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Hey all...I just purchased a used Troy Bilt wide cut mower 33inch deck...i got a great deal on it- under $900...it retails for about 1400..anyway..i figured I'd give it a shot....I haven't been happy with the cut...and the blades are sharp....I have an acre of lawn that I mow...and it seems that the pick-up or "Vacuum action" on this mower isn't very good...anyone else use this mower before?.....also If I decide to get rid of it...what would anyone suggest for buying a commercialwalk behind- pref. would be a 36-48 inch deck tops...under 2500...suggestions welcome....i mostly mulch when i mow so i am looking for something that mulches and "stripes" the lawn well and of course gets a "clean" cut
 

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Watch those front plastic wheels on the Troy Built. My friend has one and he says that they break easily.
 

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SHM,

I went through the same decisions as you earlier this year. I first got to try out a troy bilt. It is a good homeowner machine but it is not suited for commercial applications and it does not leave a good cut. Like you, I noticed that the mower lacked air flow and thus the grass was never lifted up and seemed like it was being matted. Then I got to try a 32" Toro and a 32" Ferris Hydro. Both were like being taken from the dark ages into the 21st century especially with the Ferris. They are way stronger, more productive and leave a much nicer cut. My advice to you is if you have the work and the money, sell the Troybilt and go out a get a nice commericial walk behind. You will be much happier and more confident when cutting and your customers will probably be more confident in you. Good Luck.
 

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Joed..thanks so much for the feedback...i thought i was going nuts when i would literally see the mower blow away a leaf instead of mulching it with the troy bilt.....i was looking at the snapper 36 inch version...but i will take a look at the toro...not sure if there is a ferris dealer around here...what kind of prices am i looking at for those?...i'd like to spend less than 2500....i was also looking at the John deere Gs30 and gs45...2500 and 2900 respectively....

thanks again
 

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okay- so if i get rid of the troy bilt - here are my options...and I'm not sure of prices here....i don't want to spend over 2500...I'd prefer 2000

anyway-here are my options
exmark metro 36 inch deck maybe HP model...price?
snapper 32 inch..i think there 36 inch is too expensive?
toro -32 or 36 inch deck


any thoughts?
any prices?.....the 36 inch fixed deck for the exmark metro 2g
others?
 

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Shm,

I have one of those 33" troy-bilt's I started with 5 years ago. I bought mine used for $250 in exc cond. and have never had any problems with it. I don't use it as much as I used to, but I still keep it around. Mine always cut great, but the trick is to not cut off too much at once with that machine. I think an acre might be a bit tiring to cut with that mower, but they work great for the postage stamp lawns.
 

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wow 250 bucks ...now that was a good deal...i'll admit i'm a little torn because the dealer that i bought the troy bilt from is a toro and snapper dealer...amongst others-mostly MTD owned companies..anyway,I'm not sure what kind of prices i can get for 36 inch decks snapper/Toro...the exmark seems to be the best deal...i'm going to either return the troy bilt...get a full refund or use it toward a new snapper or Toro....if they won't give me a refund...i'll probably sell it back...and go to another dealer and buy an exmark-hopefully i won't get killed on this one...i've only used the troy bilt a handfull of times...but i know i'm not satisfied.
 

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You can get a 15 kawi-v twin 48" belt/pistol eXmark Metro for $ 2299.95 new or going with ECS stuff for $ 2899.95 if you like the ECS on belt model. Get rid of that Troy stuff, wow, you mow with those, try real commercial WB and never look at those wanna-be again.
Feel the strength of 7-guage steel deck and real steel handle and say...wow all day.:)) BTW, it weighs about 450+ lbs.
 

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SHM,

Of all the machines you are looking at, I'd probably be focusing on either the toro or exmark, but that's just a personal preference. If you were to get a 32" fixed deck toro, you are essentially getting an exmark (as the deck is the same) but only with t-bar steering, which is very easy and enjoyable to use. Toro also has a floating 32" deck with a single blade but that has a tendency to scalp anything under 3". Again, if you can find a ferris dealer, look at the 32" ferris hydro. Having instant forward and reverse is fantastic although you do have to manually steer this unit. Here in Canada, the toro 32" and ferris 32" are both around $4 000 Canadian which is about $2 500 U.S. The John Deere GS30 is also a great unit but the pistol grip system can be a pain to use.
 

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The deck is NOT the same on Toros as they are on eXmarks. Go look at both and then comment. Toro decks are thinner, by far. eXmark has reinforced their decks, Toro is HOME OWNER( mostly ) equipment, no matter how much they say it's commercial.

We all know Toro bought out eXmark, but why are they still making both? Because they are so much different.


~Nest
 

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this info is from only looking at the websites ...but it seems that the ferris unit is the same exact unit as the snapper 32inch...except they changed the name of course...they even use the same exact pictures on their web-sites!

I'm going back to the dealer today...he also has gravely...so maybe i'll look at those as well....i am leaning toward the exmark...which means i sell back the troy and switch dealers
I've never used the exmark so i am just going by what info you all have given me...thanks so much i do appreciate it!
 
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