Encore 48" or 52"

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bruces, Jun 26, 2001.

  1. bruces

    bruces LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 648

    I'm looking at buying first ZTR. Can get a 48" Encore w/ 19 Kaw for 4750 or 52" for 5,000. Does anyone have any experience with these mowers? They seem to be 1,000 to 1,500 under Exmark, etc.

  2. Scraper

    Scraper LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,656

    No experience with Encore, but for the extra $250 get the extra 4" of cut (and probably a larger engine)...you'll be glad you did.
  3. scottb

    scottb LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 408

    Dont know about Encore but I bought a 48" Toro and really like it but I think I now would buy the 52". In fact my next mower will be a 52" just not sure wether it will be belt or hydro.
  4. Scraper

    Scraper LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,656

    Well Scott as a hydro user myself...if you are dealing with hills and wet conditions nothing beats a hydro. I believe it is an extra $1000 well spent upgrading to a hydro drive unit.
  5. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,662

    I know that this issue has been talked about before in depth. I am a firm believer as is Glen that with the Hydrostatic units you can continue to mow under adverse weather conditions when the others either have to return toi the shop or cannot effectively start until much later in the am.

    This week has been a prime example for us here. The fog has set in during the nighttime hours, and hasnt let the sun break in until well after 9am.

    For those with belts they are mostly blowing clumps of wet grass all about the properties or having to kreep along with baggers, and the lawns look poorly. We and others who have the hydros are able to maintain productivity even under these conditions.

    Its hydros for us ALL the way.
  6. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    Forget the encores. You will wish you spent the extra money and got something better. I have 1 encore that has been made a backup. Its only a year and a half old. You get what you pay for, and I would suggest you pay for something else.
  7. slabpile

    slabpile LawnSite Member
    Messages: 72

    I agree with hoss. I looked them over well this yeartalked to a few people and found it to be unreliable. i went with a toro. spend the extra and get QUALITY.
  8. bruces

    bruces LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 648

    Thanks for the info - I'll keep looking.
  9. dmk395

    dmk395 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ma
    Messages: 1,006

    It will be worth the extra 1000 in the long run on a different machine. A friend of mine has 2 Encores, they break so often they often are relegated to large lawn ornaments.
  10. EJK2352

    EJK2352 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,150

    Encores are JUNK !!! Do yourself a favor and spend a little more on
    an Exmark. Friend of mine bought an Encore Z48 and it was worn out
    after 2 seasons. He's running Exmarks now and his oldest is a 3 yr.
    old 48 Lazer HP. His guys are rough on equipment and his Exmarks are
    holding up well. Run!!!! don't walk away from Encore!!!!! Down the
    road you'll be glad you did. ED

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