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Exmark Question

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by PLM-1, Apr 30, 2005.

  1. PLM-1

    PLM-1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,640

    I am looking at a used Exmark WB. It's a Turf Tracer 60" w/ ECS. One thing i don't understand are the controls. Explain these to me. Are they not infinitely variable. There is a lever in the middle with N and 1-5. This is the only hydro that i have looked at like this. How do they compare to say a Gravely Pro-Steer or my old Snapper Hydro Pro (bout the same as Gravely's Pro-Steer)??
  2. beransfixitinc

    beransfixitinc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 592

    You know, this bugs me. We are an Exmark dealer, and the first time I was able to put my hands on a hydro walk behind I felt it was rather awkward.

    Maybe the other brands are like it also. I have not seen hydro wb of other brand though, so cannot comment.

    Having that stick there to control the speed would be fine if there were a steering wheel like on a garden tractor, but the fact that to safely operate the mower you should have both hands on the grips, it does not make sense.

    Wonder why they were not able to design the speed control past neutral into the grips.

    Should have had a lever to shift from N neutral to drive and used the levers to control the speed.

    Now, the way reverse works on this machine though might make the integration of the drive into the handle pressure different.

    But probably could use motorcycle style grips and cables that a progressive forward twist would give you progressively faster forward speed, then release, back to neutral, and then a reverse twist would give you the reverse speed.

    The stick control just seems like it takes too many hands to operate smoothly like a hydrostatic drive should.
  3. PLM-1

    PLM-1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,640

    It just doesn't seem like a hydro to me with that there. Seems like a well developed belt drive!
  4. Premo Services

    Premo Services LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,516

    I have a eXmark 48 inch tthp that is 6 years old, and just last month, I got a eXmark 60 inch turf tracer with the ECS controls. I like the Ecs controls a lot better than the pistol grips.

    Both of the mowers are hydro, and are infinite forward and reverse. The stick in the middle is for the speed that you want to go while mowing. Normally you set it on 4 or 5 and let her rip.
    When you want to go around a tree, etc, you just pull the grips back until it starts to brake and slow down. You do not have to be playing with the stick in the middle all the time.

    I think the eXmarks beat the snapper pro mowers, I have never seen a gravley mower, but have demoed a hustler walk behind and went with the eXmark because of the quality of cut issues people on here were talking about.

    Take the 60 inch turf tracer and demo it on your properties. You will see the mower is a true hydro with infinite foward and reverse, and a versitile machine capeable of doing large and smaller properties. I love my exmarks... :waving:
  5. Sweetwater

    Sweetwater LawnSite Member
    Messages: 66

    I mostly agree, demo the machine, except skip the demo part! Buy it as fast as you can. I am so pleased with my Exmarks and ECS I could plant a big ol' kiss on those red money makers. I used one of our older 48" WBs and I hate those pistol grips. Once you go ECS you will never look back. Exmark is IMO the best mower you can buy today.
  6. lwcmattlifter

    lwcmattlifter LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Messages: 859

    Yea I second that. I could not be happier with my TTHP ECS. The controls took about 15-20 to get really comfortable with but after that its smooth sailing. Its very easy to operate even to change speed while moving. You will not be disappointed with ECS. I have never used a Pro-steer so I don't know the differences but the Exmark is top notch.
  7. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    The only one to NOT use a speed control leaver is hustler. I could be wrong when i say all but most do use the stick.
  8. jimslawns

    jimslawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 283

    "I used one of our older 48" WBs and I hate those pistol grips."

    Check ebay I am seeing those kits to switch over and older machine going pretty cheap!!!

    ECS is great, when I run the TT's I find once I am moving I have the speed selector all the way forward and control speed with the "grips" them selves. ;) WFO for me!!!!
  9. Appalachian landscape

    Appalachian landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 453

    SCAG has the same "stick". It just sets your max speed.

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