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Mower for 1/2+ acre

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by gheedunk, Jul 9, 2006.

  1. gheedunk

    gheedunk LawnSite Member
    from SC
    Messages: 4

    I moved from a 0.06 acre fescue to a .58 acre bermuda, and my Honda 21" does not have the power to do the job. I need to upgrade to a more powerful mower, but I am at a loss to which deck size I need. A 36" cut would save a lot of time, but garage space is an issue as well, and from spec sheets, the 36" is always longer than the 48" (for stability I surmise).

    I used to run with a crew that had Exmark 36" and 48" Metros, and I am seriously looking at that brand because of past experience. However, the Husqvarna/Toro dealer is on my way to work, and the Husqvarna WB (36 and 48) are 4-500 in^2 smaller than the Metros and 3-400 in^2 smaller than the Toros. The Toro also has a 40" option which would be a comprimise of cutting width and garage space. Any mower I buy will have a Kawasaki twin, belt drive, fixed deck, and ECS/T-Bar, so four less variables.

    Since I thought I could get away with a 5.5HP 21" on my lawn, I obviously was not expecting to purchase a mower, and so financing options have become a strong selling point. Toro has none to my knowledge, Exmark has no payments no interest for 9 months, and Husqvarna has no payments, no interest for 12 months.

    So, bottom line is that I need some advise from professionals as to:

    1) 36", 40", or 48" deck for a .58 acre bermuda?
    2) Toro, Exmark, or Husqvarna (from a strict product reliability, quality of cut standpoint)
    3a) How likely will the dealer be to haggle if he knows I will finance?
    3b) How likely will the dealer drop the selling price enough to beat the financing?
    4) Which brand (and/or deck size) will I be more likely to get a deal?

    Thanks in advance!!

  2. hmartin

    hmartin LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 590

    Lots of people love Exmark. It could not be over 10 minutes difference in cutting your lawn with any of these decks. Save some money and get the 36.
  3. EMWEB

    EMWEB LawnSite Member
    Messages: 145

    Get a SCAG Turf Tiger with 52" deck. . . . Through in no time . . .
  4. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    Complete overkill. I would go with a toro T-Bar 36'' with a sulky. The T-Bar is really great and ECS is only available on hydro models I believe. Wouldnt want ECS on a belt drive anyway, too much pressure on your thumbs.
  5. DJL50

    DJL50 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 269

    FYI Toro and Exmark are the same company. When looking at ZTR's the Toro had better specks and cost a little less.
    I purchased a Toro 3 weeks ago and got 0% till next year. It's all up to the dealer.
  6. Lumberjack

    Lumberjack LawnSite Member
    Messages: 180

    if its a fairly level and smooth lot take a look over at the gravely @ home 34" model. Its a good mower but slips a lot on slopes.
  7. Brendan Smith

    Brendan Smith LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    check out the better outdoor products quick 36, i don't think there is financing available, but it has a really solid reputation
  8. TAZ

    TAZ LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 344

    I'll second the Q36. it's about as short as a 21" push mower, costs less, hydro and more than enough power for what I need anyway.


    BUCKEYE MOWING LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,169

    I am on board with the 36 ...it is a great machine............esp. for the price
  10. gheedunk

    gheedunk LawnSite Member
    from SC
    Messages: 4

    Thanks for all the feedback. I am intrigued with the Quick 36, I hadn't even heard of it.

    I'll be visiting the eXmark dealer tomorrow to take a look and talk price on a Metro 36. I'll likely make a decision in the next two weeks.

    I REALLY like the small size of the Quick, but why is it so much shorter than the leading comm 36? Also, is a single hydro closer to belt drive as far as maneuverability or wheel hydro.

    For those who own Quick 36, how different are the controls than traditional pistols or ECS? From the pics they look like bicycle handlebars with caliper brake handles; pretty flimsy looking.


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