eXmark vs. John Deere

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by allstar, Sep 8, 2003.

  1. allstar

    allstar LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 282

    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
  2. Mickhippy

    Mickhippy LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,275

    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.
  3. Movinfr8

    Movinfr8 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 178

    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.
  4. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    WHY? Do a search------------- to exmark-------------

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    SCAPEASAURUSREX LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 835

    Why not look at the John Deere Quik trak... handle the larger jobs quikcly yet agile enough to handle the smaller ones too , uless you cant get a 48" through the gate......
  6. locutus

    locutus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Messages: 1,266

    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.
  7. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    Don't you have a walker mower?
  8. A Cut Above Lawncare

    A Cut Above Lawncare LawnSite Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 2

    I made the switch from a JD to and Exmark. Cut my time in half and my lawns look much better now i have twice as many lawns to do.........$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
    It will pay for it's self this year.
  9. rotgg

    rotgg LawnSite Member
    Messages: 127

  10. Matt'slawncare

    Matt'slawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 145

    I own a gravely and thats a great machine i would try one of them out.

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