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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Australian Mower Man, Apr 15, 2008.

  1. Australian Mower Man

    Australian Mower Man LawnSite Member
    Messages: 54

    G'Day My new American Friends!
    I run a mowing business on the South Coast Of New South Wales, Australia.
    I have just purchased a Exmark Navigator after 3 Walkers. Have I made the right choice?
    Also, I have a Grasshopper 227 and have rebuilt the Mandrels 3 times in 1100 hours, is this normal in the Northern Hemisphere?
    Look forward to conversing with everybody.
  2. Woody82986

    Woody82986 LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 2,128

    Is it funny that when i read your post, I did it in my head with an Australian accent?
  3. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    Mandrels, do you mean spindles?
  4. mngrassguy

    mngrassguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,167

    I did the same thing.LOL

    Yes, you can't go wrong with the exmark. Thanks for buying american.:usflag:

    What type of grass grows there?
  5. KGR landscapeing

    KGR landscapeing LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,544

    Y did you leave walker if they have been good to you? and lots of people up here run exmark scag. But in all honesty there just names most mowers all come wit the same basic set up blades drive and power
  6. Australian Mower Man

    Australian Mower Man LawnSite Member
    Messages: 54

    G'day and thanks for replying
    I left Walker because of the price, $27000 for a walker 23hp here, 18,000 for an Exmark Navigator. BIG difference. Most common grass is Kikuyu, a native of South Africa, Buffalo and Couch grass. Love Kikuyu as it grows like mad!
    Where I live we have an off season of about 8 weeks, July August September.
    No snow!
    Yes I meant spindles, we call them Mandrels (dont know why), do you blokes have any trouble with them?
  7. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,426

    I know guys that put up to 5,000 hrs on diesel Grasshoppers and I never heard of them complaining about any spindle problems. Are you using a high temperature grease for the bearings? I'm not sure about grasshopper but many ZTR's recommend different grease for the spindles (mandrels?). I know my Scag does. At 18,000 to 19,000 feet per minute blade speed the bearings really need all the protection you can give them.

    We are really glad to have you!

    DLAWNS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,780

    Welcome to the site.
  9. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,899

    I think that Kikuyu might be contributing to the problem. I tried some of that here as an alternative that might winter over with some color and do a little better in the shade than our Bermuda. That was some nasty thick grass, like Fescu on steroids. We sprayed and killed it before it got too far along.

    I would think with the value of the dollar being so low your prices would be getting better for our stuff. Welcome to lawnsite.
  10. Lawnut101

    Lawnut101 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,260

    Welcome to Lawnsite! How's the weather down there? A little chilly up here still. :waving:


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