Why I buy Exmark 30 inch lawn mowers

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

  1. LawnMan19

    LawnMan19 LawnSite Gold Member
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    No they don't spin fast enough, or have enough power to keep it going. They stay turning but very slowly...
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  2. ducnut

    ducnut LawnSite Bronze Member
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    My wheels simply don't rotate. The engine is running at WOT (~3600rpm-tach verified), my drive handle is fully down, and the wheels don't pull the mower.

    I received a recall for something with the left blade and a washer. When I take it in, I'm going to have it looked at, as the lack of drive is ridiculous.

    Side discharge, for me. Mulching just sends all the clippings to the right side and windrows them. There's no baffle on the front wall, so the blades aren't compartmentalized. I don't bag anything.

    I'll experiment more, in 2014, as I just got the mower at the end of the season.
     
  3. lawnsaspire

    lawnsaspire LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I sold my toro turfmaster because I found it terribly cumbersome and unbalanced to use. I still own two timemasters. I'm trying to debate if I should stick with the timemasters as a main tiny yard mower, go with y bravo, or perhaps go with an exmark 30. I realize it is as heavy as the timemaster but I've heard the controls and overall balance are way better. Any thoughts on those that have used both? I have a friend who said I could use his for a day so I won't be going into it blindly. Also, are the transmissions on the commercial machines the same design as what's on the timemaster? Thank you!
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  4. Ready to Mow

    Ready to Mow LawnSite Silver Member
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    Yes they're the same.
     
  5. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Platinum Member
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    The new Toro's have the same bail system as Exmark now. I own a Timemaster and Exmark 30". I will look again but I think the commercial transmission is different. PartsTree might have a breakdown with numbers if you want to check.
     
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  6. Kaioh

    Kaioh LawnSite Member
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    Timemaster, turfmaster, and exmark commerical 30" are same mower size, idlers and pulleys so they all will have same issues..... Only different is motors and transmission that it.... Timemaster is residential cause motor, briggs and stratton arent that great while turfmaster and exmark commerical 30 are commercially they use good motor Kawasaki fj180v kai that work daily with mirror issue that it.
     
  7. Kaioh

    Kaioh LawnSite Member
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    And briggs and Stratton 875 is worse than Kawasaki fj180v kai but briggs stratton 1000 have more torques
     
  8. preventec47

    preventec47 LawnSite Member
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    Help! my eXmark commercial 30 is nearly killing me. I am a residential guy in Atlanta and lately we
    have had good sun and rain nearly every day. The grass is growing fast and thick and I cant stand that
    I spent big bucks for this commercial unit and I have to go at a snails pace to let it cut or go forward 2
    feet and then pull back 2 feet to let it get a 2nd chance to cut all the grass. This is in hot mid day
    when there is no moisture on the grass. I'm ready to buy a new bigger motor if it will fit. Does anyone
    know which bigger motor might fit ? I am just throwing all the grass out the side with no baggers
    and my blades are sharp like steak knives to help with the cutting but for sure this AINT NO commercial
    mower. If I was getting paid I would be starving waiting for this mower to get done and or having to
    cut most everything twice. (cutting on Sat and Sun or once a week) every three days it would probably
    cut ok but who has that much time ! I am really po'ed now that I found out they used the same motor
    on the 21 inch model. BTW.. I cut on a slight incline and what works good for me is to power straight
    up the hill real slow ( slow to let it cut good ) and then without turning the mower around let gravity
    pull it back down real slow on the next pass. I think that this gives more power to the blade and it
    seems to cut just a bit faster. Before I give up on this I am going to try to rig the carb somehow
    to run at higher rpms... I have a cheap little sears push mower with a Briggs engine on it
    probably running at 5000 rpms (bypassing the governor) that sounds like a chainsaw. I know it
    is going to blow up soon but it is real fun to use. I only paid $25 for it at garage sale with
    the throttle cable all messed up. That is the mower I use for trimming around bushes etc.

    Anyway. AVOID the eXmark commercial 30 as it is terrible for being so low powered which
    is a shame because in every other aspect it is a TANK. Seriously I'll pay to put a bigger
    motor if possible on it.
     
  9. Ready to Mow

    Ready to Mow LawnSite Silver Member
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    That's why I bought the time master. I can't believe toro/Exmark thought we were too dumb to not notice.
     
  10. preventec47

    preventec47 LawnSite Member
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    BTW- I've been looking at the carb linkages for the Kaw FJ180 to see if I could somehow override
    the governor but I am not sure it uses a governor. I dont see any throttle lever that I can turn
    manually like I can on Briggs and Kohlers etc. On my machine it just appears that they just picked
    an 80 percent throttle level and called it the jack rabbit. It doesnt matter if it blows up as I
    am going to toss it and get a much faster cutting rider if I cannot find a bigger motor that will
    drop right in. Any experience, wisdom or suggestions with dealing with the KAW FJ180 on the commercial 30's ?
     

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