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Hustler WB cut vs. Exmark WB cut

Discussion in 'Hustler Turf Equip (Archived)' started by DLS1, Aug 31, 2002.

  1. DLS1

    DLS1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,619

    I was going to get Exmark Lazer HP next year but after hearing about the Hustler Gatemaster WB and I am now seriously thinking about buying that once I get a change to demo one when they come out next year. I do alot of yards with 36" - 42" gates with a 21". My strategy for next years was to try to get more acreage jobs vs. small yards but i think I will be switching my strategy to getting more small yards using the Gatemaster.

    I have not demoed any type of Hustler so how is the cut compared to EXMARK? How are those motorcycle handle controls vs. Exmark ECS. Have not tried ECS WB controls yet?
  2. mowerconsultant

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

    Once you have used the Hustler H-Bar steering you will never go back to a pistol grip set up again.
    The Exmark ECS system while it is better than the std pistol grip system, it is still a pistol grip set up, which means you are squeezing levers all day.
    The H-Bar system works like a motorcycle grip, you twist it forward to go forward and the reverse for reverse, it is only spring loaded in reverse. Other than a hour learning curve at most, you will master this system quick, and love it.
    I will put the cut quality of the Hustler against any mower on the market, and we will match it or beat it.
    The GateMaster will have the second generation H-bar on it when they hit the market, this system has a cruise control and parking brake built into the H-Bar

    Hope this helps
  3. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    Why didn't you Put the H Bar On Your new Z. thank you john.
  4. mowerconsultant

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

    The H-Bar started on our Shortcut rider back in 97
    It migrated to our 3000 series front mount diesel mowers in 99 along with our walk behind that year also.
    The H-bar was not meant for a compact mid mount rider, it would get in the way when mounting and dismounting the mower.
    We also wanted to go with a industry accepted steering set-up.
    This is why we use the twin lever steering seen on our Hustler Z's and Super Z's, but we had to better that system also by adding a integrated parking brake, and making the effort to operate the levers very minimal

  5. DLS1

    DLS1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,619

    When the Gatemaster is ready for sale in January or ? I have a few suggestions or laundry list of things to inform us about.

    1. Price.
    2. Size(s) cut., engine options.
    3. Warranty on various parts of mower. Since this mower is new design will there be some type of special warranty on the flipping arm mechanism or other parts that are unique to this mower.
    4. Any special financing deals (i.e. 12 months no interest).
    5. Option and prices (mulch kit, bagger,etc.)
    6. Show the most current pictures if something has changed since the last time you shown pictures.
    7. List what if anything you have changed since you did more field testing since the show where you had the pro-type.
    8. It would be nice to have specs for the mower on the company web site (i.e. weight,width,length,height,cutting heights,tip speed, etc).
    9. Since deck flips 90 degrees is there any special maintenance related to flipping deck such as buying belts more often or servicing the flipping arm mechanism.

    My biggest concern is being the first year of a new type mower and company support to fix design flaws quickly with recalls. Hopefully there would be none but you never know with first year models.

    I will be hold off buying a new Exmark 36" walkbehind until I test the Gatemaster.
  6. mowerconsultant

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

    You must realize that the GateMaster is a prototype.
    I can not answer any of the questions you asked until it is released from engineering and testing.
    I can tell you that you will see it here first, when new info does become available.
    Be patient, it will be worth the wait :D

  7. DLS1

    DLS1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,619

    I knew you couldn't answer many questions now and that's why I said when it is ready for sale in January that was my laundry list of questions.

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