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Help!!! Exmark or John Deere

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

  1. Monroe'sLawnCare

    Monroe'sLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 10

    Thank you guys very much for your imput. Greyst1, A lot of firefighters own their own companies since our schedules are typically 24 hours on duty followed by 48 hours off duty. Lots of guys/gals do construction, fire protection services, roofing, landscaping, CPR training etc. on their off days for extra $$$.
     
  2. integrityman

    integrityman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,710

    Try to Demo come Spring. You may wish to pick up something used until you make your decision. I'd suggest wait til mid May when grass is about as thick as it can be. Then demo & see which one works best.

    Evaluate your dealer support. Responsiveness is key. Steer clear of disinterested grumpy or pushy dealers.

    Go 100% legitimate. Few things upset me as much as civil servants part timing lawn care etc and never paying taxes, getting LLC'd, getting commercial vehicle tags etc and then expecting a decent salary from the tax paying public. Its not right, its not appropriate and its dishonest.

    And yes, mulching leaves works fantastic. From experience, the Exmark mulches really well.

    With Lawnsite- learn to use the thread tool. It'l save you lts of time and avoid repeat threads.

    Good luck.
     
  3. Monroe'sLawnCare

    Monroe'sLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 10

    I am going 100% legit. LLC papers are being submitted at the beginning of next week. I am not trying to free-load and/or avoid paying taxes.
     
  4. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Posts: 6,227

    Im glad to here to hear that!
     
  5. Greyst1

    Greyst1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 897

    Well that's good, no one likes a double dipping tax cheat. Do you think you have what it takes?
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  6. I haven't seen this mentioned but, how good is the warranty on both? That would be a big deciding factor with me and could be worth several thousand dollars in the long run.
     
  7. Jimslawncareservice

    Jimslawncareservice LawnSite Platinum Member
    from mn
    Posts: 4,128

    I'd say deere has a better warranty
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  8. I did a little digging and the John Deere warranty is as pasted below.

    9) Z900B Series and Z900M Series ZTrak Mowers
    36 Months or 1200 Hours, Whichever Comes First
    First 24 Months, No Hour Limitation
    10) Z997, Z900A Series and Z900R Series ZTrak Mowers
    36 Months or 1500 Hours, Whichever Comes First
    First 24 Months, No Hour Limitation

    The Exmark warranty is

    Exmark Lazer Z X-Series, Lazer Z S-Series, and Vantage Turf Equipment
    3 Year Limited Commercial Warranty
    5 Year or 750 Hours Limited Consumer Warranty

    Kind of a toss up I guess and it depends on the model as well.
     
  9. Monroe'sLawnCare

    Monroe'sLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 10

    Pennington Lawn Care, I appreciate you looking that up and posting it for all of us. I agree with you, kind of a toss up.

    GreySt, I guess I would ask you to be more specific as to whether or not I think, " I have what it takes to make it." If you are asking me if I am some saavy business man who knows all the ins and outs of running a successful company, I would tell you, No, not yet.

    If your asking me as to whether I am willing to put in long days(I used to work on a farm), working weekends, going the extra mile to please my customers, and most importantly learning from other professionals who have been in the business much longer that I have, I would say Yes.
     
  10. ag2112

    ag2112 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 43

    Get ready to have a lot of old timers on here shoot you down and act like you a moron because you haven't been in the industry for 20 years.

    Other than that I can tell you I have personally ran both, and found them to be really comparable in terms of quality. Most trailers here haul Exmark, but I believe that is probably the same across the board. They are the Kleenex of the lawn care world. :usflag:
     

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