Exmark, Scag, or Hustler walk behind?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Scott's Lawn, Apr 24, 2012.

  1. Scott's Lawn

    Scott's Lawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    I am looking into a used 36" walk behind mower for backyards with small gates. I'm looking into Exmark, Scag, or Hustler, primarily because of dealer support in my area. My primary concerns when buying a mower are cut quality, ease of use, and durability. I will mostly be mulching St. Augustine, centipede, and weeds. I also need it to be able to handle wet grass well. Which brand and model would you recommend?
  2. TriCountyLawn

    TriCountyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,517

    Demo what your looking at buying, that said I've ended with a Hustler walkbehind, the ease of operation did it for me. Best of luck!
  3. Fencek

    Fencek LawnSite Member
    Messages: 32

    I agree. I've tried Hustler Trimstar and love it. I'll probably get one in the near future.
  4. Scott's Lawn

    Scott's Lawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    How is the cut quality with the Trimstar from your experience? And which year is it?
  5. TriCountyLawn

    TriCountyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,517

    My model is pre trimstar with a different deck. That said, the cut is pretty good. :drinkup:
  6. Tizzy

    Tizzy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 383

    i would go Hustler the trimstar is by far the easiest walk behind to use
  7. MTenterprises

    MTenterprises LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 326

    I say Exmark. I have a 36" Viking and love it. It's a beast and sometimes I use it instead of my lazer because I love to work with it. I use a 2 wheel sulky most of the time I use it. It don't take any crap from 2 ft tall grass! :weightlifter:
  8. RTR Landscaping

    RTR Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 390

    I'm a Scag guy but all three of these mowers are fine. If you can demo, buy the one you like. You really can't go wrong. You also might look at the best dealer for service and parts to make your decision.
  9. smallstripesnc

    smallstripesnc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 717

    Scag but I have to say that either of them will get the job done.
  10. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,759

    That Hustler 36" Trimstar has 2 different sized blades. Is the larger or smaller blade on the discharge side? How's the cut?

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