exmark, walker, or bob-cat

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Mowerboy04, Mar 8, 2006.

  1. Mowerboy04

    Mowerboy04 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,435

    hey guys i'm going to need to get a bigger ztr this year because i just picked up a 5 acre commerical lawn contract, and i will still have my 18 residential lawns. the mowers i am interested in are exmark walker and bob-cat. below i listed my likes and dislikes of each mower and some concerns i have. What oppions to you guys have on these three mowers? Which one do you guys feel are the best deal? how dose each mower hold up? how is the cut quality? and one last note this will be the last mower i will be buying till after college so it will need to last at least 6 years, i have been putting about 200hrs on a season.
    thanks alot guys
    alex
    ps. don't mind my spelling

    Exmark likes
    - 60in cut
    -dealer is close by
    -i will recive a free trimmer with purchase
    -23hp kaw
    -$8,200
    Exmark dislikes
    -dealer is close but isn't that good have had bad experince there in the past
    -not sure on quality of stripeing
    -seems kind of like there high priced

    reason for likeing walker
    - like the controls
    -looks like its build solid
    -i like the grass handeling system
    -i like the easyness of changeing decks
    -i like the idea of not needing a trac vac

    walker dislikes
    -not sure about out frount mower deck
    -small fule tank
    - don't like how to empty the hopper i would need to get the lift kit so i could dump in to my dump trailer
    -worried about changing decks offten "would have to do it quite offten because i have a few lawns that will be bagged and the rest are side discharge"
    -not sure on stripeing quality

    bob-cat

    likes
    - i have one now its been a good machine
    -kaw engin

    dislikes
    -dealer is not good at all
    - not sure on quality of machine
    -not sure on stripeing quality
     
  2. jtkplc

    jtkplc LawnSite Silver Member
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    Exmarks stripe great without a striping kit, and they are really nice with one.
     
  3. NEPSJay

    NEPSJay LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 492

    If you are gonna go with the Exmark (which I recommend), do yourself a favor and can the 23hp idea and spend the couple of extra bucks for the 27hp model. I doesnt sound like much difference, but believe me, you'll be glad you did. 23hp is underpowered for a 60in deck.
     
  4. NEPSJay

    NEPSJay LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 492

    By the way are these new machines or used.... I'm assuming new? According to exmark site they did away with the kawi's and run 23,27,28 kohlers.
     
  5. Mowerboy04

    Mowerboy04 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,435

    there new machines
     
  6. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Posts: 10,812


    Are they left overs from 2003?? Because they(exmark) have not had the 23 Kaw on a lazer since 02 or 03.
     
  7. jtkplc

    jtkplc LawnSite Silver Member
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    I second that...:weightlifter:
     
  8. Jake's Lawn Service

    Jake's Lawn Service LawnSite Member
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    What dealer do you go to, the Farmington Hills Weingartz? All the Weingartz's have great service. I go to the one in Utica and buy all my equipment from there. Go with an exmark any day!
     
  9. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Posts: 10,812


    So is it a left over or 2006?????
     
  10. Mowerboy04

    Mowerboy04 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,435

    yea i think it is left over
     

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