Need advice ASAP!!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by grasssin, Mar 12, 2004.

  1. grasssin

    grasssin LawnSite Senior Member
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    Going to an repo auction tomorrow and have my heart set on a Exmark hp 44" with 20 hp kohler. This mower only has 18 hours on it. There is also a Toro with 44" with 17 hp Kawi with 11 hours. however, there is only one 52" Toro being auctioned with a large majority of mowers being 60".


    I think 60" is too much for the type yards I will be doing (residential less than 1 1/2 acres), so what is the opinions of the Exmark?

    I also think the Toro is a little underpowered with only a 17 on it, but I have not used it.... any help would be apprecaited in the decision making process..........
     
  2. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    yeah, I wouldn't even bother with thw Toro. It's just underpowered, considering you are pushing two hydro motors, too. I would certainly look into the 60's, though. Your lawns are NOT too small for a 60. I have a boatload of 1/2 acre lots I cut, and I run 60's.
     
  3. Lbilawncare

    Lbilawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    1 1/2 acres deserves a 60" deck, We run 60" decks on everything that doesn't have a gate.
     
  4. metro-hp_48

    metro-hp_48 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I would love to have a 60", and it has to be the favorite size in ZTRs in general, but you know your yards. (as long as I can turn around, I never think any size is too big...but I over compensate... don't ask...he he he)

    Since you have your heart set on the eXmark 44/20, follow your heart, and get it.
     
  5. grasssin

    grasssin LawnSite Senior Member
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    there are about 7 Exmarks 60" with either 23 or 27 hp below 100 hours on them going for auction, I will wait and see what is going to happen................


    never been to one of these before and dont know what to expect ....................
     
  6. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
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    The 17hp 44" toro does just fine.
     
  7. metro-hp_48

    metro-hp_48 LawnSite Senior Member
    from TN
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    Most seem to enjoy their's very much, of the one's I know. Would have to go with the most HP as I could (between the 23 and 27)
     
  8. thill

    thill LawnSite Member
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    I can't speak to the 60s (no experience) but do have a Toro 44 w/ Kaw 17.

    It is slightly underpowered under a VERY heavy load but does most things we want.

    We use it a lot but don't think it is particulary a good piece of equipment. BUT... if the price is right, you can do a lot of medium sized props and make money with it.

    As a point of reference, we have two SCAG Tiger Cub 48s with KAW 19. Both are far, far superior to this Toro.

    Good luck,
    Tom
     
  9. specialtylc

    specialtylc LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Dont be suprised if the prices these mowers bring at auction are about what you can buy a new one for. Thats just the way auctions are. Take a price list of what they cost new from the dealer of what you are looking to buy. Sometimes you can find a good deal.
     
  10. grasssin

    grasssin LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yeah I was wondering that because the lady at the auction told me "yeah they usually go fo less than half price" but I thought that was just to get people there............


    It is a repo auction though, so I thought it would mean that the machines would have no owners
     

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