but his point is they do the work and cover it with the warranty but has a hard time getting reimbersed,and getting odd parts.It seems to be a problem somewhere on the distributer side.Your dealer probably stocks a few of everything. Anyway I will check out your dealer, Name?I bet New Holland will sell the Warrior for about 10900,I'm anxious to see their price on our babies,Mow On

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