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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by kenneth.clark, Jun 15, 2006.

  1. kenneth.clark

    kenneth.clark LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    ok I have a 52 exmark hp 20hp my first commercial mowing machine. I did do my homework before buying plus I had a friend that recommended this brand after years of cemetary mowing and all models to choose from without any out of pocket expense to him so I had to go with what he recommended.
    I have been very pleased with it's performance with a few exceptions. I purchased it from a place that did not even know customer satisifaction so I switched dealers for my second year of warranty. My first year I did not run the micromulch and this year I have. It is amazing the finished product which has amazed all my customers. However I have had to in the spring mow 1/2 the deck capacity one because of quality went from good to exceptional and I demand exceptional. I also had to slow down a bit it did bog down the motor.
    My seat just broke and was welded for a fix which I am not sure I agree with I have the cheap model seat without springs (if you are buying I recommend only the best seat.
    my light bulbs only last about 5 days I think because I mow so much with the rops down and the vibration still poor design. I have started removing the bulbs when not needed for night mowing and put in the glove box of vehicle.
    I am asking those of you who went to the 60 with larger motor if it is enough. I really like the 52" due to entrance size of some back yards. I also am doing some cemetarys this year ya I said I would never do that lol I had to take some on to pay off equipment so I can keep one under warranty at all times. I also live where service is very hard to be happy with. What I really want is a 52" hp with a 29 horse dfi with the better seat etc. since the mule design takes 13-15 % of the horsepower to drive the machine.
    After reading some posts I am now very concerned with the "new" equipment. I have already been told the 27 kohler is enough engine and it probably is but after this year with gas prices I really want a dfi. I drain my two 10 gal tanks befor the day is over and it is a real pain to refuel one hour before finishing sometines causing me to drive 15 miles for fuel. I also would definitly test a triton deck before I buy again but my problem is I know on the second purchase what I need and want but of course they do not offer that and they tell me no one needs that well I can tell the company has a few people with power that also have very big ego's. I also have a skagg dealer close but never heard of hustler. I am requesting any of you with a 60"29hp or 35hp that upgraded to please tell me what is wron with the model if anything.
  2. PR Fect

    PR Fect LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,076

    We run an 52" Toro with a 23 hp Kohler. It was the "big" engine option when we got it 5 years ago. Very glad I did not get the 20 hp that was standard on a 52" machine. We no longer mulch with that machine, but we do run dubbles when not doing fall clean up with the dfs bagger. I could see running a few more hps but 29? that may be over kill. I would always get the bigger engine option. Buy a gas can. PR
  3. Audrey

    Audrey LawnSite Senior Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 570

    Similar to PR Fect, I have a 2001 Scag 52" with a 23 hp Kohler. A 25hp was available at the time, and like a dope, I didn't take it. This machine is underpowered in anything other than perfect conditions. Thick damp grass? Forget it!

    In addition to that machine, I now have a 61" 35hp Tiger. It's got power to spare. No regrets as of yet. This thing absolutely flies! I can't wait until next spring's torture test this machine will have to endure! :laugh: If I can find it or create it, I will attempt to cut it! I want to know how much is too much. I haven't found it yet. What does it take to bog this motor?
    Nothing wrong with this model other than sloppy dealer set up.

    I also agree, buy another gas can!

  4. kenneth.clark

    kenneth.clark LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Thank you exmark now has a 27hp koh with a 50/or/56 in deck I am sure it is enough but the skagg dealer has a dfi which I know will save me buying a gas can. The mulch system I have is the best it makes all grass go away and even if I have to mow a little slower then full speed it is worth the end look. thanks for you advice.
  5. kenneth.clark

    kenneth.clark LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    I really like the skagg dealer here he is really on top of customer service. He wants to sell me a skagg and I am so pleased with the exmark I really do not want to switch exmark in 07 has a 27hp koh with a 50/or/56 in deck. I really like the mulch system it makes the grass dissapear for a excellent final look even if I can not mow full speed. The mulch system was designed by skagg and they let the patend expire and exmark snagged it. I also really want a dfi engine that skagg offfers. I am looking at the tiger. let me know how you like it. Thanks again for your reply.
  6. P & L Turf

    P & L Turf LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 272

    I've run nothing but the 60 inch decks. This year I demoed the new 66" and I had immediate issues with it. The dealer came and got it and gave me a new 60" and no probs after that. The only time mine has bogged down is when I was in waist deep leaves at full tilt. My "cheap seat" also broke after a couple of years of use. The suspension seat wasn't all that and a bag of chips. When the cheap one broke I just welded it up and was fine after that.

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