Pros: A great mower to spend the extra money. Still in use in 2011
Cons: Not fond of the bagging assembly.
As of March 30th, 2011 this machine is still a proven performer and ready for another year of zoom and groom your lawn.
I will try my best for you to understand this review. This Exmark Metro Commercial 21 Inch mower comes in three different styles for the different lawnman.
The first thing you need to know about this Exmark Metro 21 Inch Mower is you can choose between a 6 Horsepower Kawasaki engine or a 5.5 Horsepower Honda engine.
The first style is just the regular pushing style mower. It comes with a side discharge or a mulching kit and it also comes with a bagging attachment that seems hard to take off and put on. The Kawasaki engine will cost you $899.00 while with the Honda motor will cost you a even thousand dollars.
The second style of this Exmark Metro 21 Commercial Mower is the rear self propelled mower. While this is their highly recommended best buy, I shy away from them because when enough leaves, dirt and etc. get caught underneath inside the wheel spindles they make it very hard to turn with. The Kawasaki Self-propelled mower is $1,029.00 while the Honda Self-propelled mower will set you back for $1,149.00.
The third style of this Exmark Metro Commercial 21 Inch Mower is the Blade Brake Clutch-Self Propelled system. When mowing you will use your fingertips and pull on the clutch handle allowing the blade to engaged. When not mowing release the handle and your mower will still move with the rear self-propelled system. Are you confused yet? The price for the Kawasaki Blade Brake is $1,099.00 while the Honda Blade Brake is $1,210.00.
There are a couple differences in equipment on these mowers. The Kawasaki engines sport a one gallon gas tank to the 1.4 quart gas tank on the Hondas. The prices on the Kawasaki's are fully equip with mulching kit and bagger, while on the Hondas you will buy them separately. The weight on style one is 96 pounds, on style two 105 pounds, and on style three a total of 115 pounds so there is a little difference here.
The deck body on all three styles is made out of die cast aluminum. The TriVantage deck minimizes mower weight while providing maximum durability.(Editors note) paint on die cast mowers does not last as long, tends to bubble up after a few years. All three style mowers can have the height adjustment changed from 0.75 to 3.25 with your fingertips.
All three style mowers use heavy duty steel wheels with semi pneumatic rubber tires. All wheels have sealed ball bearing with a two piece gusseted rim assembly for maximum strength and commercial durability. The walking handle can be adjusted to three different heights. This enables you to mow your grass to your personal height preference and can be readjusted quickly and easily for the next person.
The self-propelled styles of this Exmark Metro Commercial 21 inch Mower will let you go from two mph to 4.1 mph maximum speed.
I personally bought the Kawasaki self-propelled six horsepower for $1,029.00 I found the Kawasaki engine to be more efficient with the one gallon gas tank. When you pre-pump the carburetor three times it generally starts on the first pull.
The bag assembly for this machine will take time to get use too, having to use both hands to make sure that it is hooked up properly or it will fall off. The cut that this machine provides makes every nice lawn look well groomed. I personally have not liked Honda engines because when need to be serviced or worked on you need a Honda Technician to work on it or it voids the warranty.
I am not also a big fan of self-propelled wheels, but having properties that are on a slope or hilly makes using this machine on them a whole lot easier. Loading and unloading is a different story though. When not started you have the rear wheels lagging because of the gears so it makes it harder to push. I have a small ramp on my trailer so starting the mower to take it off or on, just making sure the blade does not clip anything.
Even though there is three different styles of this same mower they all are provided with the same warranty. One year on the entire mower. Two years on the drive system and engine. Three years on the spindle systems on the self-propelled models. For more information please go to your local Exmark dealer.