Help!!! Exmark or John Deere

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Monroe'sLawnCare, Nov 8, 2012.

  1. Monroe'sLawnCare

    Monroe'sLawnCare LawnSite Member
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    I am new to the website and brand new to the Lawn Care Business as a company owner!

    I worked for a guy on my off days from the fire department, but with soon to be three kids I have decided to start my own company. (Still only on off days from FD)

    The company I worked for previously used Toro mowers, but based on some demo's I have recieved as well as research, I have narrowed my choices down to Exmark or John Deere.

    I know Exmark mowers "rule" the industry but the John Deere mowers with the 7 iron decks are very impressive as well. Both companies offer great financing and/or leases as well.

    Any input from professionals in the business would be greatly appreciated. My thanks ahead of time.
     
  2. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Posts: 6,227

    First off... WELCOME to the site!!! A lot of good info here.

    Now as it goes about Deere vs exmark, my opinion is its all in the grass you cut. The exmark is the KING of well watered, fertilized, and taken care of grass. In most cases it falls on its face when it comes time to do the weedy, not so thick lawns. My Deere cuts all the grass every time, the 7 iron deck is a suction monster so there have been 0 issues with stragglers on any type of lawn I cut which is on both ends of the manicured spectrum. The Deere won't stripe as well but will cut it all flawlessly while the exmark with stripe the crap out of everything but not necessarily give the best cut quality on all lawns. Good luck in your business endeavors
     
  3. Andover Landscape Co.

    Andover Landscape Co. LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Lexington,KY
    Posts: 572

    Deere !!! All the way...
     
  4. Monroe'sLawnCare

    Monroe'sLawnCare LawnSite Member
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    Wow that is a lot of great information that i did not know. Thank you very much. I will take everything you said into consideration.
     
  5. weis1

    weis1 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 19

    LandFakers said it best. I run both.
     
  6. NJDLLC

    NJDLLC LawnSite Member
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    I'd look at your local dealer first. Who will service it and who is more reliable? You don't want extra down days because your JD or Exmark dealer is unreliable. If that is the case, it doesn't matter if you choose the right mower or not.
     
  7. Greyst1

    Greyst1 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I would get a John Deere over the exmark. Exmark has a great deck (Ultracut) for perfect cutting conditions, as condition get wetter and thicker quality goes does down a bit. Although Exmark and Toro machines are light and nimble compare to the competition but i just can't get over how over priced they are. Not saying Deere is much more affordable but Exmarks are pushing upper 11's....

    Question though: How come you want to get into landscaping when you have a full time job?
     
  8. LawnCareNoobie

    LawnCareNoobie LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 434

    Dealer support, price, and personal preference. I run Deere and have had great experience using them. I've also ran Exmark in the past and had a great experience using them. I personally would lean towards the Deere based on the deck because like others have said it's much better for all conditions.
     
  9. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Posts: 13,367

    I agree with Landfaker's post. Very well stated.

    I will say though, that I know from firsthand experience that it will stripe as good as an Exmark when pitched properly. I normally run my decks pitched a 1/4" down in front (on the blades themselves), but a couple months ago I pitched my deck to 3/8" to make sure I still have at least the 1/4" I want when I am sitting on the machine, and it is simply unbelievable how much better it stripes than it already did. Around me Exmark rules, followed by Bobcat (since the Bobcat's are far cheaper to buy here). I run just about the only Deere I see around here. I cut right next to several Exmarks and i will put the QOC of mine against them any day of the week, and if there's any moisture in/on the grass, mine is worlds ahead of them in performance.
     
  10. Jimslawncareservice

    Jimslawncareservice LawnSite Platinum Member
    from mn
    Posts: 4,133

    Another who agrees with landfakers. I've owned both. And yes they both stripe, about equally too. Heck I can good stripes with my x series 62" deck. I know RG can stripe great with his deere 240.

    I don't why people think they need an exmark if they want to stripe and think nothing else can stripe. Its all complete bs.
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