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Metro or Viking?

Discussion in 'eXmark' started by aedanmac, Feb 3, 2006.

  1. aedanmac

    aedanmac LawnSite Member
    Posts: 2

    I am debating between a Metro 36" or Viking 36". I was wondering how different the gear drive is from the hydro drive. I could use any advice that is given as this is my first commercial mower. Thanks for the help.
  2. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,096

    What's your budget? You can probably get a metro for around $2500 or so. But if you want the hydro drive system, you'll be adding about a $1,000 to the price. How many yards will it be used on and how big are those yards?
  3. justanotherlawnguy

    justanotherlawnguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,251

    Get the Viking, you will not be sorry.... The belt drive is a PITA, do what ever you can to come up with the extra cash to pay for it.
  4. aedanmac

    aedanmac LawnSite Member
    Posts: 2

    I'll be doing around 10 lawns and the yards are around 1/4 to 1/2 and acre and my budget is flexible in terms of whether or not i get the Metro or Viking. My dealer is trying to steer me towards the Metro but I'm not sure.

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,981

    I own both mowers...the Metro is a good machine, but, with the Viking you get instant reverse, zero turn capability, and the speed is infinitely adjustable up to 6 or so mph. The Viking also comes with a higher horsepower engine as standard vs. the Metro. That makes a nice difference on the denser lawns. If price is not an issue I'd go with the Viking.

    BENTLEY'S LawnSite Member
    Posts: 55

    What an easy choice. Viking! Viking! Viking! It was my first mower. The hydro makes all the difference in the world!

  7. Scag413

    Scag413 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,283

    I would definitely save your money and buy the Viking!
  8. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,940

    It's more than a thousand more for a Viking.

    And they HP is unfortunately the same (15hp) for both the Viking and the Metro.

    If they offered the 17 or 19 I would have bought one a few years ago.

    You have to determine how much you want to spend. If all your cutting is open lawn with little to no backing up, a Metro will suit you just fine. It's when you get into hilly and highly landscaped lawns that the Viking's hydro will really shine. Reverse is nice, but if your of decent size, a little muscle pulls a Metro backwards just fine.

    Figure $2500 for a Metro and at least $4500 for a Viking.

    EDIT: Sorry, saw you were talking about 36" machines. I was thinking 48" machines. Prices will be different. All else holds true.

    Remember, 36" machines are quite a bit longer than a 48" machine!
  9. slplow

    slplow LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 354

    For the size lawns you are taking on.I would go for a 48'' viking. Unless they were gated lawns.
  10. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,177

    Coming from a metro owner. GET A VIKING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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