Should I get the eXmark Metro?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by EagleLandscape, Nov 1, 2003.

  1. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Posts: 4,347

    Ok, I need to buy a 32" mower. The only 32" eXmark makes is the Metro, which is just a fixed deck. The smallest floating deck eXmark makes is a 36"- Metro HP. I need to have a 32" because a 36" won't fit through my customer's gates.
    Toro makes a T-Bar floating 32" though. But I wanted to keep the same brand mowers (just to make it easier on me).

    So what should I do? My dealer does eXmarks, but can order Toro's.

    Also I saw that eXmark makes a 21" mower. But the gas tank is only like 1.6quarts. That's sooooo small! The toro's have 1gallon tanks! Did I read that right? does eXmark make any 2cycle 21" mowers? Thanks guys.
     
  2. PRO PROPERTY CARE

    PRO PROPERTY CARE LawnSite Member
    Posts: 198

    I have the 36" metro. I love it. its a work horse...
    I havent found a gate yet it doesn t fit through....
    :D
     
  3. Tvov

    Tvov LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Posts: 1,157

    We have a 48" Metro, at least 7yrs old, runs fine. Good machines.
     
  4. Florida 5 Star

    Florida 5 Star LawnSite Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 92

    I recently purchased a 32” metro for $1800+tax and I must say its is a great little mower. However I shout have held out for the Viking I know it costs more but the advantage that the hydro drives have over belt drives is a big difference. You get larger rear tires a real reverse , the fact that it’s a fixed deck is rather insignificant when you are dealing with a small deck I haven’t scalped any thing yet. And the deck is real easy to adjust either way they are great mowers.
     
  5. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Posts: 4,347

    again, what would be the price difference between a 32" belt and a 32" hydro? I could feel kinda dumb buying a 32" hydro though. Kinda like putting a turbocharger on a chevy nova. :-\
     
  6. TRex

    TRex LawnSite Senior Member
    from DFW ,TX
    Posts: 487

    jwing check this page out http://www.powerzoneinc.com/exmark-pr.htm and save it to favorites for refference. I thought I might of hed to get a 32", but I figured that the back yards that I could not get my 36" in I would just use the 21". Use that page just to see the price differance between mowers. I am sorry it doesn't have a 32" on it but I don't think there is anything wrong with toro. And I don't know how I could like with out the floating deck on my metro. I can cut bermuda at 1.5" and cut st.aug on the next lawn at 3.5" by only taking 10 seconds to adjust. Also it is a wonderfull thing to be able to pull four pins, take off the deck hood, and release the blade belt and have deck come right out for service. This is so easy compaired to a fixed deck having to try and tip the mower back and lay under it to clean or get to the blades.
     
  7. MTR

    MTR LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 1,280

    I have a 36" belt Metro, make not mistake, the machine is a true workhorse, loving it for what it does. That 32" deck is under 2k if that is your budget then get it and don't forget a sulky to fully use the 3rd, 4th, and 5th gear without pulling your guts out by chasing it! The 12.5 kawi on that 32" deck is a veteran engine which never quits!
    If you have dollars (if you have) more I suggest getting the 36" TTHP with 15 twin kawi, it is the best WB in the market. period. Coupled with the 2- mode Bullrider and you got yourself an all- around 36" Lazer.
    Hills, slopes, gates, tight lawns, tall and wet grass, that 36" TTHP does it all, besides being fast and quickly in and out, and of course "cut" incredibly nicer than the bigger 48" deck cause it discaharges faster from the 2 chambers and "not" under powered like 15 or 17HP on 48" and 52" decks. It is about $4400-$4500 new.
     
  8. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Posts: 4,347

    mtr, thank you! That was great advice, I'm gonna go with what you said and get the 32" belt for now. And then if needed, I'll get a bigger one a month or two later.
     
  9. gramps

    gramps LawnSite Member
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    Think it over good. do you really want a 32. I've got 36 metro ecs and 48. both great. unless you have a lot of small gates use a 21 and get the 36. Check the price differance:D
     
  10. joed

    joed LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,157

    You may want to also look at the Ferris 32" hydro. I don't think it is that much more expensive than the Metro and the hydro's instant forward and reverse is wonderful to use. Just a thought.
     

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