Triton vs.Ultracut

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bas122286, Feb 11, 2008.

  1. bas122286

    bas122286 LawnSite Member
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    Whats the difference?

    Brian
     
  2. blind04

    blind04 LawnSite Member
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    this subject has been done to death on here. but it sounds like you just want to know the difference between the two. the ultracut deck has been used by exmark for about 5 years or so. i has stationary baffles and very very hight blade tip speed, 18,550 rpms. the triton is exmarks new deck that has adjustable baffles and a much lower blade tip speed. they went to this new deck becouse they wanted to slow the blade speed down so they didnt have to replace so many deck spindals to lower there warranty cost. unfortunately the triton deck dosnt cut anywhere near as good as the ultracut decks. this is my theory really and not a stone cold fact. i have owned many many exmarks in the last 7 years and love the ultracut deck and dont mind replacing spindals every 6-8 hundred hours or so. but i have used a couple different tritons set up specifically by dealer and exmark rep and found them to not cut any where near as good as the ultracut.
     
  3. jtkplc

    jtkplc LawnSite Silver Member
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    The 2006 Triton decks had lower blade tip speed, ~16,000 if I remember correctly. During that year, once complaints starting coming in, they offered a speed-up kit. The 2007 and 2008 decks have the same blade tip speed as the Ultracut. I've found the Triton to be far superior of a deck than the Ultracut.
     
  4. CuttinUP

    CuttinUP LawnSite Senior Member
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    The dealer told me the other day that the 08 Triton deck is basically an Ultra Cut on the under side with the adjustable front baffle and the adjustable discharge and a half inch deeper.
     
  5. lazer 46

    lazer 46 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'm selling my ultracut which was my backup last year and getting another Triton. I will have than have two Tritons. Once the speed up kit was installed in mine I found the cut the same as the ultracut. And the fact that the discharge chute can be opened wide makes cutting wet grass a lot easier and it does a better job.
     
  6. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Your dealer is badly mistaken.... The Triton is a whole new deck that in theory is supposed to cut taller, thicker, wetter grass and leave a better cut. It was plagued by problems the first couple of years but Exmark has made modifications/fixes. It is deeper and they have raised the tip speed to match the Ultra cut. You will just have to demo one to see which you like best. Some love the Triton, but in polls I've seen the Ultra Cut is usually a favored. Usually by almost 2 to 1. There are more complaints on the Triton than any other deck except maybe the Hustler XR-7. You be the judge. Here are some forums to check out.

    http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=192026&highlight=triton+ultra

    http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=204076&highlight=triton+ultra

    http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=205112&highlight=triton+ultra

    http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=186532&highlight=triton+ultra

    http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=213857&highlight=triton+poll
     
  7. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
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    Dealers will tell you anything to sell a mower......
     
  8. delphied

    delphied LawnSite Silver Member
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    I find it hard to argue with Tacoma on any of his posts. I will say that I think the reason that there are more complaints on the Triton is because there are so many Exmarks in the field compared to other brands. Then after all the praise for the Ultra cut deck, you can get a whole bunch of guys saying the Tri vantage was better than the Ultra cut. The Tri vantage is now nearly an antique in the mower world. If you want to see some complaints about a decks cut, just start a thread on the Wright Standers. No matter what the subject is on the Wrights, it nearly always turns to what blades or mods get the best cut. Its funny!
     
  9. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yea, there are complaints about the Ultra cut also. Scraping the deck and it's not the best in wet grass. John Gamba says it doesn't do well with weeds where he lives. So I guess you just have to demo. I'm not anti Triton, I'm just like everyone else. Some of the negative post scare me a bit. I'm a big Exmark fan.
     
  10. greengiant9963

    greengiant9963 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have had great results with cut quality from the Ultra Cut and the Trivantage. But had alot of clogging problems with wet grass. Other than that I think exmark puts out a great mower.
     

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