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Exmark vs. Gravely

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by mamagreg, Feb 24, 2006.

  1. mamagreg

    mamagreg LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    I'm looking into buying a ZTR with a 36" to 40" deck. Looking to cut a few residences, but not doing this full time. I have a friend who has a 40" Gravely and loves it. I asked him about the EXmark, and he said that the Exmark was too heavy and will make ruts. What is the opinions of others on this site. Please give me the "skinny" on these two mowers.
  2. Jay Ray

    Jay Ray LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,510

    A commercial ztr will always be considerably heavier than a commercial wb with the same size deck, plus the ztr has the weight of the operator.

    If you are worried about rutting, a wb will do far less rutting.

    I base this on experience. I use a 48 Metro wb and sometimes a guy with a Scag 48 Tiger Cub would be mowing adjacent lawns in the same neighborhood. If it had rained the day before, he rutted, I didn't.
  3. jtkplc

    jtkplc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,656

    I think the cut quality will be a touch better with the Exmark and there is also a bigger engine on the 34" Phazer (19HP Kawasaki) compared to the Gravely 34Z (15HP Kawasaki), but both are solidly built and will get the job done.
  4. Tider6972

    Tider6972 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 649

    The PM34Z Gravely has a superior hydraulics system. It also has a 5" deep deck and leaves a beautiful cut.

    I luuv power, but the 15 Kaw does well even mulching thich, damp St. Augustine and Bermuda.

    The Gravely is proven; we don't know how the Phazer will cut yet.

    Just food for thought.
  5. Tim Wright

    Tim Wright LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,034

    I do not have personal experience with either machine. However, I was speaking to a couple of guys with 4 gravelies. And each one of them had blown spindal seals more than once in just a couple of months.

    Thats all I know, or rather kind of know.


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