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What is wrong with Encore?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Patriots, Jan 4, 2006.

  1. Patriots

    Patriots LawnSite Member
    Messages: 185

    I see quite a few people in here bashing Encore, why? What is wrong with the machine outside of not being an Exmark, Toro, or Scag? I have never seen anyone with a specific reason to bash Encore, it's a "just because" thing. It's funny the way some of y'all will trash a company, or machine, for no appear ant reason - if it doesn't cost the most than it must not be any good is the mentality behind many posts.

    I currently own an Encore Z42, and have been looking at the new Extreme 60. I did not have single problem with the Z42 this past year, and would call it my most reliable piece of equipment - not one break down, or issue. To spend an additional 4 - 5 thousand for a Scag, or Exmark seems almost ridiculous - anyones opinions, comments, or experience with the Extreme series is much appreciated.
  2. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,700

    For me it's a couple of things. The lack of serious engine options for starters. The biggest engine available for the top of the line Extreme is either the 25 horse B&S or the 25 horse Kaw. The biggest engines available for ZTRs are the 32 horse Generac and the 35 horse B&S. To only have a 25 horse engine available doesn't exactly scream "Extreme".

    If I remember correctly they are very long mowers too. I use a 75" long ZTR and I can turn it around in places that most walkbehinds won't turn. I can also get 2 of them on a 12 foot trailer. The Encore ZTR I looked at was at least a foot longer.

    While the Encore does have a lot of features in my opinion they are overly complex too.

    We have a dealer in my area but he doesn't move a lot of them and they are generally regarded as starter mowers.

    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,138

    I don't bash,engine options,pump size,resale,cut,was a lot to do with a mower.

    WREBELMACHINE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,089

    There is nothing wrong with encore. There good quality machines! The Prowler mid cut is 82" long! As far as engine options they have a good range of Hp although lacking in diesel power but from what I understand that is about to change! Were I am at Encore is getting stronger in it's market presence. Mostly due to an outstanding dealer.
  5. dr.lawn21

    dr.lawn21 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 65

    I, too have nothing bad to say about Encore. My Z42 was my first Z mower over 8 years ago, and although I have had several other mowers come and go since, I still have it today as a back-up mower.
  6. cborden

    cborden LawnSite Member
    from 46140
    Messages: 177

    I don't think I've ever even seen a Encore. Who makes them and who normally sells them? But who knows, I've never seen a Lesco either.:waving:
  7. Patriots

    Patriots LawnSite Member
    Messages: 185

    A Kawi 25hp, is not bad for a 60'' cut, they also offer a B&S v-twin 25. As far as the pumps go 2 Parker Pumps and a 3qt reservoir.
  8. Travis Followell

    Travis Followell LawnSite Silver Member
    from KY
    Messages: 2,206

    They offer a 27 hp LC Kawasaki and have recently added a Generac and briggs vanguard options but not sure what hp they are.
  9. bigcutup

    bigcutup LawnSite Member
    Messages: 35

    WREBELMACHINE, I am in Joplin. Where is there an outstanding Encore Dealer in this area???
  10. ken6224

    ken6224 LawnSite Member
    from Ga
    Messages: 43

    I have been looking at getting a new mower and the dealer here can't or want even call back with pricing, if you can't even get a price on one I bet parts would be a nightmare.

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