UPDATED: May 2020
The Exmark Laser Z X-Series zero turn mower is the premium mower in the Laser Z line-up. It is very similar to the Toro 5000 series (minus the deck), but for obvious reasons since Toro does own Exmark. The X-series is also comparable to the Ferris IS 3200Z and the Scag Cheetah. Let's dive in!
The X-Series features either the Kawasaki FX801V, Kawasaki FX921V, or Kohler ECV980 EFI engines. Each of these engines provide plenty of power for the mower. They get the job done and are built for handling commercial settings.
The Laser Z X-Series has 16cc parker pumps and 17.1ci motors. These are top of the line and built to last a very long time. This drive system would be comparable to Hydro-Gear ZT-5400 transaxles in case your comparing to a mower with these.
Overall, the mower has plenty of power between the engine options and drive system. It will be able to work great is tough conditions and hold up for a long time.
- 60″ or 72″ Full-Floating UltraCut Series 6 Deck
- Parker Unitized Pump and Wheel Motors
- 11.5 MPH
- 12 Gallon Tank (Single Tank)
- Patented RED Technology
- Suspension Seat
- Suspension platform on C1 models
- 5-Year or 1500 Hour Limited Warranty
The floating deck technology the Exmark Laser Z X-Series features gives a wonderful cut. It is great with side discharge or a mulch kit. The floating deck is helpful in avoiding scalping turf. The mower cuts well in many different applications.
The only common complaint of this deck is mowing wet grass. Most decks don't do wonderful in wet conditions but it seems like the Exmark deck struggle a bit more than most. It seems to clump and not disperse evenly when wet.
Like I said, this is fairly common among lawn mowers in wet conditions but I am treating this mowing like a best in the industry type of mower that it is. .. or at least claims to be.
The anti-scalp wheels on this UltraCut deck do a good job but they are easier to break off as opposed to a “housed” anti-scalp wheel. By this, I mean having two pieces of metal on each side of the wheel. This definitely makes it much tougher to break the anti-scalp wheel off.
The cut quality of this machine as a whole is great. It will leave a clean, even cut in most conditions. I'd recommend demoing the mower to see how well it does in your specific conditions.
This mower is built durable. Exmark has been around for a long time and always been known for building sturdy equipment. I have recently heard of some decks have problems with blowing holes in them and spindle problems.
I haven't heard this much but definitely more often than I use to. Nonetheless this mower will hold up well. Also, with the 1500 hour warranty you will get plenty of work done with the machine.
The comfort of the Exmark Laser Z X-Series has improved over the years with the addition of the suspension seat. It is still a fixed and rigid frame though. On very rough terrain you will definitely feel them.
This will inevitably cause a little more fatigue but the seat does help a good amount. It is way better now than it was when it just had a regular seat… man that thing was rough!
The C1 models do offer a suspension platform now. These is basically the exact same as Toro's MyRide system. This is definitely a game changer when it comes to comfort. There is a noticeable difference between a suspension platform and suspension seat.
Exmark Laser Z X-Series have a very clean and modern look to them. They are simple and straight to the point. Not that flashing and not that boring. They are definitely large machines that make them look like they're going to do some work!
This mower is equipped with the industry norm for safety. Kill switch on the seat, seat belt, and roll bar (ROPS). There are been a couple complaints about safety switch problems but these are fairly common and very cheap to fix usually.
Overall, this is a very safe machine and it does very well on hills. It is a tough mower to flip over or slide down a hill.
The X-Series looks like it starts around $12,000. This is a competitive price point compared to other mowers in this market. For more accurate pricing please check out Exmark's website.
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