John Deere vs Exmark Commerical Zero Turn

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jlcrss, Jun 23, 2010.

  1. jlcrss

    jlcrss LawnSite Member
    Messages: 35

    I am looking at the 920a John Deere 26 KAW with a 54 inch deck but I am also not ruling out the Exmark line. What are the general thoughts over the two. I am not even considering scag. I am looking for the best cut/stripe. I want a mower that handle the tall grass and hills and not bog down. Also want something reliable that will last. I also plan on putting on a collection system so power is important. Thanks Jon
  2. albhb3

    albhb3 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 502

    exmark and toro are built by the same company JD seem to cost more for parts"that dang green paint" the best you could do is go and demo each of the perspective mowers out there
  3. Grasscape Inc

    Grasscape Inc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 235

    When you get up around $8500+ they are all great...Demo to see what works best for you and your needs and conditions.

    It's hard to beat the Exmark XS series overall, but man are they pricey...
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2010
  4. jlcrss

    jlcrss LawnSite Member
    Messages: 35

    I got the 925a coming next week to demo. The exmarks are nice too but I have been hearing a lot of good things about the new z900 series from deere. I am currently mowing with the 717a and its underpowered for what I have been doing. Plus only having a 48 inch deck sucks because the deck is the same width as the machine. Makes it hard for trimming. I really like the 3 year warranty exmark is offering.
  5. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    Get a JD 925, its got the 27hp engine as opposed to the 26hp on the 920. The 27hp will be nice for when you have the bagging system on. The JD bagging system is awesome but like any other system, it requires some serious power. The 925 is an awesome mower.

    Best to go demo each brand and see which one you like best.
  6. jlcrss

    jlcrss LawnSite Member
    Messages: 35

    Is that one hp worth the extra 500 bucks?
  7. Grubrunner

    Grubrunner LawnSite Member
    Messages: 245

    Are they the same engine manufacturer?

    If so, then you certainly will not see a $500 improvement in 1HP in any area.

    Hold onto the $500 and get yourself some other piece of equipment or an add-on for the mower.
  8. jlcrss

    jlcrss LawnSite Member
    Messages: 35

    Both the 26 and 27 are Kaws
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  9. Grubrunner

    Grubrunner LawnSite Member
    Messages: 245

    I don't know the 26HP Kaw but the 27HP Kaw is an animal.

    A guy I know has a recently purchased Scag Turf Tiger™ 61" Velocity Plus™ ZTR running a bagger powered by the 27HP Kawasaki liquid-cooled and swears by it in every way.

    He only has about 35HRS on it thus far but just about all his commercial work is large properties with hills and dips. Never had a bogging or clogging issue thus far.

    His only drawback is it can get thirsty he says.
  10. jlcrss

    jlcrss LawnSite Member
    Messages: 35

    Im running a 19kaw in the 717a and it sips gas. I used 2.5 gallons after mowing non stop for 4 hours.

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