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I see alot written about these eXmark mowers and am seriously considering purchasing one.I presently own a JD LT150,and really like it,but it's become obvious to me after being in this business for a short time that I'm going to need at least one nice,large lawn tractor,but not too big.Right now my few accounts are relatively small residential ones.I would like be able to handle larger properties if those opportunities come my way,and be able to complete jobs like that in a reasonable amount of time.
I believe what I need is like a mid-sized lawn tractor.My dilemma is that I really like my LT 150;it's reliable,extremely maneuverable and makes a very nice cut.I've never used an eXmark,though,but based on what I've read they must be totally awesome machines.
So if some of you guys could give me your opinions I would really appreciate it: eXmark,John Deere or something else.Why?Thanks. Jim
 

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I occasionally (rarely) use a JD LT155 with power flow catcher on small yards but on the bigger stuff, its speed and quality of cut. I've never used a Z but I can see how they'd be quick around a yard and cut very well no doubt but from what I read here, they have there limitations like slopes etc. If your land is relatively flat go a Z'd but if hilly, look elsewhere. For the record, I use a JD X595 because of that reason. Of course this is IMHO and no doubt will be told other wise.
 

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Why do you feel the need for a tractor? try out a 36 inch walk behind w/sulky. I think you will like the speed and comfort. MUCH faster to mow with than the tractor. But thn I may be biased!!
besides you would still have the JD 150. I was making this same decision a couple months ago, and am glad I got the w.b. but your case may be different.
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what mvnfr8 said ,i have a 36inch exmark walkbehind with a velkie x2. nearly all of my accounts are small residential and there is simply no comparison between what is essentially a homeowners lawnmower and a commercial model. i know because ive used both.
 

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i used to use the lawn trac till this year. I will never go back to one. I got a z this year. but am also looking for a 36 w/bfor my machines. Just try them out. But like someone said Why do you feel you need the trac?
 

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There are a few folks cutting with JD tractors around here but soon to be extinct cause they can 't match quality done by true commercial machines. Get a WB/sulky or a Ztr, try both before you decide, really a must of " both" if you want to stay strong and profitable in this biz.
Don't haul tractor around town, it ain't worth doing.
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The eXmark is not a lawn tractor. It is a ZTR (zero turn radius) mower. It will smoke a lawn tractor with the same deck size. I realize JD is a top brand, but when it comes to mowing, go with eXmark, it's built like a tank. As someone else posted, it will pay for itself. You'll be able to mow more and the extra expense is tax deductible!
 

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Exmark makes the best mowers in my opinion. Ive used a few riders and one hydro walk behind made by exmark and have no complaints. Right know I have a bobcat w/b and like it but the exmarks are much better. Great cut and built like tanks
 

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I can't reply on the JD because I've never used one. But, like you I wondered what all of this Exmark fuss was about-these guys are NUTS for these things! So I demoed an 03' last week. Absolutey night and day difference to my Surfer-no ifs ands or buts. I'm now counting the days till I get an 04' Lazer Z.
 
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