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Encore mowers


LawnSite Senior Member
Portsmouth, VA
I have a 36" WB that has been a good machine, but it will be 6 next June and I'll probably retire it. Every mfg has had nasty things posted here, but Encore seems to be a unanimous "unfavorite." I got it because it was cheaper than the competition, but that is no longer the case. If I get another WB, I'm leaning toward the Exmark or the Snapper. I don't see much difference from mfg to mfg.


LawnSite Fanatic
Memphis, TN
I've got a 48" hydro wb. It's a fair machine. I think its a decent machine for a lower grade hydro (my opinion). I have put 2 sets of spindle bearings in it this year already. No matter what I do, they still don't last. The OPC switch on the speed control is a poor design. Finally got tired of that $10 piece breaking every 30 hrs and put a toggle switch in it.

It's a mower I will keep as a back up and use it for very bad clean up (junk yards). Kinda like a bushhog!!



LawnSite Bronze Member
Southern, Maine
Go with either Exmark with floating deck or try the Toro full floating deck with the T-Bar stearing we have a toro and love it. The best thing with Exmark and Toro you buy one now!!! for 0 down 0 payments till April 2001 and 0 intrest till April good deal