eXmark Vantage is HERE!!!!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by fiveoboy01, Apr 13, 2010.

  1. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Yeah but there are plenty of instances where it doesn't hold worth a crap in certain situations and you start sliding (tearing turf). A WB is superior in that aspect.

    The machine has its niche, but I'd reconsider buying a second one. I'd probably just save a grand and buy a 48" TTHP. Maybe try a proslide.
  2. tallimeca

    tallimeca LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The idea of the machine is the same, but there are many differences from the grandstand. On second look, there are even more then I have already listed. The frame is completely different because of the way the deck is supported.

    ECS would have worked on the machine. The handles are already ECS-ish as it is. The position of the operator on this machine is different from a walk behind.

    The deck is not a floating deck. It is fixed to the height adjusters. It's not on chains, or a torsion system like the Next Gen lazer. Scalp wheels will just dig into the turf.
  3. khutch

    khutch LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 497

    I decided AGAINST the Vantage after a demo and reading everything I could.
    I did want to like the machine alot, but it just did not have the finesse a WB gives, and with my ProSlide, on certain properties, I am not walking much. Guess I saved 7k!
  4. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Did you mean to type that they would NOT have worked? If so, you're wrong. Sit here and say otherwise, I've been using ECS for 5 seasons and it could have been adapted to the Vantage.

    Then why can I pick up on it without raising the front casters?

    I realize it's not full floating but rollers would help.
  5. lilweeds

    lilweeds LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 595

    I agree that roller would be nice, but for the most part I don't need them. I didn't look real close when I saw the Exmark, but what I did see looks exactly the same as the current model year Toro as far as frame and lift system. I can't make the thing slide on a hill. You do need to be standing on it and not walking behind it. I weigh about 170-180 so maybe that has something to do with it. 20lbs either way could really change things up.
  6. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
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    It's not so much traversing a hill sideways, it can do a moderately steep slope that way.

    It's going up or down or trying to turn around(if going across) where it has problems.
  7. Josh32RVP

    Josh32RVP LawnSite Member
    Messages: 60

    I love my 52" Vantage and have found it to work very well on hills. I typically straddle the hills and it hasnt ever slid with me on it and I'm 6'7 250lbs. The front wheels have come off the ground going straight up a hill but that was my own fault. I would highly recommend this machine to anyone out there for any condition!!! Good luck to all and have a great day!!
  8. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
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    I took a closer look the other day, quite the contrary, it's NOT fixed to the height adjusters.

    Anyways, been tracking the fuel usage, 1.1-1.3 GPH with the 24. It's a gas sucker for sure, but I'm saving time on the lawns so I think it balances out.
  9. georgiagrass

    georgiagrass LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 970

    Having read through your posts, I'm having trouble imagining why I'd give up our 36" and 48" TTHPs.
  10. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
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    There is a productivity increase with less fatigue. Both pretty good reasons. However, there are downsides as I noted.

    I'm probably going to get another TTHP or two next season. They just rock.

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