John Deere VS. Exmark

toddman35

LawnSite Member
Location
Central, IA
I am wondering which is better for quality of cut for the money. A John Deere 455 Diesel w/ 60&quot; deck, or an Exmark LZ60?<p>----------<br>Todd Maurer<br>
 

Runner

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Flint, Michigan
JD makes several types of commercial mowers, however the 455 diesel isn't one of them. The 9 series for instance (911, 930, 932, 935, etc. are larger mowers that are commercial. These are impressive machines but they don't leave a very nice cut. Shabby in fact. JD also has a mid mount Z mower out this year but like much of their other equipment, it's not made by JD. This happens to be MTD in fact. Good luck with your shopping! Also, Andrew, Why not a Kohler motor? Are you one of those that had valve or lifter trouble too? ( I know there was alot of that between the time they switched to the Command motors and '99). <br><p><font size="1">Edited by: Runner
 
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toddman35

LawnSite Member
Location
Central, IA
i am going insane or do exmark mowers look the same as toro??? they have the same engines and frames? i now have a toro Z153 with a KOH. is that bad too? thanks for your help<p>----------<br>Todd Maurer<br>
 

Grasscape Inc

LawnSite Member
Location
Southeast, MI
We a have some of the new Ztrack JD commercial mowers with the 7 iron decks. Great cut. Solid build.<p>Toro owns exmark, hence the simularity.<p>We have more problems with Kawasaki, and Onan, than with Kohler <p>----------<br>-Grasscape Mgmt.<br>Http://sites.netscape.net/grasscapeinc/homepage
 

Lawnworks

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Location
usa
Does anyone know who really makes the John deere midmount? Are the decks strong enough? I had the impressions they weren't very thick. Also aren't they supposed to have a deck that stands the grass up so you don't have to double cut?<p>Rick Wallace<br>LawnWorks
 

Grasscape Inc

LawnSite Member
Location
Southeast, MI
Yes, the NEW JD decks are extrmely strong. Not the yellow ones . The Green 7IRON 2000 models. 1 piece 7 guage steel. almost 6 inches deep, and full lenth baffles to stand up grass. We like them alot.<p>----------<br>-Grasscape<br>Http://sites.netscape.net/grasscapeinc/homepage
 

weve

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Central Illinois
While talking to someone working at the Husqvarna outdoor display at Expo 2000, he said that John Deere sends them the deck for the Deere midmount and Husky makes the mower.<p>----------<br>Larry<br>
 
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toddman35

LawnSite Member
Location
Central, IA
thanks, but i dont know were u guys got that i thought a 455 was commercial? i know its not. but it is a heavy duty. oh well so most of u think exmark would be the way to go?<p>----------<br>Todd Maurer<br>
 
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