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I'm looking at a exmark lazer x-series 48" with mulch kit or
kubota zg 222 48" with mulch kit... there both really nice but does anyone use either one of these and if so please give me input good bad and ugly.
the price is about the same exmark 8500 and kubota 7800.
which way should i go.. thank you
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I'm looking at a exmark lazer x-series 48" with mulch kit or
kubota zg 222 48" with mulch kit... there both really nice but does anyone use either one of these and if so please give me input good bad and ugly.
the price is about the same exmark 8500 and kubota 7800.
which way should i go.. thank you
one thing to think about is do you have a good kubota dealership near you. with the kubota you will have to get most of the parts at a kubota dealer, in my area they can be kinda high.
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There is a really good kubota exmark dealer 10mins mins. From my house and they seem very honest I've done business with them before. I'm just torn which way I should go. Because this will be my first zero turn.
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I'm looking at a exmark lazer x-series 48" with mulch kit or
kubota zg 222 48" with mulch kit... there both really nice but does anyone use either one of these and if so please give me input good bad and ugly.
the price is about the same exmark 8500 and kubota 7800.
which way should i go.. thank you

you might be better off buying the exmark lazer s over the x series because it is pretty much the same machine and it is a little cheaper.

the only real notable difference is the x series has a suspension seat and the deck is hanging from solid rods vs chains.
i have had several over the years and the seat is just as good on the s series and the suspension did not make that much of a difference in my opinion and the chains are not any less weaker then the rods in supporting the deck as well as if the machine had a slight side contact with the deck maneuvering around something the chains allow a little more movement with less resistance.

i like both the lazer s and the lazer x but if your talking about a 48 inch deck it really does not make that much of a difference for the money difference.

speaking of which i just bought a brand new lazer s last week for the up coming season to replace a older one and at my dealer it was a 1,500.00 difference.

the frame is the same, the fuel capacity is the same the PTO is the same the only real difference outside of the seat is the price.
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Thank you so much for the info. Very much needed. This is just alot of money to spend to get a mower you really don't need/like.
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have a 2011 Exmark book in my hand...

Looks like aside from what dpld mentioned, the only other difference I'm seeing in the book between the S and Z are the following:

Engine:
S 22 hp Kawasaki (in 48")
Z 23 hp Kohler Command (in 48")

Tires: (rear)
S 23x9.5-12 Turfmaster®
Z 24x9.5-12 4-ply Multi-Trac®



Granted, the BOOK doesn't list full specs, but those are the only other things that I see listed as being different that weren't mentioned above.
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the suspension did not make that much of a difference in my opinion

Now that is something I do not hear often.... Most of my commercial cutters would not even buy a mower without the suspension seat.
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Thank you so much for the info. Very much needed. This is just alot of money to spend to get a mower you really don't need/like.
if they are used mowers test drive them.
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Now that is something I do not hear often.... Most of my commercial cutters would not even buy a mower without the suspension seat.

i only say that because the seat on the lazer z s series is a very nice seat and is no way shape or form a downgrade.

the seat is high quality and to me appears to be the same seat minus the susspension frame underneath it, which i am sure you can upgrage for a fraction.
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have a 2011 Exmark book in my hand...

Looks like aside from what dpld mentioned, the only other difference I'm seeing in the book between the S and Z are the following:

Engine:
S 22 hp Kawasaki (in 48")
Z 23 hp Kohler Command (in 48")

Tires: (rear)
S 23x9.5-12 Turfmaster®
Z 24x9.5-12 4-ply Multi-Trac®



Granted, the BOOK doesn't list full specs, but those are the only other things that I see listed as being different that weren't mentioned above.

i bought the 22 kawasaki because i am not a fan of the kohler and the kohler i believe is a EFI motor which they been having issues with.

i would rather have 1 less HP and a better more reliable motor.
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