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John Deere or Exmark Walkbehind??

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Petr51488, Aug 23, 2004.

  1. Petr51488

    Petr51488 LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,377

    I took a ride down to my local john deere dealer and they have the 36'' walkbehind mower for 2500 pluss 300 for the bagger. Also at the exmark dealer they have a 36'' walkbehind for 2499.00 This is going to be my first walkbehind. I need an oppinion on which one to get. John Deere OR Exmark Metro. Please give me your oppinions, i want to make a good choice.
  2. meathead1134

    meathead1134 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 637

    I'm running a JD GS45 48 inch walk behind with a 14 kawai no problems here. I've got 2 JD dealers close by. One in either direction. JD gets my vote
  3. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,177

    You will be happier with the eXmark. It cuts nicer. I have a 32" eXmark metro. I love it. Can take a pounding.
  4. tsmith82

    tsmith82 LawnSite Member
    from toledo
    Messages: 11

    I've got a JD GS30 ( 36") and have been using it all summer. I think it does a great job with the cut. It leaves nice clean lines and so far seems to be pretty reliable. However, I wish I would not have bought a fixed deck. With the GS30 you've really got to change some bolts around if you want to change the height from say 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches. Also when I first bought it the spring for the belt drive kept breaking ( easy fix but a pain in the A** ). Finally the JD dealer put a bigger spring on and haven't hadf any trouble. Over all I'm happy with the mower and Think I'll stick with JD.
  5. Turf Dancer

    Turf Dancer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 681

    From the demo I saw I would say go Exmark, We have an Exmark ZTR and the dealers said the 36" wb has a better cut and I would agree.
  6. MJLsLawnCareNmoreLLC

    MJLsLawnCareNmoreLLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 840

    I have a 15 year old JD 36" WB. I love it. It cuts better than any other mower I have or used. It leaves great stripes with no kit. There are virtually no clippings. Not a lot of overspray in landscape beds. And the deck stays clean. I like exmark, but they dont compare to JD IMO.
  7. shepoutside

    shepoutside LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,208

    they are both equally great, think'n it would come down to dealer network. Both have fine cuts, and clean decks, so service and parts would be the factor.
  8. creativedan

    creativedan LawnSite Member
    from IL
    Messages: 54

    my gs 30 is the best wb i have, great cut always starts first pull never used an exmark
  9. sawman65

    sawman65 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 754

    if quality of cut matters go with an exmark
  10. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,386

    If you could wait until the 2005 JD walkbehinds come out, I think John Deere is going to make 36" 7 Iron deck for a walkbehind. I've heard a rumor anyway. But right now I would get the Exmark.

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