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Why Do some hate Exmark???

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

  1. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,345

    Here in NH cutting wet grass is the way of life. With hot days and cool nights the dew doesnt burn off til 11am or so. Plus most of april and may is all rain. I have found three decks that cut good in the rain. Scag velocity, Gravely x-factor, and JD 7iron cut great not only in wet conditions but a wide variety.
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  2. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
    Messages: 2,768

    Scag makes a great product. Even the best mowers out there will have issues.

    NORTHMAN LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 313

    shovelracer,we're in the same area(more or less)I see far more Exmarks than any other mower,SCAG and Walker are second.If it's not getting to far off track,what problems did you have with your SCAG and what are you using now?
  4. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,345

    I just sold a Scag with over 3000 hours. I have operated 5000+ hour Scag TT's. They are one of the best built mowers IMO.
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  5. chipk1

    chipk1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 398

    I love my 52" Exmark Lazer z w kawi 27hp. 6 years old w/2200 hours Still has all original "sealed" bearings except 1 spindle. Cranks immediately every time. Just now starting to seep from rear crank seal but should be an easy fix. I see another 5 years of service easy. Great traction on hills.

    First mower was a Dixie "poc" chopper which was in the shop 7 times in the first 6 months before finally trading to my current exmark. 2 blown head gaskets, Bad camshaft, broken Deck linkage x2, starter problems x 3. Deck kept throwing belts, and 2 deck spindles at 300 hours. Garbage!
  6. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
    Messages: 2,745

    We've got 2-60" lazer Z, 2-48" TT, 1-36" Metro. With the Metro and 1 TT being 1 year or less old. We've also got a couple Kubotas. One reason we've always stuck with Exmark has been our dealer. They have stood behind all their products (Exmark, Toro, Gravely, CC, Stihl, Echo, Robin, Honda...) and that makes a big difference.

    I will say, yes, It's sometimes a pain to double cut in wet grass, but raising the deck up a notch on the second pass does away with a lot of that. I'd like to try a Scag, but there's not a dealer according to their site, for 100 miles from here. I think Exmark is getting up there in price, but for now, I'm willing to pay a little extra to have great support after the sale.
  7. shovelracer

    shovelracer LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,008

    Our machines now are all toro and exmark. I used to have a late 90's 52 WB and the thing was tough as nails. A few years ago I let the dealer sell me a 61 TT 29 Kaw DFI when they first came out. All I have to say is that mower was the biggest piece of garbage I ever put my eyes on. Heavy, bulky, poorly assembled, etc. Right from day one we had issues with assembly problems from spindles to pulleys to wheels. Not all of it was dealer assembler related. The deck top was thin and not reenforced properly and ultimately led to spindle misalignment from impacts that any red mower had shrugged off. The motor had all sorts of issues, particularly underpowered, loped, and ran poorly in cold weather. The cut took months of tweaking to get acceptable till the deck went south. Then I'll add that the damn thing was so heavy it would get stuck at least once a month. Never had an issue with any others. To the scags defense it was comfortable, looked good, and eventually left a nice cut/stripe however broken mowers do not make money.

    I also bought a 2009 Grandstand which everyone knows was a huge lemon. That mower was equally as bad, but still I would fit an entire fleet with those before I buy another orange machine. I also realize everyone has their preference and area and dealer support influences it. For us even though red machine support has been weakened by orange dealer incentives, red still works best for us.
  8. dathorpe

    dathorpe LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 486

    This is the first time in my 30 years in the lawn business I have heard this about Scag. After running Toro Z Masters and Exmark Lazers for over a decade, I was so impressed with them that I switched. I now own Turf Tigers. Honestly, I've never been huge on the Exmark Lazer. But, to each their own.

    NORTHMAN LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 313

  10. buckhigh

    buckhigh LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 279

    I only and will only run Exmark. Hands down the best cut money will buy. Don't be fooled by impostors...
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