Exmark spreader sprayer

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by grass4gas, May 26, 2019.

  1. grass4gas

    grass4gas LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 864

    I know there are topics on this machine, but I wanted to provide my 2 cents on it.

    First off, I bought this back in December of last year because I needed a tax write off and to have time get to know the in’s and out’s.

    I have only used a Permagreen Centri and both the Groundlogic pathfinder and XC previously.

    First off, the Exmark is longer then the above mentioned machines. And because of the longer length, it does take some time to get used to the spray pattern.

    Ironically the steering was, at least for me, very easy to grasp. There were some complaints on here regarding it being somewhat awkward and confusing.

    The biggest issue I had was to remember to turn on the pump and spreader switches; push buttons really. The ground logics have neither just open and close the hopper gate.

    The other complaint I was hearing was filling the gas tank. Well you can’t get a 5 gallon can to fit under the steering column, but a 2 1/2 gallon can and a funnel work just fine. You could also use a battery powered hand pump.

    The best things I like are the variable speed for the impeller and the spray wand. Since this machine is hydraulic and not belt driven, the impeller speed is constant. And you don’t have to stop, shift lever to neutral and use a strap to hold the throttle wide open if you need to get off the ground logic to use the spray wand if you are unable to spray while on the machine. With the exmark, just make sure the switch is on for the spray wand-this in addition to the spray pump and go. BTW, this is an option on the GL.

    I like the fact that this machine has jet agitation, so WP’s and EG’s are a breeze to use and work with. The stock nozzles put out approximately 1/2 gallon per 1000 square feet...ideal for me.

    I only have about 30 hours on the unit, as I was using the ground logic most of the time. The exmark was used on more wide open and larger lawns until I felt comfortable using it. I still have and use the GL and keep it in the trailer on a daily basis for smaller lawns. It also allows me to keep a separate machine for other liquid applications and not have to drain the tank and fill up with a different product.

    Because this machine is much more intricate than the GL, I’m sure it will be harder to work on. This is not a complaint, but more of an observation and assumption...time will tell.

    Overall I am very happy with the unit. Based on previous years on the GL, I figure I should have about 300 hours by years end and can give an accurate opinion and review at that time
     
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  2. lawndude28

    lawndude28 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 372

    It is a good machine, however the stock tips (white) should be 1/3 gallon per 1m. The browns are 1/4 and the blues are 1/2.
     
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    grass4gas

    grass4gas LawnSite Senior Member
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    Interesting. When I calibrated it, my time to cover 1000 square feet was 30 seconds. Did this 3 times. When I measured the output, each tip measured 30 oz., so just a tick under 1/2 gallon per 1000. Your saying that I should be getting about 21-22oz from each tip. I’ll do a recheck.

    Thanks
     
  4. lawndude28

    lawndude28 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 372

    Your numbers look right but doing 1k in 30 seconds seems slow.
     
  5. tbtigers

    tbtigers LawnSite Member
    from La
    Messages: 149

    Grass4gas
    Just curious of your opinion of the exmark? Would you buy it again?
     
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    grass4gas

    grass4gas LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 864

    Yes.

    Follow up on this machine...

    Well I am now at 200 hours and all is good. I posted in another thread about the starter making a loud noise when engaging. I did get it replaced but no difference. Apparently this is normal for the Briggs engine and it starts fine. I also had to have the throttle cable replaced as it was sliding off of high speed when running. No other issues.

    As my season comes to an end, I have been very pleased with this machine and, if needed, would buy another without hesitation. This machine fits my business structure well. I do approximately 2 million square feet per round, so I don’t need the biggest and fastest units out there, just a dependable one.
     
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  7. tbtigers

    tbtigers LawnSite Member
    from La
    Messages: 149

    Thanks. What about ground logic? Would you buy it again? Or is the exmark head and shoulders better?
     
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    grass4gas

    grass4gas LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ground logics are good, but the exmark/toro is much better...2 main reasons

    1. No belts and
    2. Hydro trans.
     
  9. lawn king

    lawn king LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,650

    Im a big fan of hydros, my kubota, my hps, my wb aerator, etc all hydros. I do however prefer the gear tranny in spreader sprayers.
     
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    grass4gas

    grass4gas LawnSite Senior Member
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    The other big reason I like the X Mark is it is rear wheel drive where is the ground logic/Permagreen is front wheel drive. With the X Mark, when you stop you can spray with the hand wand not having to shift in neutral strap the throttle cable in high rpm to walk off the machine to spray a couple things, just makes life so much easier
     

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