Which of these two should i buy?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by rookiemower, May 19, 2005.

  1. rookiemower

    rookiemower LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    I was at my two local dealers today. One had a new, Exmark hydro 15hp kaw. 48" walkbehind with pistol grips and floating deck for $3700. I didnt know if this was a good deal but it seems good. The other had a bobcat walkbehind 48" deck 15hp kaw. for $2500 (beltdrive). Now i know there is no way to compare the two because one is hydro, but does anyone know if that is a good deal because then i'll jump on the hydro instead of the belt. One more question, do the pistol grip exmarks have a reverse or no. I want to put a castering sulky on it, and i WANT a hydro with reverse :cool2:
  2. Jeff@SGLC.ca

    Jeff@SGLC.ca LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 576

    I don't think you would be happy with the pistol grips. My dealer doesn't even bring them in, they just aren't very comfortable, go with the ECS. Hydro vs Belt, of course you know the answer to that question.
  3. Sweetwater

    Sweetwater LawnSite Member
    Messages: 66

    Agreed...ECS is great. '04 Viking (hydro/fixed 15/48 kohler) here is 3800.00 with ECS.
  4. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
    Messages: 3,256

    Yes, any hydro has reverse, instant reverse. SOOooooo much better then belt drive!
  5. Appalachian landscape

    Appalachian landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 453

    make sure it's a hydro, that sounds like a belt drive price. other wise it's a good deal, I bet he can't give those pistol grips away on a exmark :p
  6. daltonbuck

    daltonbuck LawnSite Member
    Messages: 36

    Go with the eXmark, by far. The $$$ difference will be well worth it.
  7. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,731

    It could be the real price it may be brand new but it sounds like the exmark is 3-4 years old I do not think exmark has made hydros with thos handles in quite some time.
  8. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,177

    You can get the eXmarks either way. The ECS is a $200 to $300 option. So you can add it on later.
  9. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,731

    It was in the catalogue last year and I inquired about it in March and was told no more were being built. I tried for months to get one but no luck so I doubt its last years or this years. When I spoke to Terry from exmark on their forum he pretty much told me they do not want to offer anything but ECS anymore.
  10. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,652

    Sheee... 2005 48" T-bar/fixed Gear-drive 15hp Kohler Toro is 3000...
    3300 w/ the velke, which you need if you plan on using it at its rated speed of 6.2mph

    Why does everyone go with the crap, why no Toro folks?

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