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Tips on using the exmark ECS controls

cpt87gn

LawnSite Member
Hi well i finally bought my walkbehind 36" exmark metro with ecs handles . but its kind of hard to control. Im use to using the toro 36" with the t bar controls. Which was much easier .Can you give me some pointers
 

ToroLandscaper

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Chattanooga,TN
The ECS controls can be very sensitive and take a minute to get used to, but when you get used to them they are fantastic.

Only pointers I have is just realize that they are normally pretty sensitive or touchy...
 

cgaengineer

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Winder, GA
Hi well i finally bought my walkbehind 36" exmark metro with ecs handles . but its kind of hard to control. Im use to using the toro 36" with the t bar controls. Which was much easier .Can you give me some pointers
That's why I got a Toro T2, I hated the ECS controls...they seemed backwards to me.
 

markahurley

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Greenville, SC
learn in a big open area. i'd say that's a huge one. :) i've trained guys in parking lots, and even still it's amazing how they still manage to end up hitting things. :)

take your time, select a low gear speed to begin with. when you let out the ECS controls, do it gradually. when you bring them back in, practice finding the sweet spot where it's in neutral. if you're used to running other walk behinds, your tendency is going to be to want to grab the handles too tightly when it feels like it's out of control. but when you grab them too tightly, it will kick it into reverse and then you'll really get confused. and the mower is going to jump around like crazy too. :)

just take your time, try to keep your movements smooth and controlled, and practice finding that "sweet spot" of neutral between forward and reverse.
 
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cpt87gn

LawnSite Member
Im sure i can learn but the problem is that my dad is the one who suppose to use the WB and I do the trimming and blowing ect. But we only used push mowers before.Its going to be intresting.He's never even driven a car before lol...
 

markahurley

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Greenville, SC
Im sure i can learn but the problem is that my dad is the one who suppose to use the WB and I do the trimming and blowing ect. But we only used push mowers before.Its going to be intresting.He's never even driven a car before lol...
get out the video camera. that first experience will be one worth remembering.
 

DT Lawn Care

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Grand Rapids, MI
The controls are the same as most belt drives, except the the grips are inverted. Now I realize you have a T-Bar, I have one too, it really is different. Once you get used to the ECS I'm sure you will like them. Good Luck
 
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