Toro vs. Exmark - Fixed vs. Floating

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by triadncman, Apr 12, 2004.

  1. triadncman

    triadncman LawnSite Member
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    For a few years now I have been hearing people say that the toro and exmark are basically the same design except that the Exmark had a superior deck compared to Toros stamped deck. True, I would have to agree. It now seems that toro is using the same fabricated deck on the Fixed deck proline W/B's as exmark uses on its fixed Metros, Is this true?? If so , is the exmark still gonna make a superior cut compared to the toro? Also is there anyone out there that can make a case for a fixed deck?? I have used nothing but floating decks up until now, but the dealer tells me that fixed decks are pretty popular out there, and if I can still get the job done and save that $1000 I certainly would like to. If im gonna be scalping all my lawns then I dont want it. Almost every lawn i mow has some sort of dip or hill or mound in it.
     
  2. triadncman

    triadncman LawnSite Member
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    anyone have an opinion?
     
  3. ztoro

    ztoro LawnSite Senior Member
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    if you have mounds, dips and anything more than gentle hills I would keep with the floating decks. as far as I remember the toro fixed decks were always welded similar to the exmarks.. the floating decks where stamped.... unless you are looking at a z-500 series I would stay with the exmark walk behinds... I dont think they offer the t-bar in the hydro units, do they? The ecs controls are very nice, just picked up a 52TTHP. I love it.....
     
  4. BigEd

    BigEd LawnSite Senior Member
    from MD
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    No. they are welded fabricated decks

    and
    The T-bar ia available on hydro units

    here ya go

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  5. ztoro

    ztoro LawnSite Senior Member
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    I thought the t-bar/hydro was only available on the proline classic..... not all models of the proline?

    as for the decks is some of it at least stamped? from what I remember the trim side was molded, not all of the deck is welded?
     
  6. BW4486

    BW4486 LawnSite Member
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    Toro owns exmark they are the same basic design but the toro's are a little diferent e.i. ( Deck discarge adjustable baffle and better built frame
     
  7. yz250fpilot

    yz250fpilot LawnSite Member
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    I have a 36" (welded) fixed deck Toro that I purchased this year. I got the pistol grip hydro and absolutely love it. I have had no problems with scalping so far and have used it on quite a few properties that had dips, bumps, etc. The 36 has given me no visible scalping as of yet on anything I have mowed. I personally would not waste the extra cash on a floating deck this small. However, everyone is entitled to thier own opinion. :)
     
  8. shorty7616

    shorty7616 LawnSite Member
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    I have a 36" Exmark Metro fixed deck and have been very pleased with it. Very little scalping, if any. Maybe if it were a larger deck I would have gone with a floating
     
  9. triadncman

    triadncman LawnSite Member
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    I would be purchasing a 48" deck.
     
  10. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
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    I have a scag 48 '' inch fixed deck and im about 90 miles north of you. Knowing how the land lays, I would definately get the floating deck. My scag sits in the building alot more than on the trailer because of scalping
     

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