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encore prowler

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by danlawnser, Feb 7, 2001.

  1. danlawnser

    danlawnser LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 258

    Are they any good? does anyone have one?
  2. teamII

    teamII LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    i have a 61 with a 22 lckaw, this is one fast mower ,but the blades need to be extra sharp, i can get by with dull blades on my scag but something up with this mowers deck or something i change blades everynite. but all the guys talk about blade tip speed this mower sounds like a helicopter. i have had it two years and no trouble, the deck is what i consider the best on the market and ive had them all. also i think its one of the fastest machines out there but for some reason they arent many dealers. the downfall is the weight this machine is so heavy duty that i cant use it on real tight yards,,,,,so if you do commerical i would suggest this machine. if you do residential go with emark
  3. lakegastonla

    lakegastonla LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 296

    I've seen them, and they are nice mowers. They are also overpriced(as ZTR's go) though. Kind of ironic, given the fact they are considered to be a budget-brand of commercial machines. I would definately look elsewhere, as dealers are few and far between. This also means parts would be hard to fnd.
  4. yardsmith

    yardsmith LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 628

    I think you may get better luck with buying a slightly used Bobcat or Exmark. Encore are a little on the primitive side as far as operator comforts, contros, etc. The Bobcat & Exmark will also hold a hill better, if you have any on your route. I demo'ed an Encore & swore I was going to tip it over on a 5 degree grade.
    Best example I could give is It's like buying a new cavalier vs. a good used Town car or Park Ave.
    You get what you pay for.
  5. danlawnser

    danlawnser LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 258

    thanks for all the replies. I have been looking between that mower and a Great Dane Chariot. I have a Dane walkbehind for now and I should be alright for awhile. The best thing to do would be to demo them both.

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