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Commercial 21 X-Series

It’s revved up and means business.
There’s tough. Then there’s this—the Commercial 21 X-Series—with its front engine guard designed to protect the valve cover and other vital parts from trailer damage. And its formed, steel wear plates on the cutting deck edges to guard against the abrasion wear that comes with the job. If you’re looking for performance and durability in a commercial-grade trim mower, get yourself a Commercial 21 X-Series.

The Exmark Signature Cut

Easy On/Off Bag Design

Patented Front Height Adjustment

Bag Capacity

Wear Strips

Model Specs


Specifications for model # ECX160CHN21000

Equipment
Drive Tires 9" x 2.5", semi-pneumatic.
Safety Package Zone start
Power Components
Speed 0.0 mph to 4.2 mph (6.6 kmph) forward.
Engine Brand Honda
Engine Model GXV 160
Engine Type Carbureted
Engine Series GXV
Engine Speed 3,300 rpm
Engine Displacement 163
Air Filter Dual element air cleaner
Drive Belt-Drive
Drive Description Self-propelled; rear-wheel gear-driven.
Fuel Capacity 1 gallon (3.8-L).
Fuel Indicator None
Carb Compliant Yes
Fuel Type Gas Carbureted
Decks
Deck Style Description Fixed deck, Rear -discharge bagger and mulch plug standard.
Bag Capacity 2.5 bushels (20 gallons).
Deck Construction 5" deep, 1/4"-thick die-cast aluminum.
Deck Style Fixed Deck
Width / Cutting Deck 21"
Cutting Heights 1.0" (2.5 cm) to 4.5" (11.4 cm) in 0.5" (1.3 cm) increments.
Blades 1 Blade at 20.5" Length
Blade Tip Speed Approximately 18,500 fpm.
Dimensions
Width 22 in. (55.9 cm)
Length 62 in. (157.5 cm)
Height 38 in. (96.5 cm)
Curb Weight 112

Specifications for model # ECX180CKA21000

Equipment
Drive Tires 9" x 2.5", semi-pneumatic.
Safety Package Zone start
Power Components
Speed 0.0 mph to 4.2 mph (6.6 kmph) forward.
Engine Brand Kawasaki®
Engine Model FJ180V KAI
Engine Type Carbureted
Engine Series FJ KAI
Engine Speed 3,300 rpm
Engine Displacement 179
Air Filter Dual element air cleaner
Drive Belt-Drive
Drive Description Self-propelled; rear-wheel gear-driven.
Fuel Capacity 1 gallon (3.8-L).
Fuel Indicator None
Carb Compliant Yes
Fuel Type Gas Carbureted
Decks
Deck Style Description Fixed deck, Rear-discharge bagger and mulch plug standard.
Bag Capacity 2.5 bushels (20 gallons).
Deck Construction 5" deep, 1/4"-thick die-cast aluminum.
Deck Style Fixed Deck
Width / Cutting Deck 21"
Cutting Heights 1.0" (2.5 cm) to 4.5" (11.4 cm) in 0.5" (1.3 cm) increments.
Blades 1 Blade at 20.5" Length
Blade Tip Speed Approximately 18,500 fpm.
Dimensions
Width 22 in. (55.9 cm)
Length 62 in. (157.5 cm)
Height 38 in. (96.5 cm)
Curb Weight 114

Specifications for model # ECX180CKA210BC

Equipment
Drive Tires 9" x 2.5", semi-pneumatic.
Safety Package Blade Brake Clutch (BBC).
Power Components
Speed 0.0 mph to 4.2 mph (6.6 kmph) forward.
Engine Brand Kawasaki®
Engine Model FJ180V KAI
Engine Type Carbureted
Engine Series FJ KAI
Engine Speed 3,300 rpm
Engine Displacement 179
Air Filter Dual element air cleaner
Drive Belt-Drive
Drive Description Self-propelled; rear-wheel gear-driven.
Fuel Capacity 1 gallon (3.8-L).
Fuel Indicator None
Carb Compliant Yes
Fuel Type Gas Carbureted
Decks
Deck Style Description Fixed deck, Rear-discharge bagger and mulch plug standard.
Bag Capacity 2.5 bushels (20 gallons).
Deck Construction 5" deep, 1/4"-thick die-cast aluminum.
Deck Style Fixed Deck
Width / Cutting Deck 21"
Cutting Heights 1.0" (2.5 cm) to 4.5" (11.4 cm) in 0.5" (1.3 cm) increments.
Blades 1 Blade at 20.5" Length
Blade Tip Speed Approximately 18,500 fpm.
Dimensions
Width 22 in. (55.9 cm)
Length 62 in. (157.5 cm)
Height 38 in. (96.5 cm)
Curb Weight 115

