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Exmark, toro, scag, hustler, other?? POLL...please read

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by DillonsLawnCare, Jul 30, 2007.


which mower do you think is better?

Poll closed Apr 25, 2010.
  1. Toro.

    73 vote(s)
  2. Exmark.

    165 vote(s)
  3. Scag.

    123 vote(s)
  4. Hustler.

    63 vote(s)
  5. Other, and mention in thread!!!

    78 vote(s)
  1. Harrington Landscape

    Harrington Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    from Erie Pa
    Messages: 336

    Before I knew "Exmark" I thought nothing could top my Lesco. It was our first zero turn rider and we really didn't know much about them at the time. All we knew was it would seriously cut our mowing time. We shopped around for pricing, and at the time we went with the cheaper price and it came with a "Free" lawn striper. We were completely satisfied with it, except for the fact that it clumped terribly in wet grass. Two years later we needed to purchase another rider and decided to try Exmark eventhough the price was a bit higher. Today we are glad we did! I does not clump and it cuts beautifully. Although we had to purchase our striping kit separatley, it is a much better quality then the free one on the Lesco and looks like it is actually striping the lawn, unlike the Lesco. Our lawns look great and our customers are happy. The Exmark's are now our first choice and our Lesco will be used as a backup. Lesco does the job, but Exmark does it better!
    ~Mrs. Harrington Landscape
  2. dubmckay

    dubmckay LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    Toro bought eXmark a few years ago (maybe they couldn't design mowers themselves)...your major differences will be found in the deck (toro has steel spindles, eXmark has aluminum) different baffle setups, you will find different hand controls on the walk behinds (I prefer the exmark pistol grip, but it was the mower I was brought up on)

    eXmark is preferred 2:1 by commercial cutters over the next leading brand(Scag)
  3. vermonta

    vermonta LawnSite Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 87

    Toro bought Exmark because although Toro made big machines for golf courses, fairways etc. and did well in that area, in the commercial user market like us (walk behinds & ztrs especially) they were getting beat pretty badly IMHO because they had a far cheaper product built more like a home owner walmart special.
    So, they did the smartest thing they could do. They bought Exmark and were smart enough, business wise, to keep it as it's own company but got the advantage of all its patents and far advanced engineering.
    I was real happy they kept them separate. I had two already, but waited a few years to see if they would cheapen the Exmark down like the toros were. Instead they much improved the Toro and made even more improvements on the Exmarks.
    A smart business move:cool2:
  4. dubmckay

    dubmckay LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    smart, I wll agree
  5. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,335

    One word: WALKER.
  6. dubmckay

    dubmckay LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    Walker is a great machine for manicured lawns...I see them alot in New Orleans and surronding areas.
  7. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,426

    No John Deere?
  8. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,426

    Where did you get that information (about Scag being #2)? I knew Exmark was #1.
  9. musician/lawnman

    musician/lawnman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 37

    I run a 52" Yazoo/Kees Mid Max , w/ upgraded mulch kit. Does a nice cut Would have liked an exmark when I bought this (I was just starting up) but I've been happy with it. The mulch kit is nice though it does slow me down a bit.

    I was doing a large property yesterday with it & across the street there was another company mowing 4 empty lots. 2 guys on Dixies & 1 on a Scagg turf tiger.... I was amazed at how fast they were mowing! I kept thinkin damn, Maybe this really is a piece of junk? til I got done & pulled back onto the road & could see all the hay they left behind & all the spots they missed plus all the weeds that made it through & didn't get cut.

    I agree dealer service is a real important factor, but deck design & blade tip speed help a lot too!
  10. monro

    monro LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    :weightlifter:scags only mowers ever needed

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