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Going to an repo auction tomorrow and have my heart set on a Exmark hp 44" with 20 hp kohler. This mower only has 18 hours on it. There is also a Toro with 44" with 17 hp Kawi with 11 hours. however, there is only one 52" Toro being auctioned with a large majority of mowers being 60".


I think 60" is too much for the type yards I will be doing (residential less than 1 1/2 acres), so what is the opinions of the Exmark?

I also think the Toro is a little underpowered with only a 17 on it, but I have not used it.... any help would be apprecaited in the decision making process..........
 

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yeah, I wouldn't even bother with thw Toro. It's just underpowered, considering you are pushing two hydro motors, too. I would certainly look into the 60's, though. Your lawns are NOT too small for a 60. I have a boatload of 1/2 acre lots I cut, and I run 60's.
 

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I would love to have a 60", and it has to be the favorite size in ZTRs in general, but you know your yards. (as long as I can turn around, I never think any size is too big...but I over compensate... don't ask...he he he)

Since you have your heart set on the eXmark 44/20, follow your heart, and get it.
 

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there are about 7 Exmarks 60" with either 23 or 27 hp below 100 hours on them going for auction, I will wait and see what is going to happen................


never been to one of these before and dont know what to expect ....................
 

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I can't speak to the 60s (no experience) but do have a Toro 44 w/ Kaw 17.

It is slightly underpowered under a VERY heavy load but does most things we want.

We use it a lot but don't think it is particulary a good piece of equipment. BUT... if the price is right, you can do a lot of medium sized props and make money with it.

As a point of reference, we have two SCAG Tiger Cub 48s with KAW 19. Both are far, far superior to this Toro.

Good luck,
Tom
 

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Dont be suprised if the prices these mowers bring at auction are about what you can buy a new one for. Thats just the way auctions are. Take a price list of what they cost new from the dealer of what you are looking to buy. Sometimes you can find a good deal.
 

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Yeah I was wondering that because the lady at the auction told me "yeah they usually go fo less than half price" but I thought that was just to get people there............


It is a repo auction though, so I thought it would mean that the machines would have no owners
 

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I have noticed that on ebay too there is an inordinate number of 60" deck mowers being sold. I would assume they are less numerous than 52" but on Ebay they are the majority. I wonder if it could be people selling them because they realized they either needed less mower (too heavy for constant turns in smaller lawns and too wide for gates and narrow grass strips) or more (72" better on the really wide areas). That, or that mower size attracts a lot of ........... who fail early in the biz and sell out.

My personal take on it is to buy something more medium sized (48-52) if you're doing lawns with lots of landscaped areas, but the 60 would work if you're just mowing rectangles of grass like I see in the midwest. Just remember every yard it's too big to fit on you have to go to your 2nd best unit, so if that's a 21" or 36" you're losing some of the productivity you gain with the 60".

Also, a big 60 can cause a little more turf damage and may scare customers more.
 

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Grasssin, I hope you get a great deal but I have to agree with specialtylc. Spring is all but here and I bet you'll have a BUNCH of people there to get them. I go to a lot of auctions and I have a feeling that they will get ALL they are worth on Saturday. Just have your figures and WADE IN!!!

Good Luck and let us know what happened!
 
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