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lesco vs exmark ztr

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by davechick12, Dec 19, 2004.

  1. davechick12

    davechick12 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    Right now I have a 36in lesco walk behind very happy with it. The only problem is lesco does not service there equipment. Sometime with in the next few months i plain on buying a ztr. At first i thought i wanted the exmark now i believe i really should buy the lesco. I heard something about you cant grease the spindles (not sure if thats true or not.) Also i could save myself 1000 by buying the lesco. The money is really not the big issue its more important to me that i purchase the right mower. I was thinking about getting the 52in model. Both dealers are close with in 10 minutes of my house so thats not a problem.
    any opinions would be great thanks
  2. Coumbe

    Coumbe LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 272

    Get a Scag or an Exmark.
  3. Turfdude

    Turfdude LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,899

    You're not comparing apples to apples here. First off, although Lesco will give you a list of approved Lesco repair shops, I don't think you'd get the same service as a dealer who would sell you the machine. Secondly, a lot of equipment manufacturers are now going to sealed spindle bearings. You do get a 2 year warranty from eXmark on them anyway. We purchased a 52 Lazer HP w/ ultravac this spring and have been very happy w/ our decision. Finally, why not demo both units on similar properties for yourself and see wqhich cuts/performs best. Remember if you bag, the Lesco unit will have to be fitted w/ a PECO or similar vac w/ a pony motor whereas the eXmark is spindle driven and requires no motor.
  4. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,087

    Well that statment is not true. There is a spindle driven triple bagger available.
    Aside from that I agree with everything else.

    You said your Lesco does not service equipment. So the choice between the two is a no-brainer.
  5. Eric 1

    Eric 1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,220

    Why would you buy a mower you can't get serviced?

    Between those two i would go with the Exmark, the seem to leave a better cut. IMO.
  6. chefdrp

    chefdrp LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,384

    the Lesco near me has a great service department. There are 2 lescos here for me.One is great in sales and the other is about 30 min from that and its great for repairs. if i go to Erie PA. (only 45 min from me) there is another Lesco. I havent been there for mowers or repairs. Just 3-way..
  7. wriken

    wriken LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,154

    I have a spindle drive (peco) type on my 60" tank, works pretty good. As far as repairs, about the only time any 3 of my cub tanks, was for electric clutch adjustment, but now I know how to do it. You maintain them they will work for you, that applies to all mowers, but there are some lemon type machines out there. I've had extremly good luck with my MTD/Lesco/Cub mowers, hopefully it will continue.
  8. slicklawns

    slicklawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    Firstly coming from a 36WB any ZT is going to seem the best thing. Exmark is a better mower and even more so if it's only a $1000 more than Lesco. I have the 54'' Lesco Z 2 and for what I do it serves me pretty well. But service centers are an issue with Lesco. Spindle driven versus pony motor, I'd go with the pony motor, why steal HP from your mower. Good luck
  9. davechick12

    davechick12 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    Have you had any problems with your lesco mowers ?
    thanks for the advice
  10. slicklawns

    slicklawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    Nothing major, other than wear and tear. The right hydro pump may need some work before season begins, 377 hrs on mower. Deck has V channel on front and is PITA to clean out. But as I said for what I need it does a good job.

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