Fixed deck walk-behinds

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by GTLC, Oct 21, 2003.

  1. GTLC

    GTLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 700

    i am interested in getting a 48" fixed deck walk-behind either by Exmark or Toro next year and I was wondering if anybody had any insight on them.
     
  2. locutus

    locutus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Posts: 1,266

    You will have more proplems with scalping if you are not very experienced. Secondly, height adjustment is more difficult, however, there is no doubt that you can get a great cut from a fixed deck walk-behind if you know what you are doing.
     
  3. GTLC

    GTLC LawnSite Senior Member
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    It would be either a Exmark Metro 48" or Toro Proline 48"
     
  4. MacLawnCo

    MacLawnCo LawnSite Bronze Member
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    They are the same thing. Go with which ever controls you like best, and which has the better dealer. I still use mine, and it cuts like a champ. It was an excellent startup machine for me, and will soon be retired to backup duty. If i had to do it again, i would not think twice. Ive gotten 3 years of absolutely trouble free service from mine with over 700 hours on the clock currently.
     
  5. MacLawnCo

    MacLawnCo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,847

    Double post.

    I should add, that all my properties are < 1acre and are perfectly graded and all cut at the same height.
     
  6. ElephantNest

    ElephantNest LawnSite Bronze Member
    from La.
    Posts: 1,878

    Toro same as exmark? *Sigh


    NOT!

    Toro owns both, why would they sell both if they are the same? Look at them side by side, and I'm sure you'll go with exmark.


    ~Nest
     
  7. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,937

    Other than a few stickers, the only differences are the hand controls.

    Exmark Metro

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    TORO Pro-Line

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    Pick your poison.

    Last year they BOTH offered pistol grip controls, and they WERE identical.
     
  8. heybruck34

    heybruck34 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 300

    I really like my Scag 48 fixed deck. I don't think it is that hard to adjust the height. No tools needed unless you are actually unbolting the entire deck and doing it that way. I usually just move 2 spaces and call it even. 3-3.5"
     
  9. pottstim

    pottstim LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 501

    I have a Toro Proline48 fixed deck that I bought new in June of this year. It has the pistol grip controls and the Kawasaki 15hp twin. So far, I am very pleased with this machine. I would have liked to have purchased a hydro unit, but my budget did not allow for that. The belt drive does fine for me, and the only negative thing I can see with it so far is it tends to freewheel a little bit going down hills. In order to minimize this, I just apply some downard pressure on the pistol grips with my hands. This puts pressure down on the idler pulley which puts tension on the drive belts. When I do this, it pretty much elmiminates the freewheeling. locutus is correct in his statement about a fixed deck scalping more easily than a floating deck. I had this problem a little bit in my first week of ownership. Prior to me buying the Toro, I had no experience what so ever with any type of walkbehind mower. When I anticipate a possible scalp, I will apply a little bit of downward pressure on the handle bars to lift the front of the deck a bit until I pass that certain area. I paid $2795 for my machine. If you have any questions, feel free to PM me, and I will answer them to the best of my ability. Here is a picture of my Toro.

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  10. ElephantNest

    ElephantNest LawnSite Bronze Member
    from La.
    Posts: 1,878

    When I looked at them, the Toro deck was inferior. Control arms looked weaker, hydro pumps were different. Among other things that I cannot remember right now.
     

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