Why I buy Exmark 30 inch lawn mowers

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by SSantor, Aug 19, 2013.

  1. SSantor

    SSantor LawnSite Member
    Messages: 204

    I bought 3 exmark 30 inch lawn mowers this spring. I was one of the test dummies. We had some problems with the transmissions on all three mowers. We had some cables breaking. It was frusturating early on. The transmission problems seemed to be worked out. The cable situation is taken care of by exmark redesigning the ball in the cable. I really like the exmark 30's. Yes there has been some adjustments that needed to be made, but I knew that would happen in the early stages. People on this site are asking if they should buy a 30 inch exmark. I would say yes if it applies to your situation. I love the cut, changing from discharge to mulch to bagging is simple. I really like Kawi engines. We save gas and you can run them a long time before you need a fill up. They are fast and much more productive then 21's. Easy for employee's to pick up. The self propel is easy on the hands. They are easy to turn. The ht adjustment is easy and it goes up to 5 inches. I love the timed blades. Maint. on the machine is easy. I haven't seen any turf tear or rutting. There are limitations on this machine as there are on any mower. They are not good on hills, if you have to cut super high grass this may not be the best machine. I really like the support I got from Exmark. I called and talked to them and they gave me honest feedback. They told me early that they had a tranny problem and they would correct it. They then added another year of warrantity for the trannys. They came out and said they needed to fix the cables and did. In a time when many business's don't live up to backing there product it was nice to talk with exmark's manager Paul Jurgens. Paul really helped me out and not with just talk but action. Every business encounters adversity, what that buisness does in those times separates them from the pack. This why I bought three 30's from exmark and will continue to buy exmark: It's a really good mower with really good support behind it. Just my honest opinion for other landscapers interested in this mower.
  2. LawnMan19

    LawnMan19 LawnSite Gold Member
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    I'm interrested in seeing some pics of the cut quality in damp grass or in the morning.What time do you guy's start cutting?
  3. Holland

    Holland LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 748

    Even though I'm looking to sell mine, I cut a yard with it Sunday and man it looked good. In the right conditions a truley awesome cut. Exmark as a company gets 5 stars from me!
  4. LawnMan19

    LawnMan19 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,284

    "In the right conditions"….…Yeah.
  5. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,104

    Heh. I was just looking at the Toros (residential and commercial) side by side today.

    I can't wrap my head around two grand for a push mower since I already own a 36" walk behind, but I am considering the residential model. Still a lot of money, but I don't know that for twice the price, the commercial version is twice as good. Better? yes, but two times better? I doubt it.

    Edit to add:
    I don't mean to come off the way that post reads - if the mowers work well for the OP, that's great and I'm happy to read the "review".
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts as every bit of info I can find will help me make an informed decision when I eventually DO make the purchase!
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2013
  6. TruSomethingOrOther

    TruSomethingOrOther LawnSite Member
    Messages: 171

    I've always purchased Snapper 21 commercial units. Built to last. Easy to maintain. Price is around $900. The cut is nice. But recently I've been tempted to try the 30's. Who knows. Maybe a spring purchase.
  7. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,378

    Next Monday I will hopefully demo an Exmark 30 and compare it directly to my Toro TimeMaster 30.

    I hope to see if it is really worth the extra money...extra weight and lack of Personal Pace and the fold up vertical handle....?
  8. lawnkingforever

    lawnkingforever LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,280

    Yep, thats what I was thinking too. Most mowers even a cheap throw away will cut good in the so called right conditions. Unfortunately I live in an area with alot of rain causing heavy growth and terrain with steep grades on many properties. These 30" mowers seem way too underpowered for my application. I would consider the residential timemaster over the commercial units because of the weight.
  9. LawnMan19

    LawnMan19 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,284

    Trust me they are, why would they think it's a good idea to put the same engine on this that's on a 21''.:nono:
  10. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,763

    Agreed. Some more power/torque, even if optional, will make this mower more appealing.

    All this talk makes my BOP Q32s with 16hp Kaw look like a monster truck in comparison.

    My biggest concern for these Toro/ExMark 30s was the timed-blade system from a reliability standpoint. And apparently this is a non-factor from what I've read. I can certainly see the advantages ~> from QOC to having a shorter deck.

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