Accessories


Accessories for model # ECX160CHN21000

Commercial 21 9.5" Diameter Wheels

Commercial 21 Wheel Weight Kit

Accessories for model # ECX180CKA21000

Commercial 21 9.5" Diameter Wheels

Commercial 21 Wheel Weight Kit

Accessories for model # ECX180CKA210BC

Commercial 21 9.5" Diameter Wheels

Commercial 21 Wheel Weight Kit

Warranty


Reviews


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ExmarkCommercial 21 X-Series
 
4.2

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Heavy duty construction (17)
  • Cut quality (13)
  • Speed (12)
  • Ease of maintenance (10)
  • Ease of use (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Small lawns (less than 1 acre) (13)
  • Bagging (11)
  • Professional / commercial mowing (10)
  • Residential mowing (10)
  • Medium lawns (1-2 acres) (4)
    • Engine Brand?:
    • Kawasaki (11), Kohler (4)
    • Deck Size?:
    • 21" (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Homeowner (10), Landscape professional (9)
    • Personal or Professional Use?:
    • Professional (10), Personal (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Outstanding and very maneuverable 21" trim mower

Back in the spring of 2015 I made the transition from the Exmark Commercial 30 to the Commercial 21 X-Series and I couldn't be happier. Long story short, with my yard, everything the...Read complete review

Back in the spring of 2015 I made the transition from the Exmark Commercial 30 to the Commercial 21 X-Series and I couldn't be happier. Long story short, with my yard, everything the 30 struggled to do the 21 has done with ease. I have a half acre yard with many terrain features, trees, fencing, shade, and one very steep bank. In my shady lawn there is almost never dry grass. Rain and high humidity keep the grass moist to wet a lot of the time. The under powered 30 would clog every time I used it whether I was mulching, bagging, or even side discharging. While the wider cut made cutting seem quicker, I lost more time cleaning the deck than I saved with the wider cut.
The 21" deck is aerodynamically designed better and results in a better cut, no clogging (even when mulching), and the net result is I'm spending the SAME amount of time cutting my yard as I did with the 30. Because the engine never bogs down, I can travel across the yard faster. And without having to stop to clear grass from the deck there is less time wasted. The 21" is far more maneuverable, powers up the steepest inclines with ease, and side cutting the steep bank out front is a breeze. I've used both the black "gator" blade and the red mulching blade both bagging and mulching. I don't like to bag, period, but I'll admit the finished cut is slightly better when bagging but very acceptable to me when mulching. The red mulching blade goes through even wet tall grass easily. It has 6 cutting surfaces with 2 at the cutting height, 2 diagonal surfaces, and 2 up next to the center where it attaches to the spindle. Unless you get careless and hit large rocks or debris you should only have to sharpen the bottom pair. The black blade has a wider cutting surface and will allow faster travel across ground while bagging without skipping grass. The red blade will mulch a wet thick layer of leaves easily, leaving fine brown particles in the yard. For me, the red blade under the Commercial 21" works best.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Durable and great handling

I have a 2014 Toro commercial that is an incredible mulcher but is not the best handling mower. It was my hope that buying the 2014 Exmark that I would get the best of...Read complete review

I have a 2014 Toro commercial that is an incredible mulcher but is not the best handling mower. It was my hope that buying the 2014 Exmark that I would get the best of both Worlds. I based this on both are the same company.
If you are bagging or cutting warm season grass you cannot go wrong. For me I will have to take a financial loss and sell my Exmark because 100% of my lawns I mulch and purchase another Toro.
My dream 21" mower is the cut quality of a Toro and the handling of an Exmark!

