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True, they are farther apart now than ever in design. They have steadily worked away from each other in this department since 1997. When Toro bought Exmark and Yazoo and Kees became one, Toro sued Y/K for infringements on the deck lift mechanism. The funny thing is, this only happened after Toro bought them ( read here ). If I remeber correctly, it was less than $100,000. They also got money from Textron for similar violations. Was there some assistance from one to the other before each were bought out that dissolved afterwards, who knows. Also, as far as I know, Y/K is still out of Beatrice, as is Encore.

Here is a common link between Exmark, Kees and Encore. D-i-c-k Tegtmeier, Encore's founder and CEO worked for F.D. Kees for 17 years. He drew up Kees first entry into the commercial mower market on a contract basis. In 1982 Mr. Tegtmeier co-founded Exmark manufacturing. In 1988 he started Encore.

That info can be found here

and here

I had to space Mr. Tegtmeier first name out because it sets off the Lawnsite sensor :D
 

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Yeah, I forgot that question. My 1999 Kees 61" ZTR has sealed bearings, so I would imagine they have gone to that exclusively. To ease you mind about that, I have lost one spindle in 4 years and 1804 hours :)
 

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It was/is a damn good mower, no complaints. I like the Exmark better, but it's still a fine mower ;) I paid $7100 in 1999. You should be able to get a 61" ZTMax for that or less now. Not sure about the Max2. They have a lot more engine combos now. If you have a good dealer or dealers, they are certainly worth a serious look.
 
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