The 2014 Exmark 52 Inch Vantage X-Series Mower (Model VTX730EKC524) is one of the best mowers that we reviewed in the Stand-On class of commercial mowers.  The new patented Enhanced Control System (ECS) takes a little getting used to.  Most of the systems we have used before require you to pull levers to make the machine move, the Exmark 52 Vantage X-Series with ECS moves and the levers you use brake the machine left, right or completely.

Once you get used to the ECS, you realize that it brings a lot to the table in the way of comfort.  It seems to give more direct control over tight turns, and because you only need to keep one hand on one of the safety bars to keep the machine moving you can switch off and rest a little on the long straight paths.  All in all it is a more comfortable ride and the ability to make tighter more controlled turns results in some really clean looking lawn stripes.

The Operator platform on the Exmark Vantage X-Series Mower has a rubber platform with a self-compensating suspension.  It is comfortable, however if you are a big guy (350lbs +) it can get tippy on you at high speeds, which is why I recommend that big guys get a sitting machine over a stand-on (no matter what brand you are using).

The hydro drive brings a really clean and fluid operation to the table.  The Exmark Vantage X-Series goes about 8 miles an hour (forward) and 4 (backward). The 52″ deck makes doing large properties quick and easy.


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  • Engine: Kohler® Model: ECV730
  • Displacement: 747
  • Air Filter: Heavy-duty canister air filtration system
  • Drive System: Two Hydro Gear 12 cc pumps powering two Parker 14 cubic inch motors.
  • Speed: Infinitely variable speed selection 0–8.0 mph (12.9 kmph) forward, 0–4.0 mph (6.4 kmph) reverse
  • PTO Engagement: Warner 200 ft-lb clutch
  • Fuel Capacity: 8-gallon (30.3-L), single fuel tank with single fill location.
  • Drive Wheel Release: Allows unit movement without engine running.
  • Safety Package: Operator Presence Controls (OPC) with safety interlock system indicators
  • Casters: .38″ thick double-yoke, smooth tread caster wheel assembly with pre-installed bearing cups.
  • Cup Holder: Optional
  • CARB Compliant: No[/acc]

Deck:

Deck Construction: 10-gauge top that is formed and continuously seam welded, 7-gauge side skirt and 7-gauge formed and welded spindle mounting locations for improved strength and reduced weight.
Deck Style: Full-floating UltraCut Series 4. Side discharge standard, with molded discharge chute and option to bag or mulch.
Width: 52″ (132.08 cm)
Deck Lift: Standard; mechanical lift-assist springs.
Cutting Heights 1.0″ (2.54 cm) to 5.0″ (12.7 cm) in 0.25″ (0.64 cm) increments adjustable from the operator position.
Blades 3 Blades at 18″ Length
Blade-Tip Speed Approximately 18,500 fpm.

EQUIPMENT

Tractor Frame: Welded, heavy-duty 1.5″ x 3″ tubular steel.
Steering Control: Hydro drive with Enhanced Control System (ECS), forward/reverse, left/right or zero-turn.
Front Caster Tires: 11 x 4.0-5, smooth-tread, semipneumatic tires.
Drive Tires 20 x 10.50-8 Kenda Tires
Parking Brake Lever-actuated bar brake.
Blade Spindles No maintenance, sealed and nongreasable spindles; 7.75″ diameter cutter housing with 1.75″ diameter splined blade driver 1.0″-diameter spindle shaft.
Electrical 12-volt battery with 20-amp alternator

MISCELLANEOUS

Curb Weight: 875 lbs
Length: 74 in. (188 cm)
Width: 64.8 in. (164.6 cm)
Height: 50 in. (127 cm)
Warranty: 3 Year Comm / 5 Year Cons

All in all the Exmark Vantage X-Series 52 Inch Stand On Mower is an excellent solution for a commercial solution, or anyone with large yards or fields.  The construction is solid and with proper care and maintenance there is no reason to think you can’t get 10 or more good years out of this machine.  You can expect to pay anywhere from $8-11,000 for this mower depending on the dealer. We give it 5 out of 5 stars and award it the 2014 Best Buy Award.

 

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