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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Stinky, Feb 23, 2002.

  1. Stinky

    Stinky LawnSite Member
    Messages: 51

    every dealer i have talked to says exmark is made by toro.
    the local exmark dealer says toro has nothing to do with exmark.
    mowers look the same except gas tank color. can anyone help with this
  2. mowsho

    mowsho LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    In 1998 the Toro company purchased the Exmark company.

    Exmark is still different in many ways

    They use the same tractor but the decks are very different

    They have a different reserch and development crew

    And they still keep secrets from each other

  3. crazygator

    crazygator LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,048

    I think both are owned by a parent company, but they manufacture under the same old names.
  4. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,910

    Stinky, are you going to deal with this Dealer after the info he gave you?
  5. Toro has nothing to do with Exmark, but they like to steal designs from eXmark.

    Toro bought eXmark for the sole purpose of making a toro mid mount ztr.

    Now they barrowed a few decks from eXamrk for the fixed deck T-bar's but there is no toro influence on the eXmark side from toro.

    BTW Toro can't have the new ECS or there would only be one company.
  6. ohiolawnguy

    ohiolawnguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 397

    so, basically it is similar to textron's owning bunton,ransomes,jacobsen, and ryan? textron owns all of these, but they are run separately. that how it works?
  7. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    Yep, that's how it works. They are direct competitors with each other.
  8. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    This is what Exmark said in the Exmark Forum:
    Almost three years a go Toro did purchase Exmark Mfg. Exmark remains a subsidiary of Toro. Exmark engineers and manufacturer's all of its riding products as well as the Toro riding products (with exception of Outfront Z).

    There are several differentiating features but the main difference is in our cutting decks.

    Walk behind product are a little more complicated to explain. With the exception of the 21" Metro we engineer every walk behind in the line-up. To make a long story short, Exmark has grown at such a high rate with its riding products that for a one-year period we utilized some of Toro's manufacturing capacity for production of a few of our walk-behinds products.

    Exmark has very much remained untouched by the Toro Corporation. As you know, we have been very successful and as long as we continue to perform, we will retain our independence.

    You can read the entire, original message here:

    Exmark thread
  9. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    i sure hope this continues as it is. ive seen some real funky changes made in the offices at the top rung of the ladder.
    electrolux as an example.heck they might even own toro by now.
    seems like the own everything else.
    course they make good decisions to . the husquevarner[sp]
    ztr seems like a fine machine.
    it really all boils dn to what they think makes the most profit.

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