48" WB - Exmark or John Deere

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by krumbles, Mar 24, 2012.

  1. krumbles

    krumbles LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    I found an 48" Exmark Viking and a 48" John Deere 7H17. They are both in good shape, originally purchased in 2010 with less than 100 hours, and come with velke's. The JD is pistol grip and is significantly farther away, but it has a floating 7iron deck. The Viking is not a floating deck, but it has the ECS controls and is much closer. The price is about the same for both...any thoughts from the experts? I'm looking for something that I can use for hills and will last a long time.
  2. tjg184

    tjg184 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    Any luck on your decision? I am in a similar situation.
  3. krumbles

    krumbles LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    No decision yet. I am leaning towards the Exmark, but would still be interested in some opinions from anyone who has experience with both units.

    SNAPPER MAN LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    I have a 48" Viking and it is a amazing mower. My vote is for the exmark. Exmark to john deere walk behinds is like comparing a mercedes to a hyundai.
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  5. TriCountyLawn

    TriCountyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,517

    Id factor in what your parts situation is, aside from that the exmark has a great deck. And between pistol grips or ECS id keep looking for a Toro or Hustler. Best of luck to you.

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