List of Brands

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  1. mKp7Tn1

    mKp7Tn1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 38

    Altoz
    Ariens
    Bad Boy
    Bolens - *
    Bradley
    Bush Hog
    Craftsman - *
    Cub Cadet
    Dixie Chopper
    Exmark
    Ferris
    Gravely
    Husqvarna
    Hustler
    John Deere
    Kubota
    Land Pride
    MTD - *
    Poulan Pro
    RedMax
    Ryobi
    Sarlo
    Scag
    Scotts - *
    Simplicity
    Snapper - *
    Snapper Pro
    Spartan
    Toro - *
    Troy Built - *
    Walker
    Woods
    Worldlawn
    Wright
    Yard Machines - *

    * - indicates store brand

    MTD: Troy-Bilt, Bolens, Yard Man, Yard Machines, Cub Cadet, MTD, Dynamark, YardPro, Weed Eater, Noma, Sears Craftsman

    Ariens: Gravely

    Snapper: Briggs and Straton

    Doing some research on my next mower and came up with the above list of brands/manufacturers.

    A lot of brands to wade through and some aren't available in all areas.

    It makes me wonder how industrialized or over-the-counter the lawn mower business really is. To build a mower order the engine, transaxles, pulleys and bearings, fabricate a frame and a deck. Bolt it all together, add some tires, belts, levers, blades and voila. Well... obviously that's over simplistic but still with several central manufacturers for things like engines (Briggs and Straton, Kawasaki, etc...) and transmissions (Hydro-Gear) and I'd guess other parts it does seem fairly cut and dried.

    Let me know if I'm missing any manufacturers.
     
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  2. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
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    Although the engines and transmissions are primarily the same, now that I'm demoing some models to replace my Gravelys, its easy to see they're all not the same. The way each mower handles and the quality of cut are the two biggest differences.
     
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  3. mKp7Tn1

    mKp7Tn1 LawnSite Member
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    What factors does the term "quality of cut" generally encompass in engineering terms? i.e. how well the grass is cut at speed, when mulching, when wet, dry, thin, thick, tall, short etc... (Genuine question not trying to be smart a**).

    These are the brands/models I can choose from, the Gravely Compact Pro 34 is just too expensive and of course there's other brands but not in the ZT 34-36" range. The stand up / walk behinds like JD 636M are also too expensive.

    Toro MX3450
    Snapper Pro S50XT
    Ferris F60Z 36"
    Scag Liberty Z 36"
     
  4. mKp7Tn1

    mKp7Tn1 LawnSite Member
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  5. Wye Oak Tree

    Wye Oak Tree LawnSite Silver Member
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    Good list. Also:

    Schiller
    Parent company to these brands:
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  6. mKp7Tn1

    mKp7Tn1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 38

    Another one (Discontinued, was purchased by Ariens):

    Great Dane
     
  7. DaveHuisman

    DaveHuisman LawnSite Member
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    There are few brands I notice you missed. Bob-Cat Manufactured by Schiller Grounds Care, as well as Mean Green Mowers and Grasshopper Mowers.
     
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  8. mKp7Tn1

    mKp7Tn1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 38

    Add another to the list:

    Swisher
     
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  9. mKp7Tn1

    mKp7Tn1 LawnSite Member
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    BobCat/Schiller/Grasshopper were mentioned in comments before yours as it doesn't seem possible to edit the original post.

    Mean Green is new to the list.
     
  10. Razorblades

    Razorblades LawnSite Bronze Member
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    How about Country Clipper.
     
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