Exmark Lazer Z vs. Lazer HP. Give me your thoughts!!

KB

LawnSite Member
I am a part timer considering selling/trading my 48" Exmark Turf Tracer hydro walkbehind for a 52" Exmark HP or Lazer. I even considered the 48" HP. I am looking to buy a rider to increase productivity which will hopefully allow me time for more jobs, as well as be more fun to use. It should also allow me to take on larger yards. Other than the obvious difference in length, can anyone give me any reasoning that I should buy one over the other. Because of the type of jobs I have, anything larger would be too much. I have about 15 residential accounts and they are 1/4 to 1 acre in size with both flat and hilly terrain. I will probably always have residentials because of my limited amount of time. Give me your thoughts!
 

zipp669

LawnSite Member
Location
adair,iowa
kp- if you have any hills at all get the lazer 60, the hp doesnt stay on the hills as good..i had a 52 & it was terrible..also i do alot of smaller residentials & there wasnt really any lawns the 52 worked better on than my 60's. for 8" different i would always get the 60, by the way i got traded the 52 in on a 26/72
 

awm

LawnSite Gold Member
Location
stanfield nc
I THOUGHT THE HP AND SIMILAR UNITS WAS THE FUTURE
GUESS NOT IF THEY WONT HOLD A HILL.
BUILT LOW IT SEEMS THEY WOULD BE STABLE BUT
GUESS NOT.NICE TO KNOW
 

Prime Seasons

LawnSite Member
Location
Whitehall, MI
IMHO, the HP units perform just as well as their big brothers on hilly terrain.

Howerever, there is an idler pulley on the hydro drive system which needs to be made larger. Exmark is aware of the problem, but so far have not offered any recalls. A larger size pulley will create more tension, whereas now the belt may slip a little on the (right side) pump shaft pulley. This creates a 'sstuttering' type effect.

$.02
 

madmowingman

LawnSite Member
Location
wisconsin
I own both a 52"hp and a 60" lazer. The Hp actually hugs hills slightly better...The Hp you can put the two bagger collection system(ultra vac) which works great. The lazer's new 3 bag ultra vac is too big and clumsy.(i put mulching kit on in the fall)The Hp actually has a better cut IMHO. It stripes better and can get into tighter residentials with ease. But for more open mowing accounts the lazer rules.It depends on what your needs are. FYI.. just talkin to my exmark dealer yesterday..and he has 14 last years HP 48" 18hp kohlers going for 5200$...might have to snag one of those...
 

Cutter1

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Pittsburgh, Pa
Prime seasons....My hp did the same thing!! It took a few trips in for them to figure out what tho do. Finally they put 1 1/2 time stronger spring on it. Works fine now.

I have used both machines. I prefer the smaller HP units. I think they work great on hills. I like the cut on the 62 better than the 60 and I like the bagging unit. I'll probably buy another one this springtoo.

[Edited by Cutter1 on 01-25-2001 at 10:50 AM]
 

65hoss

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Memphis, TN
My 52" hp does well with hills. I would be more interested in the 52" because the overhang of the deck is better for getting closer to obstacles. Means less trimming. I can run my deck down the side of anything, because the overhang is about 3".
 

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