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Toro 36" hydro. I'm pretty sure. What would you do?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by sildoc, Jan 10, 2004.

  1. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,925

    Ok, again as you all know I have been the market for a 36" mower. Well today the toro dealer finally made my mind up, I think that is. They offered me the 36" hydro fixed deck with mulch kit for 3600.00 that is about maybe 50 over there costs. Any ways my other options are the exmark tthp 36" 04 for 4100 and a husqvarn 42" hydro floating deck for 4000.00. Neither the exmark and husky price include the mulch kit.
    Would you all stay with the toro 36 proline or would you spend the extra on the exmark of the husky?
  2. Fareway Lawncare

    Fareway Lawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    from Canada
    Posts: 2,222

    The main problem I have w/my Toro hydro's is the T-Bar control is not condusive to independent wheel control on zero turns which can lead to more 3 point turns & divoting on z turns.
  3. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,925

    Sorry i did not mention that the toro was pistol grip. Thank you for your input.
  4. newmanfan

    newmanfan LawnSite Member
    Posts: 56

    I am a dealer, so I may be biased. But we also carry other lines too.

    The Toro fixed deck with pistol grip is a fine mower. Offers good quality of cut, and bagging. The NW is not conducive for mulching commercially. My biggest customers has one with the Kawasaki engine. Several hours on unit, and no problems. Just regular service.

    The Kohler engine is good, but many guys don't like the sound of the hydraulic valve lifters.

    Sounds like you are getting a good mower, with a great deal.
  5. bayfish

    bayfish LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 641

    I have 2 Toro hydro w/b's and have had very good service from them. :waving:
  6. proenterprises

    proenterprises LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,297

    i have seldom used toro mowers but a few times. i woudl for sure go with the pistol grip model...i used a t bar once and absolutley hated it. maybe it is just a preference, but i would not buy a t bar machine ever.

    good luck.
  7. Rick Jones

    Rick Jones LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Posts: 427

    Is that like some sort of a clattering sound at low to mid throttle? I've got a Toro Hydro 36" w/ the 15 horse Kohler and it makes a sound I don't really like at about mid-throttle.
  8. TRex

    TRex LawnSite Senior Member
    from DFW ,TX
    Posts: 487

    I would go for the Exmark TTHP with the floating deck. The ease of taking the deck off and changing blades is the greatest.
  9. energy

    energy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 159

    newmanfan, you are a dealer? how much are the actual invoice on those mowers? Im sure they are a lot cheaper than what sildoc is saying. sildoc, fix deck is just fine if you dont mind changing the spacers once in a while to do various type grasses. we usually have only two types here, bahia and st augustine. i do all the st augustine's first then bahia so i only change the spacers once a day on my Stander. Fixed deck gives a better cut when it comes to turns. i used to notice a little scalping with my ZTR adjustable deck when i made turns. just keep all tires inflated evenly and you will have no problems, especially on a 36". dealers always tell you it is only blah blah amount over their cost, but that is their sales pitch. slap $3400 cash on the counter tell him that is all you have, take it or leave it and throw in the tax too. I bet you will be surprised with the outcome.
  10. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,925

    There is no tax in Oregon. I have a list of what the exmark 36 cost the dealer here and I know that it is 3695 for the 36 tthp and that includes the shipping to their door. so for the toro fixed I figure that with shipping I am guessing 3500 was about right in 2002. Mind you this is with the mulch kit. I don't mind the dealer making a little other wise he wont be around for long. Any ways The west coast is more expensive to live in than that we see of the east coast and mid west. Don't get me wrong there are places like New York city and Jersey and such that cost to live in but per capita no comparison.

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