Bob cat vs exmark vs ferris vs toro

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by mowerdude777, Sep 6, 2009.


What is best for me

  1. Toro

    10 vote(s)
  2. Exmark

    24 vote(s)
  3. bobcat

    29 vote(s)
  4. Ferris

    16 vote(s)
  1. mowerdude777

    mowerdude777 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,735

    I know I allready posted a 21 survy thread but I may get a 36 next year instead( have a fewq part timers with huge backyards as well as 2 regs, well my exmark dealer has metro 32s $2,800 my bobcat dealer has bobcat 36s $2,200 IDK the ferris prices. I have had my ferris since 2007, I am the 4th owner(it is 20 years old and leeks oil so it is time for a upgrade) I am pleased with it, I love my exmark metro hp had since march, but I like the bob cats a lot, The toro 32s are 2500 ( I have used toro 21s and love em) so what is best
  2. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    I can't tell you a whole lot about the ferris mowers as I know hardly anything about them. But the others I do have a litte experience with. I can tell you that having a floating deck is very nice since you can change deck heights so easily. I believe that exmark and bob-cat don't have that option in a gear drive mower (bob-cat doesn't have it on any of their wb's). But toro offers a floating deck gear drive mower and it shouldn't be too much more than the ones your looking at. So my vote goes to toro.
  3. TomberLawn

    TomberLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,299

    I would go for the Ferris. The HydroCut has some pretty cool controls and has a quick adjust deck. I think they are in the $3000 range, maybe a couple hundred $ more or less. For the money, it's a great mower. I really love my ComfortControl DD.
  4. LR3

    LR3 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 722

    I am a big fan of Ferris. If you currently own a 20 year old working Ferris, I would say that would be the brand of mower to go with.
  5. demhustler

    demhustler LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,322

    we had exmark metro 36'' belt, ecs hanlebars - worst handling mower ever - ger red of it; handles much worse than exmark 48'' (pistol)
  6. demhustler

    demhustler LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,322

    we have Billygoat 33'' gear - ok
    problem with gear drive - differential doesn't let you go on slopes sideways - upper (unloaded, w/o traction) wheel will spin, while lower, loaded - stayes still
    does anyone makes differential lock or limited slip diff (or aplyes separate brake on spinning wheal or other solution) in such gear-drive small mowers?
  7. demhustler

    demhustler LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,322

    p.s. this is ridiculous - simple freewheeling like on push(or any bicycle ) or diffr.lock on such small mowers would solve the problem...)
  8. fastbs

    fastbs LawnSite Member
    Messages: 111

    i voted bobcat but if there are good dealers in your for Ferris and Bobcat it would be a toss of the coin choice for me. Exmark & toro make great products but both seem to be a bit more proud of their products here lately than i am.
  9. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,095

    Exmark, Toro or Bobcat. I like the ECS controls of the Exmark units. Toro mowers are good too as are the bobcats. The only things I don't like about the bobcat walk behind mowers are 1. the electric blade clutch and 2. the fact that they no longer offer a floating deck option.
  10. cwc257

    cwc257 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    Ive ran all of the above. I prefer bobcat. The toro's i have ran dont have a welded deck that i remember, which means that it was stamped and probably weaker. And i thought they balled the grass up real bad when mowing wet tall grass (spring time), so i dont recommend a toro. As for exmark, they seem to be a pretty good mower brand. I think the ecs handles do suck. I have ran only a few ferris and they seemed to cut fairly well too. With the bobcat you can get the z controls or pistol grip. The z controls are very comfortable to mow with all day.

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