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Toro vs Exmark 36" Belt Drive WB

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bjack312, Jun 18, 2010.

  1. bjack312

    bjack312 LawnSite Member
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    My trusty 21" mower is finally coming to the end of it's useful life, and have decided that the replacement will be a 36" walk behind.

    I have demoed the 36" Exmark, and my impression is that it is an excellent machine. Local Toro dealer does not have the 36" in stock, but can order.

    I know Toro and Exmark as companies are related, the question that I have is there any major difference in the Exmark and Toro machine (other than t-bar vs pistol grip)? I would much rather purchase from the Toro dealer, because I know that the support will be better down the road.

    95% of what I mow is well maintained bermuda, and the will be running a mulching kit most of the time.

    Any comments or suggestion would be greatly appreciated.
  2. 1984buzzard

    1984buzzard LawnSite Member
    Posts: 32

    I really like the t-bar on the toro, but the new turbo force decks have made me switch to exmark. because of the angle on my trailer ramp, I have to pop a wheelie to load my walk behinds without hanging the deck. the turbo force decks are so heavy that i can put my entire weight on the handles (feet off the ground) and I still can't pick up the front of the mower. I have an exmark and a toro 36'' walkbehind, both have toro mulch kits and blades on them and I really like the quality of cut on both
  3. All_Toro_4ME

    All_Toro_4ME LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,578

    The decks are different. Pistol grips can be painful after a full days worth of mowing unless you're use to it.
  4. 1984buzzard

    1984buzzard LawnSite Member
    Posts: 32

    if your going to get the exmark, get the ECS controls, they are more comfortable than pistol grips. some say less effort to use than t-bar
    My toro is a 2004 model, which came with the same deck as exmark has

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