Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by CutAboveTheRest, Jul 30, 2003.

  1. CutAboveTheRest

    CutAboveTheRest LawnSite Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 2

    Does Toro own Exmark?There ZRTs look similar. Any major pros or cons?

    Who is the number one seller for landscape equipment?
  2. Shuter

    Shuter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,171

    I had the same question, Toro vs. Exmark. I was looking for a new WB. I chose Toro from past experience and local dealer quality.
  3. Fvstringpicker

    Fvstringpicker LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,673

    Like GMC and Chevy trucks; made by the same company--cept the decks are different
  4. edrenckh

    edrenckh LawnSite Member
    Messages: 135

    Many of the parts are even the same part number.
  5. heygrassman

    heygrassman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 509

    From what I was told this week by a dealer, the frames are identical and mechanicals are the same as well. The decks are very different. The shape is completely different and Toro is only 10ga while Exmark is 7 ga.
  6. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    Exmark's decks are deeper, better for mulching IMO. I think Toros discharge pretty well though, the SFS system looks to be a pretty efficient setup.
  7. BobR

    BobR LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 714

    Just turned 15 hours on my Z HP, previous machine was a Toro 150 (2000) it had 600 hrs on it. I am still in the 'honeymoon' phase of a new purchase but as of this moment the HP has it hands down, it is totally different than my Toro (when you visit the dealer take along a tape measure and compare frame sizes).
    Looks can be decieving, the deck is not the only difference (talking about new 2003 models side by side).
    SFS deck worked well for me here in upstate NY and at this time (summer grasses) the Trivantage 52" is doing great.
    Why did I change from Toro ? Just wanted to try something different and Exmark is getting a lot of press here on LawnSite.
  8. redbull

    redbull LawnSite Member
    Messages: 182

    It depends a great deal on what series of Z you are looking at. Ask the dealer when he will have in the new 500 series Toro Z-master - it will have the 7 gage deck - we have had 0000 problems with the 10 gage decks though.

    Toro has 37% of the LE market - don't know if that makes them the biggest, but it is a large chunk
  9. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,457

    Go Toro if you want to mostly side discharge.

    Go Exmark if you mostly want to mulch.

    Simple as that.

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