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eXmark Vantage is HERE!!!!

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

  1. pugs

    pugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,025

    I can definitely see complaints about the controls. Wright has everyone beat in that department with their quad controls or whatever they call them. Used to have a customer with a very old Great Dane stander that I hated moving or driving at all compared to the Wrights. The Toro/Exmark is a bit better with the double bars where the old Great Dane had a single bar I think. Have not driven the scag before. It just looks clumsy to me with where that huge pad is in related to the platform.

    Also to the poster with the mythical magical lawnmower that is so perfect....either post pics or STFU about it. Maybe you can find bigfoot while you are at it.

    MOHUSTLER LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,376

    And slam dunk! I also agree if your going to down talk a mower at least have some seat time on it. Or in this case foot time.
  3. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Messages: 2,572

    I read on here in another thread that slightly smaller pulleys on the spindles make the Wrights cut much better.....
  4. lawnworker

    lawnworker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 897

    Looks pretty nice. I wonder how it compares to the exmark cut quality,
  5. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,988

    Yeah I noticed they were adjustable. I will try to tighten them up. I know, I'm being lazy:)

    Technically not, but the deck does move independently of the upper/front frame whereas on a true fixed deck, the front casters are usually bolted to the front of the deck. I can definitely see a couple situations already in my day to day use of the machine where a couple rollers on the deck would help.

    Ok, but they're right there in front of you on a walk-behind. Anyways it's not a huge deal really. Just takes some getting used to.

    Sure it would. I can visualize it, and it would be far superior to what they're using right now.

    You must have some big-ass hands then because I tried that, and it's not happening.

    Yeah I have, it's getting more comfortable now. Probably 10 more hours and I will be able to operate the machine without thinking about what my hands are doing.


    The plastic ones are definitely better. You can hit them on something without bending the crap out of them, the two steel chutes on my TTHPs were bent within a week of buying them.

    Shrug, on my TTHP it's in the same spot, but higher up. I just don't like the fact that it's in the way of the chute. I can't put the grass catcher on unless I remove the chute which sucks. Oh well, I used a bungee to hold it open anyways.

    After riding for a few hours, I question the effectiveness of the pad on the Scag. I find myself leaning forward and resting my hips on the top part of the pad, on the Scag there is nothing there. I guess I'd have to try one...
  6. GrassIsGreenerLawnCare

    GrassIsGreenerLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Messages: 636

    i dunno. i agree about the guy w/ the magical mower....post it or shut up. I also agree that they should have gone w/ the ECS, woulda looked and been alot cooler for controlling. I like the looks of the exmark a whole lot better than that scag. Fiveoboy Nice work...the mower looks nasty!
  7. tjlco

    tjlco LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 283

    Well I have about 15 hours on the mower now....I think exmark did good. I used to have a wright stander...42. I hated that thing. It cut like crap mulched even worse. Dug in and left swirls at every turn. Was at the dealer many times, he even had me put like 60psi in front tires. Anyway...the vantage does none of that. Cuts good, mulches good, turns fast, platform comfy....I like it, we'll see how it holds up. I know tons of you use wright and love them, maybe I had a lemon who knows, but thats the only other stand on I ever had so thats all I had to compare it to. Wow time to change the sig...lol
  8. khutch

    khutch LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 495

    Thanks to fiveoboy & tljco for their posts. I demoed the Vantage last week at my house and was ready to sign the check before I took it for a spin. Quite an adjustment to operate - I could not even go in a straight line and felt like a fool. I told the Exmark rep who brought the machine "Let me fire up my 52" TurfTracer and prove to ya I know how to cut". He said no problem there is a learning curve then he mowed my entire yard in about 5 min less than I could have w/my machine. I did notice it is not nearly as forgiving and the top & bottoms of hills, and I can see how a new operator could make a mess or do real damage until they are very familar w/the machine. The Vantage was equipped w/a mulch kit and even in damp tall Fescue, I thought the cut was very,very good. So now I don't know what to do next - I believe the stander design has advantages over both Z's and WB's, however. I not quite sure I want to spend 8k on a mower than before better in some but not all situations. I'd love a 30 day money back on this machine to really see if it fits my properties.
  9. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Knoxville, Tn
    Messages: 4,518

    I not quite sure I want to spend 8k on a mower than before better in some but not all situations. I'd love a 30 day money back on this machine to really see if it fits my properties.[/QUOTE]

    You might see if you could arrange an extended demo. The local dealer here has offered to let me use one for a week. It is taking guys a while to get used to the controls.
  10. khutch

    khutch LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 495

    Great point about an extended demo, the dealer did call me back that day to see how things went. I need to get back to him. I will say that the Exmark rep (Chad) was very helpful, knowledgeable, and quite honest about the machine.

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