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Cub Cadet vs. Exmark

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by mfdbrian73, Aug 13, 2006.

  1. mfdbrian73

    mfdbrian73 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    I mow 3.5 acres of grass at my residence. It is a combination of Bahai, and St. Augustine. I have narrowed my choice to two ztr's. Please provide advise on these two choices. First one is a Cub Cadet M50-KHS Tank. This unit is priced at $5000.00. The second is an Exmark Lazer HP with the 19 HP Kaw. engine and 46" cut, priced at $6000.00. I don't mind spending the extra money for the Exmark if it is the better choice of the two. Thank you in advance.
  2. LarryF

    LarryF LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,171

    I picked the Exmark Lazer HP 5 years ago and never regretted it. Mine's a little bigger (52" and 23HP Kawasaki), but that's probably not too significant. Cub Cadet is an MTD product, and my experience with that company is limited to a log splitter I bought at HD. It hasn't been very good; in fact it has been terrible, so from now on I will shun anything made by MTD.

    Good luck!
  3. J.Gordon

    J.Gordon LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 674

    I have read a lot of post from people having exceptional results with Lesco/Cub product.
    A search should give you plenty of reading, you just need to be able to sift out the mine’s better than yours dribble.

    I will definitely check the Cub out for my next purchase.
  4. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,246

    We have run cub tanks for a few years and love them. total fleet is 2 60"s and a 72". Plus 2 W/B's:cool2:
  5. Nosmo

    Nosmo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,216

    That Cub Cadet model you have asked about is not a commercial unit. It is somewhat of an inbetween type that is a step up from the Z Force homeowner model and beneath the true tanks. That model also has a stamped deck.

    Between the two I'd go with the X Mark. I am a Tank owner and I like my M-54 Commercial.

  6. fulano

    fulano LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 319

    My john deere has a stamped deck and it cuts good. What's wrong with a stamped deck
  7. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    does the exmark have the triton deck on it??
  8. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,246

    If you mow a lot of lawns you will destroy it in no time. Plus the cut is not as good.
  9. newz7151

    newz7151 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Tejas
    Messages: 2,419

    Well, I guess that could depend on if the deck is 7 gauge stamped steel or the homeowner crap ?
  10. fulano

    fulano LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 319

    The cut on my john deere is IMO better than my 52" tt exmark and 36" tthp exmark. I think the stamped 7 iron deck is also thicker than the exmark decks. I haven't read about people destroying these decks but it could happen.

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