Hustler vs. ExMark

Discussion in 'Hustler Turf Equip (Archived)' started by CatholicLawnie, Nov 17, 2006.

  1. CatholicLawnie

    CatholicLawnie LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    Why did you guys choose HUstler over Exmark? I'm not trying to start a flame war or anything, I was just wondering. I'm torn between these two and I wanted some professional advice!:drinkup:
  2. mowerconsultant

    mowerconsultant LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Syracuse, NY
    Messages: 9,769

    Compare feature to feature, components and demo demo demo !!!
    I am sure many will chime in on this.

  3. HDFF03

    HDFF03 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    I demoed Exmark, Scag, and Hustler. As a homeowner/user I felt the Hustler frame was built stronger/better (want it to last 15+ years). Check the ease of maintenance on the Hustler (oil changes, lube points, etc.) compared to Exmark. I also like how the brakes engaged on the Hustler as compared to the Exmark CT I looked at.
    I spent at least 6 months reading these forums trying to decide which one to buy. It was a tough decision to spend $6,000+ on a lawn mower. I ended up buying a Hustler Z 23/60 and took delivery today. I think I made the right choice for the mower I will be using for the next 15 or so years on my 3 acres.
  4. tomo

    tomo LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 660

    hello, the first to produce a diesel line up worth talking about u will have my vote . Any chance u could look at diesel grasshoppers as an example ,they have it sorted but dealer 4 g/h and hustler not within 14 hrs drive oh well !
    Eventually chose exmark/toro and waiting with anticipapation 4 the day after warranty finishes. Oh did i mention a diff engine ..

    A suggestion might be direct injection diesel and then u will be the trend setter! small capacity light weight, great fuel economy and good emissions and good power.
    Hustler appears to be a forward thinking company which is good and that 66inch deck has me envious...drooling. If it was a gaser choice i would have been at your front door .

  5. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    Demo,Demo,Demo. God Bless:) Oh make sure the mowers match up in horse power and deck size.
  6. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,524

    For me it was plain and simple, the dealer. My Hustler dealer is top notch. The Exmark dealer was an azz. I think the Exmark dealer now is more customer oriented but too late.
  7. lawncare4u

    lawncare4u LawnSite Senior Member
    from S>C>
    Messages: 399

    Well said,my friend!:weightlifter:
  8. gps_jetskier

    gps_jetskier LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 303

    When I was looking at Z's I looked at all sorts. Some I took off my list right at the start because of deck and frame build quality / design. Most mowers I've seen over the years had died from rotting decks. I wanted an tough deck. That meant a serious frame to take the weight then too. John Deere had a small frame members. Liked that 7 iron deck design though. Not sure if the concept really worked or not. Scag seemed to have extra gussets, and doubled up frame beams, and stuff that seemed superfluous. I liked what I read of Great Dane, but no dealers near me (heard JD bought them). Looks at some others too, Toro, and some small names. I ended up settling on Exmark and Hustler. Loved them both really. Good frames, great decks, liked the red, hated the grey fenders that turn brown. Hustler seemed to have a more straight forward design. It didn't seem over engineered for what it was. Everything had a purpose and did just what it was supose to. In the end, Hustler had a better price, and there was a last years model to boot. ...SOLD. Personally, after driving my uncles Exmark some this summer, I'm sure you can't go wrong with either.

  9. A.D Services

    A.D Services LawnSite Member
    Messages: 224

    yup demoing is the key. (btw....i loved the mini fastrak it was one awesome machine) you should definitly demo both brands. i would go with hustler they have just as good of machines(if not better) but for a lower price. i would have bought a hustler if you they had a stand-on. but for my lawns i found the Super surfer was more efficient. i demoed the exark lazer, fastrak, great dane chariot and SS, and toro.
  10. Gautreaux's LNG

    Gautreaux's LNG LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 379

    Drive the two, Hustler SmoothTrak Steering is far superior to Exmark.

    Hustler Z and Super Z's have 7 gauge decks with additional 10 gauge reinforment at the spindles. Exmark deck has 10 gauge top plate w/ 10 gauge reinforcements, 7 gauge skirt.

    Hustler has a better warranty..

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