Help choosing a 30-36" Exmark mower to my solo outfit.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by Holland, Apr 3, 2013.

  1. Holland

    Holland LawnSite Senior Member
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    Hey guys. Hope your ready for Spring!! So I bought myself a 2006 48" Turf Tracer a few weeks back and love it. Thanks for all your help.
    I already have a decent 21" Toro, but I need a 30-36" mower also and I'll be set. I'm currently looking at an older model Viking 36" for about $1100 that's in great shape, and also a new condition Exmark commercial 30" mower for $1500. Should I go for one of these or keep looking for a used 36" Turf Tracer?
    My budget on the 30-36" is $1500.
    Any opinions are welcome. Thanks again!
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  2. dstifel

    dstifel LawnSite Senior Member
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    I used to run a Viking quite a bit when I worked for a company no complaints, but seeing as you already have a 48 i would go with the 30. Jmo
     
  3. Holland

    Holland LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yeah I honestly really want one of those 30s. Will be much more versatile in tite areas and will basically be a 21" replacement and only 6" less than a bulky 36".
    Just not sure.
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  4. rbljack

    rbljack LawnSite Senior Member
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    i have the exmark 30 and have been happy so far, but its too early to tell. I know for a fact its going to be lighter than a full blown walk behind, and take up less space on a trailer. It doesn't completely replace a 21 inch mower because there are time when I need one of those also (smaller gates). But I am getting a lot of use out of the Exmark 30, and it fits in places where a 32 or 36 walk behind wouldn't go.

    If you have any question about the exmark 30, check out the thread I started on it. If you do a search on here, it should show up for ya. I started my review on it, and will be posting updates as the season goes by. Others are posting in there as well.

    If you can get an exmark 30 for 1500 cash new.....that's a bargain too! Mine came out to $1944 after tax and the optional Mulching Kit/baffle assembly. Mine came with a high lift blade designed for bagging, and I cant comment on its mulching abilitiy yet because its too early in the season. I do plan to compare the stock high lift blades mulching ability to the Low lift blade and Baffle assembly that I purchased as an option. We shall see. figured I should mention it though in case you decide to pick up the exmark.
     
  5. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
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    Holland, if you're doing a lot of bagging then an ExMark/Toro 30 (rear bagger) would be a better choice for tight areas than a WB with a side-bagger. If you're mostly side-discharging then I'd go with a commercial 32 or 36 to improve clipping dispersal and QOC. Just my humble opine.
     
  6. Holland

    Holland LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks for the responses. Still debating. But if i could find a turf tracer hydro 36 used and cheap I'd do that. That 30 still is calling me though. Hehehe
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  7. Kevin R

    Kevin R LawnSite Member
    from Canada
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    [QUOTE=Valk;4729895]Holland, if you're doing a lot of bagging then an ExMark/Toro 30 (rear bagger) would be a better choice for tight areas than a WB with a side-bagger. If you're mostly side-discharging then I'd go with a commercial 32 or 36 to improve clipping dispersal and QOC. Just my humble opine.[/QUOTE]


    I agree with this, but I would still use the 30 for side discharge IMO.

    KR
     
  8. Holland

    Holland LawnSite Senior Member
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    I think im gonna go with the 30. Mowing mostly small residential lawns I think it will be a good choice. Thanks for the help.
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  9. rbljack

    rbljack LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
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    not trying to sell ya on the exmark 30, but it offers more versatility. you can switch from bagging to mulching, AND quickly change the cutting heights..which cant be done as easily with the WB.
     
  10. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
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    Granted, I side-discharge well over 95% of the time. So, personally, I'd be most concerned about the QOC/clipping dispersal. Wet/moist/dewy conditions need power/torque to spread the clippings out. That little bar at the bottom of the side-discharge chute might very well be a hindrance in less than optimal conditions.

    How wide is the mower with the lil side-discharge chute attached?

    I'm all in favor of this mower being all it can be. Lack of commercial power and blade choices are what stick out to me at the present time. Looking forward to more reviews.
     

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