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I hope this is the last mower I need to buy, best yet

By 

from Sarasota, FL

About Me Acreage Owner, Homeowner

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Cut Quality
  • Ease of Maintenance
  • Heavy Duty Construction
  • Speed

Cons

  • Somewhat Heavier than Average

Best Uses

  • Bagging
  • Medium Lawns (1-2 acres)
  • Mulching
  • Professional / Commercial Mowing

Comments about Exmark Commercial 21 X-Series:

I have had all the other $700 - $1,200 self propelled 21in mowers out there as I have a lot of difficult lawn areas to cut. I have several types of Florida hard grasses. I bought this as a professional landscaper recommend it, knowing my demanding needs. This mower is clearly designed for rough use. I mostly bag my clips. I had it a year and only now need to tighten the drive belt for the first time, easy. Cuts just as good on a wet lawn. Moves as fast or faster than I can run behind it, completely variable speed. 'Only criticize the heavier than average weight but it all goes into the durability. The wheels are the best I have seen, big and wide.

Service and delivery comments:

No service needed other than oil changes so far, holding up as a professional mower should. I have been buying professional mowers every year or two as I never liked how the others worked. This is the first mower that is the one I am planning on keeping indefinitely.

At the time I decided my last Pro mower, a Snapper, was not in my favor I could not find one of these ExMark 21in mowers to see or try at any dealer, they were all out of them. The distributor in Orlando actually drove 2 1/2 hours to my property with a mower for me to try. I kept it. Now that was service.

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4.0

greatest comercial mower on the market

By 

from Stratford ,ontario

About Me Grounds Manager, Landscape Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfort & Ergonomics
  • Cut Quality
  • Ease of Maintenance
  • Ease of Use
  • Engine Performance / Brand
  • Fuel Efficiency
  • Heavy Duty Construction
  • Speed

Cons

  • Poor Zero-Turning Radius
  • Undesirable Styling / Appearance

Best Uses

  • Bagging
  • Professional / Commercial Mowing
  • Residential Mowing

Comments about Exmark Commercial 21 X-Series:

i really have nothing to complain about it

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Starts every time!

By 

from Mission, Tx

About Me Homeowner

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Availability & Performance of Accessories
  • Comfort & Ergonomics
  • Cut Quality
  • Ease of Maintenance
  • Ease of Use
  • Engine Performance / Brand
  • Fuel Efficiency
  • Heavy Duty Construction
  • Speed
  • Steering / Controllability
  • Styling / Appearance
  • Zero-Turning Radius

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Bagging
    • Large Lawns (2+ acres)
    • Medium Lawns (1-2 acres)
    • Mulching
    • Professional / Commercial Mowing
    • Residential Mowing
    • Small Lawns (Less than 1 acre)

    Comments about Exmark Commercial 21 X-Series:

    BEST mower I have ever owned. This mower was recommended by an landscaping professional. Best purchase I ever made in a lawnmower. Every other mower is junk compared to this one.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This is a great lawn mower.

    By 

    from Chicago

    About Me Homeowner

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Cut Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Engine Performance / Brand
    • Heavy Duty Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Bagging
      • Residential Mowing
      • Small Lawns (Less than 1 acre)
      • Striping

      Comments about Exmark Commercial 21 X-Series:

      I have gone through the Hondas (good mower terrible transmission ) and the Toro Recyclers and super Recyclers, Lawn boy 2 strokes, and Jacobsen crank start. This Mower is a cut way above them. It starts on the 1st pull and leaves my lawn looking manicured. It packs the bag better than any mower I've owned by far. It has a large fuel tank which is great. I would buy it again and will recommend it to anyone who asks.

      Service and delivery comments:

      Delivery and set up were perfect

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This Mower has performed and does a nice cut.

