Pulled the trigger/ New Exmark 30 for me...

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by rbljack, Mar 5, 2013.

  1. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
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    There's the wider cut for sure saving time. But turning your mower around LESS TIMES at the end of each swath/row/line/etc is where time is saved as well.
  2. lawnkingforever

    lawnkingforever LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yep. Narrow gated yards where nothing else will fit but a 21" would be a plus for owning this mower. Also it would come in handy for smaller yards where the owner does not want larger mowers. There might be a use on hills where bigger equipment cannot get to.

    As far as a trim mower I dont see it being more efficient than a quick and lightweight 21". I have many properties where I use the 21" just for a couple spots. Do I really want to wrestle around with this monstrosity of a pushmower for a couple passes. Once I see how this mower does on hills and as a trim mower then I will decide at that point.
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  3. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'm still under the impression that the 35# lighter TimeMaster is a better option for trim and limited use as long as there not as much steep up and down hills drills where the personal pace is challenged.

    For some reason many are missing the point on this class of mower compared to a bigger heavier WB that has side discharge and a side catcher. It's called a rear bagger for those of use who are stuck bagging some of the time.
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  4. b121774

    b121774 LawnSite Member
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    Just got back from the dealer with another Exmark 30. The more we use them, the more I see the benefits. It is stopping my guys from using the Navigator or Walker on lawns that are to small for it and to big for the 21's. I can't stand when I have to go repair a bunch of stuff from them using the Nav. on lawns where it should not have been used. It's also stopping the complaints of some customer's who feel a large mower on a smaller lawn is no bueno. Also lawn's that have had constant mowings from a 21 will develop rut's. Even if pattern is rotated weekly it can still happen. The 30's larger rear wheels plus the wider width help not rut. And of course the 1/3 reduction in mowing time. Have been on some thick lawns and it bog's no worse than my Toro Commercial 21's.
  5. PremierT&L

    PremierT&L LawnSite Member
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    I picked up 2 of the exmark 30s a few days ago, and my guys have been using them. So far I am really impressed with these mowers. The QOC is very good and they bag very well. They are also pretty user friendly. I think we will get a lot of good use out of these mowers.
  6. stansoph

    stansoph LawnSite Member
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  7. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
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    Been using my exmark 30 for a few days now, cutting at 2 to 2.5 inches and so far i love it. Only issue i had with power was cutting a lawn that had been sodded late last fall and was fertilized 3 times over the winter... It was pretty shaggy by the time it went dormant and was already growing some. 2.5" height and taking off 4 to 5 inches it really bogged down, engine slowed to maybe half rpms and i was crawling in spots but.... The cut was perfect, i mean perfect, and it filled the bag FULL every time and never clogged. Aside from needing 10 horsepower to get thru that I'd say it did very well! Everything else I've cut has just been mowing off the tops, cuyting 1 to 3 inches off and kt has done great. Faster than a 21" by far and a shade faster than my 36" walker due to being able to go faster. The walker 36 has to be ran at snail speed most of the time to get it to suck up embeded leaves, which it still does poorly, and to just get it to cut.

    Now i just need to turn my help loose with it, lol. I haven't let him use my new toy yet. Haha
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    NEW CITY LAWN CARE LLC LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have the Exmark version, what blades are available and where?
  9. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
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    Blades that shipped on that mower are the higher lift ones.

    Last years Toro TimeMaster 30 blades are the same shape and profile but have less bend and lift.

    The Exmark Mulch baffle kit and blades...? Don't Know yet....might be just the lower lift ones.

    Once I find out I'll post.

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    NEW CITY LAWN CARE LLC LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yea mine came standard with mulch kit and the gator looking blades, ok cool just would like spare blades, etc
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