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anyone using an exmark 26' inch w/bagger

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by hardcharger, Feb 26, 2006.

  1. hardcharger

    hardcharger LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    what do you think of your 26'exmark pushmower? i cant decide between snapper 21 bagger or the wider exmark . any thoughts or complaints, isthe6 horse kaw as strong as a briggs, im told the 5.5 honda sux. opinions wanted"
  2. krazyboutit

    krazyboutit LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    "what do you think of your 26'exmark pushmower? i cant decide between snapper 21 bagger or the wider exmark . any thoughts or complaints, isthe6 horse kaw as strong as a briggs, im told the 5.5 honda sux. opinions wanted"

    Funny you ask...I was at my Exmark dealer just this afternoon and noticed a Exmark 26" there on the floor next to the Honda's. I inquired as to whether the mower was for sale and the owner said that this was one of several mowers he had to refund and take back because of "nagging problems" that Exmark pushed it out to the public before the bugs had been worked out. He said most of the issues were little things like drive belt slipping, underpowered and would not even talk about selling it.
  3. FdLLawnMan

    FdLLawnMan LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,247

    Yes Exmark did make a few mistakes on the Metro 26 when it was first introduced. It mulches like crap, the drive belt does jump off once in a while, it is hard to find the right gear sometimes.
    If set correctly the belt does not slip, the engine has plenty of power when bagging, it cuts nice.
    If Exmark fixes all the things that I think are wrong I would recommend another one.

    Mike Immel
    Mike's Total Lawn Care
  4. desert rose gardening

    desert rose gardening LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 387

    I had some issues with mine when I first bought it, all fixed under warranty. I like mine and will buy another one when needed. I save about a hour and a half of time a day when I mow with it. Its a good $ maker!
  5. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    The only Exmarks i would never recommend---The 26 and the xp's. But i do think the new 26 might be better, The xp's are no longer.

    If you need a 21" look at toro. I played with one last season and liked it alot. It was not the commercial one but i did like it. It was the personal pace.
  6. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Fanatic
    from zone 6
    Messages: 6,118

  7. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,465

    I got the sales pitch at our yearly lawn sale. They have fixed all the problems, so says the salesman. A guy was doing demo in a close area and almost ran over someone because the drive was much stronger than he anticipated. I wouldn't buy one of the units until they are in the field for a couple years. The unit is a big tank, probably heavier than a 32" WB. We bought another Snapper.
  8. joed

    joed LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,198

    I bought an Exmark Metro 26" last May and boy what an irrating adventure it has been. From the time I got it, there have been so many problems. Some of them have included: a leaking engine, a rear height adjuster that would constantly pop out of place, not being able to find 3rd gear, not being able to go up small hills, poorly fitting bag that would cause grass to dump out of it and the list goes on and on. On top of it, the mower can't mulch at all. The slightest growth or anything wet and it's light out, the mower will turn it into wet, sticky clumps. The power is fine, except when mulching. I've been in contact with Exmark since last July...trying to get things resolved but all they keep doing is sending up one update over another and refusing to refund my money by sending me on merry go round from dealer to distributor to them. I understand that the 06 model has been updated but based on my experience, I would not buy a Metro 26" until it has been out for another year or so. Take a look at the Exmark/Toro 21" or the Honda 21" for a better unit. The other annoying item about the 26" is its weight. After trying to handle that thing all day, you will be tired as a dog. At 160 lbs, the unit really needs some sort of turning mechanism. If you want to upgrade to a unit larger than 21"..do yourself a favour and go get a 32" unit.
  9. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    I had the same problem but with a different mower. The problem is even tho you talk to exmark you really need to know they sold the mower to the dis and thay sold it to the dealer the dealer sold it to you.

    My dealer at the end bought the mower back from me and kept it, i bought another exmark mower and been happy ever since. What you need to do is get a different dealer who will support you like my dealer did.

  10. newz7151

    newz7151 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Tejas
    Messages: 2,419

    2006 Metro 26 Line-Up Changes & Enhancements
    –Revised cable and drive bail design improves drive engagement and maximizes cable reliability and life.

    –Improved speed shifting - Smoother drive engagement.

    –Improved belt guide durability and performance ensures proper belt
    alignment, belt life and improves clutching and declutching of drive system.

    –Improved durability and performance of front and rear height adjustment systems.

    –Change to dryer wrapped deck and drive belts for more reliable engagement.

    –Revised fuel tank mounting bracket more compensates for tank expansion.

    –Improved mulching performance.

    –Improved bag frame fit-up that eliminates blow out around the frame

    –Improved gas cap sealing to eliminate gas leakage.

    –Improved discharge door clearance provides better sealing or door to engine deck.

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