Exmark Metro 32 vs 36...or a 30?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by Babbages01, May 21, 2013.

  1. Babbages01

    Babbages01 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58

    Been studying a lot about new mowers, it's time to go bigger than a 21".

    Main point is to get something that will fit through the standard gate of rougly 36"

    On the Exmark site they list the complete width of both the 32 and 36 models as being 47". The 48" deck is 58" total width. Is this a typo on the site or are they really 47"? That'll mean that there would be no way to get even a 32" in these back yards.

    Plus there's the price difference. $1300 difference between the 30 and 32 (belt drive). Is having that extra two inches and more steel worth the difference?

    I'm at a loss on what to do. Not sure if I could justify anything bigger than a 36 at the moment.
  2. Grant11

    Grant11 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 354

    I believe those measurements are with the chute down. My 52" exmark is actually about 53" with no chute. Best bet is to go to a dealership and measure it yourself
  3. Babbages01

    Babbages01 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58

    That's what I was thinking. I couldn't imagine this mower having an additional 10" wheel base. I need to hit up the dealer this week and check them all out.

    That might be something that exmark puts on their website, chute up and down measurements...hint hint. It's a big factor to some people plotting their purchases.

    The price difference is still what I have in the back of my mind though...
  4. rbljack

    rbljack LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 725

    yep....you need to go measure to be sure. I went with the exmark 30 because it BARELY fits through a few of the gates that I needed to mow. I hope to get a bigger mower for front yards at some point, but the 30 was a step up from the 21 for now. My next move is to get my Gravely ZTR going again. I just haven't had the time of funds to work on it. its only a 34 inch, but the ground speed may help me with some efficiency on some yards where I can use it.
  5. rockymtnnut

    rockymtnnut LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 282

    Go big you wont regret going big.
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  6. Grant11

    Grant11 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 354

    The 32 and 36" metro are going to be a lot more mower than the 30" commercial. It's not justifying the bigger cut, theres a lot more to the metro than the 30" commercial. How many yards do you mow? How big are the yards and how many have gated backyards?
  7. Exmark PR

    Exmark PR Sponsor
    Messages: 238

    Here’s a high level summary of the differences between the Commercial 30 and the Metro 32.

    Metro 32 is 420# unit that is steerable, positive reverse, front casters, 6.2 mph groundspeed w/5 speed transmission, 603cc Kawasaki engine

    Commercial 30 is 170# unit that has positive fwd drive, but does not have powered reverse, non-powered steering, fixed front wheels, 4.2 mph groundspeed, 179cc Kawasaki engine.

    If you’d like to demo a unit, please contact your local dealer. If you’d prefer we contact him, please send us your contact information at exmarkpr@exmark.com.

    Also, thanks for the suggestion about the measurements with the chute down. We are checking to see if that can be added to our website.
  8. dareo

    dareo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 59

    The weight is the big difference 30 vs 32. If you don't mind the weight and the price increases you will have a much more powerful mower. But if the lawns you do are cut regularly the 30 should have enough power.

    I'm a part time, bed of the truck guy, and love the 30" design. If i hauled a trailer everywhere, the weight would matter less. I got the time master non commercial version for even less weight, only 135lbs, and its cake to handle.
  9. Caddyshack Lawn Care

    Caddyshack Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 746

    I've got a 32" Metro and have never, not once, found a gate that it won't fit through. I'm sure one exists somewhere, but not around here.

    The Metro has a LOT more power behind it, which is important if you have steep hills. I kick mine into high gear on larger open areas so you'll appreciate the extra speed it has.

    With that said, I'm still contemplating a 30" once my dealer puts one together so I can take a look at it.
  10. Babbages01

    Babbages01 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58

    Yay! I might have inspired change! (Was looking for measurements of both up and down.)

    We run mostly yards that can be mowed/edged/trimmed in 20 minutes with two guys, the typical 20 feet between houses neighborhoods.

    We also have 30 of 60 yards that are a pain to mow with a 21". It seems like all of them have larger back yards than front, thus why the gate fit issue is so important.

    Thanks everyone for your help. I think the Metro will meet our needs nicely.

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