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Encore prowler a quality mower?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by buddhacj7, Sep 24, 2004.

  1. buddhacj7

    buddhacj7 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 54

    Just wondering if Encore is a good brand of mower and is the prowler front cut
    a decent mower for cutting large commercial area/.
  2. steve122

    steve122 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 208

    I bought one 5 years ago, used it two weeks and went back to the dealer and tried to trade it for a Grasshopper. He would not make the trade, said he didn't want it sitting on his lot anymore. Needless to say, I've never bought so much as a tire plug from the guy. Shame on me for buying it without using a demo for a day. We used it for the season, hated everything about it. Still have it with a grass catcher that we bought used and mounted to it, use it only in the fall for leaves. Otherwise it sits in the shed for 11 months. I would not recommend one to anybody.
  3. Travis Followell

    Travis Followell LawnSite Silver Member
    from KY
    Messages: 2,206

    What did you not like about it?
  4. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    Some advice. You are going to get what you pay for. If you buy a low end mower like Encore, The Landscaper, Lesco, MTD or the like don't expect the same performance or longevity that you would get from a Dixie Chopper, Exmark, Scag or Hustler. There will be people who use them and have no problems. That's fine because even a beat dog gets a bone once in a while. But, when it's time to dig down deep into 7 inch tall crabgrass for 3 and 4 thousand hours those bargain machines just don't hold up.
  5. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,569

    Richard you forgot Toro in your list of good commerical mowers :)

    I don't have and have never looked at the Encore but I must say I am surprised since the owner of that company since day one is the same guy that Co-Founded Exmark.
  6. CharlieBingo

    CharlieBingo LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 400

    When I bought Exmark walkbehind's back in 1995 everyone called them Flexmark,said I was cheap and a fool for buying them and that real companies use Scag! Everything starts somewhere. I always try to keep an open mind in search of the next best thing.
  7. kc2006

    kc2006 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    Only real difference is the deck and controls. Same motor and trans as any other company (kohler, kaw or whatever with a peerless gear drive). Alot of people said lesco was junk, i demo'd one and it kicked grass and did leave killer stripes but the dealer was a fool to me so thats why i went with bob-cat (another good company :D ) As long as the deck is a good heavy duty design and has a good baffle system in it the mower would be good for a start up mower and upgrade down the road.
  8. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Messages: 3,010

    oh bs richard. I can buy two lescos for less than what an exmark costs and when the exmark is worn out junk I'll still have at least one lesco in great shape if not one new and still the other one running fine.

  9. Mark McC

    Mark McC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,565

    Where in God's name did anybody get the idea that Lesco mowers are less money than anyone else's? I am looking at their site and the MSRP for their 19/48 ZTR is more than nine grand.

    This is cheap? Don't take my word for it. Try this hyperlink.
  10. kc2006

    kc2006 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    suggested price is never asked at the dealer. suggested price on a gear drive walk behind is like 2500 i think and when i looked at a 48" it was 2100 and was given a sale price of $1850 in july because the next yeras mowers were out already.

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