Need your opinion Before I purchase Two machine

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MadLawn, Jan 26, 2002.

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WHich is best U turn machine for large yard

  1. eXmark™

    31 vote(s)
    54.4%
  2. Gravely ™

    13 vote(s)
    22.8%
  3. Scag™

    13 vote(s)
    22.8%
  1. brentsawyer

    brentsawyer LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 663

    Who gives a s___, unless you mow flat out at all times and want to lay the grass down in the yard. I mow about 2/3 speed with all my Scag and Lesco mowers and sharpen my blades daily and that is max speed I can do, so I really could care less if my mowers goes 20mph, I won't use it. You don't buy your trucks like this I hope, test driving a full size at 100+mph down the highway sounds a little ridiculous to me and making a purchase decision on these grounds is stUUUUUUUUUpid. So don't base your mower purchasing on topped out speed.
     
  2. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,555

    Top speed isnt the most important issue with a mower,but I do consider it to be important.If the mower can cut clean at top speed,and you have smooth enough ground,then I say use it.I can mow at 6-8 mph with my Dixie,and leave a perfect cut,I mow next to a guy with 48"wb's that is mowing at about 4-5 mph,and mine is cutting,and striping better.i dont know if it is because his blades are dull,or the deck is plugged,I dont know,and i dont care all i know is i can finish my 5 acre job in the same tim it takes him to do his 2 acre job,and mine looks better while mowing twice his speed.This translates into me making twice the money per hr he is,and having the job turn out better.Speed is good,id the mower can cut cleanly at the higher speed.I sharpen my blades,every 4-6 cutting hrs,so this helps too,most guys around here sharpen them ecery 2 weeks ,need it or not,LOL.
     
  3. King City Lawns

    King City Lawns LawnSite Member
    Posts: 43

    I agree with John on this one. I have an account that is around 16 acres wide open ground for the most part. There are some trees, maybe 15. all are within 20 yards of each other. I would not trade my 725 grasshopper for any mower out there on this job. The speed is very helpful on large jobs of this nature. My grasshopper has no problem with quality at top speed on accounts that are always mowed regularly. So speed with quality canbe a very good thing.
     
  4. Gary LA

    Gary LA LawnSite Member
    from B.S.Mo.
    Posts: 40

    I've seen x-marks and frankly I am not in the least bit impressed.
    If I used there brand ,I would never get done with my work.
    A kaw FC540V single cylinder has a very large bore.
    Very easy To make run full speeds+you adjust you hydros out a bit and watch your ars go!
    I have to replace my engines frequently anyway I consider them to be a 2yr max life and then bury it in the back fourty!

    It can be alittle rough on the legs for me(I always stand)but thats ok I can deal with it . the accessability with w/b is unsurpassed.
    I don't have to slow down for much of anything that gets in my way.

    Any body interested in 500lbs of used blades?:cool:
     
  5. Gary LA

    Gary LA LawnSite Member
    from B.S.Mo.
    Posts: 40

    I don't know how to scan pics or anything like that or I would show yous guys some of my high speed high quality stripe'n and the equip. that does it.

    I think we were supposed to be helping with a question?

    Scags are ok real durable.
    I watched one fall off the back of a trailer moving at about 50mph,it flip flopped bent the grips but still ranand still is running.
     
  6. cajuncutter

    cajuncutter LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 626

    Take the blades to your local metal salvage yard..you might get enough to buy a new set to start your next collection:D
     
  7. Dude you can't be too far from me. I would love to see this.

    The FC540V isn't that the single cyclinder 17hp engine Kaw made? Formerly known as "No guts No glory".

    Like I said I would love to see this.

    We use the Speed of the mowers any where and every where it can be done

    All the anwers are there; FORD vrs Chevy vrs Dodge. Personal prefferance.
     
  8. Gary LA

    Gary LA LawnSite Member
    from B.S.Mo.
    Posts: 40

    The FC540V is a single cylinder 18horse.
    Man how long you been in business 2yrs maybe 3?
    I seen your pics It looks like your equipment has never left the trailer.
    I really don't think you know the first thing about doing your own repair work, it would ruin you warranties on all that nice new stuff you got there!
    I have never heard the "no guts no glory" qoute except on maybe a John wayne movie or two.

    The question was about mowers,not your Fix Or Repair Daily preferences.
     
  9. I keep my equipment in tip top shape.

    I'll have to leave the rest alone.
     
  10. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    I have no idea what pics your referring to, but they are not the same ones I've seen.


    Your talking about someone else not knowing about maintenance and your only getting 2 yrs out of your motors?

    Since you can't seem to get more than 2 years from a motor, you opinion on eXmarks is useless.
     

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