Why Do some hate Exmark???

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by AMW Landscaping, May 23, 2013.

  1. AMW Landscaping

    AMW Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    Personally I don't see a problem with Exmark mowers, but seems like on many of these threads, everyone talks crap about Exmark. What is the deal with that?
  2. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    Every single trailer I see in my area is loaded with exmark

    The stripes are untouchable IMO. I see a couple gravelys a day. But never the holy Gail Scags
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  3. AMW Landscaping

    AMW Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yea, i see a lot of them to, but on many of these threads, people just disrespect them and say how crapy they are.
  4. CurbAppealKS

    CurbAppealKS LawnSite Senior Member
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    The only thing I see is the talk about the poor cut quality when it's wet/damp. This is simply because of the deck design. You can't have a deck that cuts perfectly in dry without having side affects in wet. I'm experiencing this right now with my super z. I have it setup where it cuts remarkably well when dry, but I have never had to scrape a deck more than I have this year because of the wet conditions.
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  5. retrodog

    retrodog LawnSite Silver Member
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    I think the toro buy out really changed the focus of the company. It seems to always happen when good small companies get swallowed up by corporations that are more profit minded. Used to 2 to 1 every commercial mower bought was an exmark mower, now with toro mark theu have lost alot of ground. Companies like gravely and bad boy are throwing out larger volume now and starting to lead the industry. I am hearing alot of extra factories closing, laying off assembly lines, mower companies in the red, all while bb and gravely are all over the news about expansions yearly and opening up new lines. I honestly believe the corporate viewpoint hits a company, they lose that innovative and stand alone drive. We had 2 major players here running exmark left, but this year one of them bought a 329b 61 hopper, and the other a 54" bb law, and both said never again on the red paint they were fed up. One got stuck with a triton deck, and the other got fed up with the price increases..
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  6. caseysmowing

    caseysmowing LawnSite Silver Member
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    Lots here. Only bad I here about is the poor cut when wet. They do do a great job when the conditions are right. Scag is really picking up now in my area. Local ace sells a good bit of BB but mostly residential. For a small town ( 10,000) I can go 5 miles from my house and buy DC, BB, toro,scag,gravely,exmark,woods,kubota, grasshopper, and husky. Go another 5 miles ferris, snapper,Deere,hustler, big dog, and probably a few more. To say it lightly we have a lot of small time competition far as mowing goes.
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  7. AMW Landscaping

    AMW Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    I guess another problem besides the wet cutting is the price. Exmarks are a little pricey
  8. Colonel Forbin

    Colonel Forbin LawnSite Member
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    In northern Ohio all you see on trailers is Scag, Walker and Exmark, next to these mowers I'll see some Toro. Never even see a Bad Boy, Gravely, or any of the other mentioned mowers. I have an Exmark and as far as cut quality goes I have the best cut in my neighborhood of 60 houses. The house around the corner outside my development rivels any cut I've any seen, pretty much perfect and it's cut with an exmark.
  9. jones68

    jones68 LawnSite Senior Member
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    every mower has its advantages and drawbacks. I run exmark. when its dry it cuts flawlessly. when its wet i have to slow down a bit or double cut. the differences are in the baffles of the deck. exmark front baffles hug the blades where the scag deck is open in the front providing a straight shot out for the cut grass. the exmark kind of cuts the grass 2-3 times before it exits the deck so the clippings are smaller but they clump in wet. where the scag clumps less but throws out larger clippings.
  10. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
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    The only complaint I have for exmarks are wet cutting, and cutting in stringy grass. That's the only gripes I have really seen on the site. Oh. And the ridiculous prices
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