Flex deck on 36" metro 12.5 kaw?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ranger520, Sep 14, 2002.

  1. ranger520

    ranger520 LawnSite Member
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    Will this combo work. it looks like a great deal as every account I have has low hanging trees.
     
  2. heygrassman

    heygrassman LawnSite Senior Member
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    LGF?? FLexDeck??

    Ranger... I am pretty sure that you can use FD on a 36" Metro 12.5 could be a lil threatening...
     
  3. I don't know your whole situataion, but it would be a great addition to your repertiore.

    Power in tall wet grass might be alittle short.

    You could always remove it in the 20 seconds that would take. Would save bookoo trimming.

    I know the feeling of low hanging trees, that's what we use it for the most.
     
  4. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
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    Ranger520 - The one you see is a 15 Kawasaki - I do have a customer that has one on a 13 HP beltdrive JD , but you must realize that hydro motors take more power. He gets along great, but I would definitly recommend the 15.

    If you are a regular finish mower, and don't let things get out of hand you would be OK. But I would still recomment the biggest engine you can get - especially if you have a sulky that it has to pull.

    Thanks, Brad - BTW - It is one hell of an attachment and will blow your mind if you ever get one.[​IMG]

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  5. ProMo

    ProMo LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I was interested in the fd for my 36 tthp but it has cut like **** since i bought it and dont think it could handle this I posted on exmarks forum and then got a call saying the distributor would fix it under warranty I took it in and all they did was replace a 1 week old set of blades and belt and said i must have rolled the mower because it has a bent front frame Ive measured everything and cant see were anything is bent and it still cuts like its underpowered ive lost all my faith in exmarks product so will not be looking into adding this on the exmark maybe on a future mower if it will work well in thick st augestine grass
     
  6. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
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    Promo, you put this here to slam on eXmark. I've been keeping up with your thread about this in the eXmark forum. They have given you great attention to your problems. Nobody else would have come close to helping you like they did. They have your machine working better than it ever has, as you yourself stated. You are going to be having it checked out in the off season when there is more time.

    Now you come on this thread and say you've lost all faith? They have given you more attention than I've seen them give anyone. They have done several things on the machine, and it is way out of warrenty. They've done it just to help you out. I just don't get it!


    http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?threadid=30759&pagenumber=3
     
  7. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
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    Sorry to get a little off topic Ranger. As far as your original question, I have the metro with 12.5 kawi. Its a good motor. It has real good torque. If your side discharging the 12.5 hp kawi should do fine.
     
  8. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Senior Moderator
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    Hoss is correct.
    I have followed that thread in the eXmark forum closely too.

    eXmark doesn't reply in the commerical forum. They use their MFR forum to answer questions, so I doubt they will see this.
    But I hope members go to the thread that 65hoss posted, so they too can see how fairly eXmark has treated Promo.
     
  9. ProMo

    ProMo LawnSite Bronze Member
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    i wasnt slamming, exmark hasnt even answered my last posts but this machine has problems it always has and still does my problem is in either the blade speed or the pto it shows adjusted then the next time i use it it shows the belt to tight i was trying to see how this flex deck would work in thick st aug grass and stated that i didnt think it would do well with the way my machine cuts i thought exmark was helping but it solved nothing if i spent the 250 dollars on a new frame its not going to solve the way this machine cuts if i wanted to slam exmark i would but im not
     
  10. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
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    Promo,
    As to the 12.5 hp kawi, flexdeck, and St. Augustine I think if you were cutting regularly and side discharging the 12.5 would handle it. If you are using the mulch kit I don't think it will under all circumstances. The 12.5 kawi has enough power to run the mulch kit well, but adding a FD to it and having heavy growth would be to much for it. I say all this as my opinion based on I mulch 100% of the time with my 36" metro. In ideal conditions with the mulch kit and FD it would be great.
     

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