      By 

      from San Antonio, Texas

      About Me Landscape Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Availability & Performance of Accessories
      • Cut Quality
      • Ease of Maintenance
      • Ease of Use
      • Engine Performance / Brand
      • Fuel Efficiency
      • Heavy Duty Construction
      • Speed
      • Steering / Controllability
      • Styling / Appearance

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Medium Lawns (1-2 acres)
        • Professional / Commercial Mowing
        • Residential Mowing
        • Small Lawns (Less than 1 acre)

        Comments about Exmark Commercial 21 X-Series:

        We use this 21" Mower at Commercial Sites-Shopping Centers and it has done exactly what we need providing a great cut results. I am extremely happy with it's performance!

        Service and delivery comments:

        Brought it directly from dealer and put it to work right away!

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        5.0

        Great mower!

        By 

        from Fayetteville NC

        About Me Homeowner

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Ease of Use
        • Engine Performance / Brand
        • Heavy Duty Construction
        • Styling / Appearance

        Cons

        • Average vacuum power for bagging
        • Weight

        Best Uses

        • Bagging
        • Small Lawns (Less than 1 acre)

        Comments about Exmark Commercial 21 X-Series:

        I use this mower to cut centipede and bag up pine needles.

        Service and delivery comments:

        I have a top notch distributer in town.

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        5.0

        Great product. I've bought multiple and would buy another.

        By 

        from Dallas, TX

        About Me Homeowner, Landscape Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfort & Ergonomics
        • Cut Quality
        • Ease of Maintenance
        • Ease of Use
        • Engine Performance / Brand
        • Fuel Efficiency
        • Heavy Duty Construction
        • Speed
        • Steering / Controllability
        • Styling / Appearance

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Bagging
          • Mulching
          • Professional / Commercial Mowing
          • Residential Mowing
          • Small Lawns (Less than 1 acre)

          Comments about Exmark Commercial 21 X-Series:

          I use this mower on my customers lawns and my own. It's great- no complaints.

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          4.0

          Nice mower terrible cut

          By 

          from Schenectady, NY

          About Me Landscape Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Engine Performance / Brand
          • Heavy Duty Construction
          • Speed
          • Styling / Appearance

          Cons

          • Poor Cut Quality

          Best Uses

          • Professional / Commercial Mowing
          • Residential Mowing
          • Small Lawns (Less than 1 acre)

          Comments about Exmark Commercial 21 X-Series:

          Construction is good but the cut is terrible. It has to be real low to give a decent cut. I've had Craftsman mowers that have better cuts that cost hundreds less

          Service and delivery comments:

          I bought it from my dealer

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          5.0

          Commercial 21 x series

          By 

          from Fredericksburg Va

          About Me Homeowner

          Pros

          • Availability & Performance of Accessories
          • Comfort & Ergonomics
          • Cut Quality
          • Ease of Maintenance
          • Ease of Use
          • Engine Performance / Brand
          • Fuel Efficiency
          • Heavy Duty Construction
          • Speed

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Bagging
            • Medium Lawns (1-2 acres)
            • Small Lawns (Less than 1 acre)

            Comments about Exmark Commercial 21 X-Series:

            I cut several lawns during the growing season. This mower has performed excellently so far. Easy to start and starts on first pull. Love the oil filter! Maintenance is a breeze. Cut quality is great. Mulching is the only area that is not perfect. Pieces are somewhat large but the cut is still great. Bagging is the best! Get the front wheel weights if you are cutting wet lawns. Great mower!

            Service and delivery comments:

            The service from my dealership was awesome. Would love to recognize then but not sure if name should or may be mentioned.

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            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Outstanding and very maneuverable 21" trim mower

            By 

            from Birmingham, AL

            About Me Homeowner

            Pros

            • Adaptable for both mulching and bagging well
            • Comfort & Ergonomics
            • Cut Quality
            • Cutting under adverse conditions
            • Ease of Maintenance
            • Ease of Use
            • Engine Performance / Brand
            • Fuel Efficiency
            • Heavy Duty Construction
            • Mulches wet thick leaves easily
            • Speed
            • Steering / Controllability

            Cons

            • Fuel bulb instead of choke took getting used to

            Best Uses

            • