Yes or No ? Exmark/Toro 30" mower

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  1. Porcupine Lawn and Snow

    Porcupine Lawn and Snow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 334

    Timemasters here in the GTA is all I saw.
    In Aurora I saw a homeowner using a Turfmaster (Toro) on a fairly big lawn...
    The tranny problems are mainly for the eXmarks because eXmark made the design a little different. Still, I would advise agianst. Wait for 2014. There is some talk of Toro 22155/22156/22197/22198 wheels to be put on just a larger diameter and a larger S/D hole... And of course probably better drive system.
  2. LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 756

    Hey thanks Porcupine, I typically wouldn't buy a 1st generation product, but this mower has had everyone intrigued. Thanks for the info.
  3. Porcupine Lawn and Snow

    Porcupine Lawn and Snow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 334

    Yeah man, glad I could help.
    I know this is off topic but does Alpine sell Shindiawa articulated hedge trimmers? Thanks
  4. LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 756

    I don't know if they sell that brand, I use stihl articulating hedge trimmer attachment and I am very happy with, also the chainsaw attachment comes in handy. For handheld hedge trimmers I use the hs45 and just got an hs81t, its a nice upgrade from the hs45.
  5. Porcupine Lawn and Snow

    Porcupine Lawn and Snow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 334

    I was thinking of trying something different but I think i'll just stick with Stihl then. I like the 45 and my buddy just got a 81t and a Shindiawia articulated hedge trimmer.
    I have the articulated attachment that I use on a 110 too.
  6. Utah Lawn Care

    Utah Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,555

    The Exmark Commercial 30 has been my main mower all season. I would hate to not have it. It's a great machine.
  7. SSantor

    SSantor LawnSite Member
    Messages: 204

    I agree with Cedar we love our three exmark 30's. The gas tanks are good size. You don't have to refuel after every lawn. Some days we only refuel once in the day. There were transmission problems this spring. We had all three go down and tranny's replaced. We haven't had any problems after that. The company making the trannies didn't follow the spects. Exmark fixed the problem and has given a two year warranity on tranny's. We cut high grass with them and they did well. We discharged high grass and then mulched it on a second cut at a higher level. We cut all our lawns weekly. The wheels are not plastic. They've held up well. The cut follows the turf, you don't have missed area's with the deck lifting like you do with larger walkbehinds. They are not good on hills. I really think you would be happy with this mower. We are very happy. It was a good move for our company. The bottom line is the people like the cut and we are making more money with less overhead.
  8. fullofgrass1

    fullofgrass1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    I just purchased one today. I love it cuts great,cuts down on time,never have to fill up.I will buy another one. to replace all my Honda Hrc commercial model mowers!I think that it does great for a commercial mower.:walking:
  9. rbljack

    rbljack LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 731

    I second what he has listed above. All true in my opinion. I like the exmark 30 so far despite a few problems. for in depth answers, I suggest you read the LONG thread on the topic called "pulled the trigger, exmark 30". Its worth the read. Overall Im happy with the mower. Here are a few additions to whats listed above: I have encountered lawns where the mower will not cut well,but those lawns are FULL of weeds, and thin grass. The weeds are like salad, and VERY wet. For a typical lawn, at normal heights, it does very well as a mulcher or bagger. Keeping the blades sharp and the deck clean makes a big difference in cut quality as well. Blade belt tension and drive cable adjustments are also necessary from time to time to keep the mower cutting optimally. I use the exmark 30 as my primary mower and have been very happy. For the size of the lawns we cut, we can fill the gas tank on the first stop, and run it for 3 or 4 lawns easy before even considering refilling....and sucks on hills for sure.
  10. LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 756

    Great input everyone, and yes I have followed that thread form the beginning, I think I have made up my mind and will purchase one for sure, I only use 21" mowers, and this would cut great on at least 50-75% of them, some are very small with nooks and crannies that even a 21" is a bit of a chore, thanks again everyone keep the comments coming.

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