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Old 02-09-2018, 04:39 AM
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Time for a new one... looking a HD residential, 60" deck for 3.5 acres of manicured lawn. Current mower is a 52" Huslter Mini Z that is worn out, mower is a bit to small for the job.

Local dealer has Hustler and Exmark - plenty of both in stock, 10 min from the house.

Hustler Fasttrak 60 with 24hp Kawi

Exmark Radius E series with 24hp Exmark/BMW engine.

Both right at 6k, both are HD residential.

Any opinions on either? Better options for the price range? 6k max

I know a little about Huslter, nothing about Exmark.
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Exmark has served me well, but I know nothing about that engine combination. That would make me look into it.

I have several farms and they have served me well, one of them is 10 years old. Commercial models.

Have a Toro that has held up well. Think Toro owns Exmark.

That engine combo would bother me without reasearch.

Exmark is the leading machine with the lawn contractors here.
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Exmark has served me well, but I know nothing about that engine combination. That would make me look into it.

I have several farms and they have served me well, one of them is 10 years old. Commercial models.

Have a Toro that has held up well. Think Toro owns Exmark.

That engine combo would bother me without reasearch.

Exmark is the leading machine with the lawn contractors here.
Thanks, it's the engine that has me concerned. Dealer says it's fine... no warranty issues with what they've sold, but they are pushing Exmark hard. So I take that with a grain of salt.
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Thanks, it's the engine that has me concerned. Dealer says it's fine... no warranty issues with what they've sold, but they are pushing Exmark hard. So I take that with a grain of salt.
I would check to see if the engine combo is standard or just particular to that dealers inventory.

I just don't know anything about BMW, especially in this area.
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I would look long and hard at Scag, and Deere too.

Those 7 Iron decks really do a nice job.


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I would check to see if the engine combo is standard or just particular to that dealers inventory.

I just don't know anything about BMW, especially in this area.
It's standard. Exmark developed the engine for their HD residential mowers. Only 2 years on the market.

Dealer claims it's BMW... claims.

I like the rest of the mower more than the Husltler.
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I would look long and hard at Scag, and Deere too.

Those 7 Iron decks really do a nice job.


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Will do.
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Exmark has or had a patented deck design, the underneath baffling part.

Probably expired, I don't know.

Another thing is welded plate deck vs stamped metal. I prefer welded plate if it really makes any difference.

The spindle bearings are tough as nails on mine.
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How long you intend to keep it? I would give a Kubota ZG series a hard look. We have been through a lot of commercial mowers over the years, and Kubota holds up better than any of the others we have messed with. They cost slightly more up front, but will run and be as serviceable for as long as you wish to run it.
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Exmark has or had a patented deck design, the underneath baffling part.

Probably expired, I don't know.

Another thing is welded plate deck vs stamped metal. I prefer welded plate if it really makes any difference.

The spindle bearings are tough as nails on mine.
Agreed. A stamped deck can offer a slightly better cut and bagging performance IF it is kept clean. If you aren't one to scrape it out every time you cut, welded is better all day long, and much more serviceable.
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How long you intend to keep it? I would give a Kubota ZG series a hard look. We have been through a lot of commercial mowers over the years, and Kubota holds up better than any of the others we have messed with. They cost slightly more up front, but will run and be as serviceable for as long as you wish to run it.
Mid level 60" is clocking in at 10k... little rich for what I need. Nice mower thou...
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Exmark has or had a patented deck design, the underneath baffling part.

Probably expired, I don't know.

Another thing is welded plate deck vs stamped metal. I prefer welded plate if it really makes any difference.

The spindle bearings are tough as nails on mine.
Mine is welded on my exmark. Toros seem to be stamped. I wonder if the stamped one have better airflow?
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Mine is welded on my exmark. Toros seem to be stamped. I wonder if the stamped one have better airflow?
Don't know since I don't have any.

All I know is mine take a beating and have held up.

I don't know which is best.

In fact, I think all JD are stamped so......they have faith in them and they are big in the market.

For residential, maybe it's not a big deal.

My Toro commercials are welded. I really like them.
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Don't know since I don't have any.

All I know is mine take a beating and have held up.

I don't know which is best.

In fact, I think all JD are stamped so......they have faith in them and they are big in the market.

For residential, maybe it's not a big deal.
My current Hustler Z is welded... tough. I do tend to bump a tree from time to time.

So for residential, I prefer welded.

I don't have issues with the deck gumming up...

The Exmark has some do dad that provides finer clippings, so less thatch. That's a plus.

My mini Z is commercial, it will be hard to replace for the price range I'm looking at... but I'm not dumping 2k into a 17 year old rig. Needs a ton of work done, prior owner didn't do squat. It was part of the deal when I bought the house... got it sight unseen.
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Originally Posted by billinstuart View Post
Mine is welded on my exmark. Toros seem to be stamped. I wonder if the stamped one have better airflow?
They do, but only if they are kept clean.
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My Toro commercials are welded. I really like them.
Yes.... all the Toro commercials are welded (fabricated) decks. And they do own Exmark

Ive had good luck with my Toro. Toro makes a entry level commercial Titan MX series that is designed for large land owners. Its the one I have. I do about 5 acres. I have the Titan. MX5400 https://sleequipment.com/toro-titan-...SAAEgKFc_D_BwE

I do like Hustler as well. Had a smaller one of theirs and it gave me good service. Good company. Id buy one. And Exmark too. But look a the Toro MX series if your needing a large landowner unit that has all the commercial level hydros and fab deck features.
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Originally Posted by billinstuart View Post
Mine is welded on my exmark. Toros seem to be stamped. I wonder if the stamped one have better airflow?
They both make homeowner models in stamped decks. And then they both make commercial models all have fabricated decks.
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One thing to note, Deere's 7 Iron II stamped decks are not equal to everyone else's stamped decks not even close.

My 2006 JD Mini Ztrack with stamped 7 Iron deck is going strong and produces a superb cut.

I use it for residential 2.25 acres twice a week early and late season when the grass is cranking and once a week during the heat of the summer.

PS: I clean under my deck once a year








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This is coming from someone in the business, either machine will get the job done however I would buy the exmark because it doesn't have a kawi on the back. I've not had good luck with kawi engines, every machine I have had them on has blown up. The last one sent a rod clean through the block.

Exmark makes a nice machine, generally pricey atleast around here but a good machine.

Deere also has some good performers, not sure if they have any in your price range though!

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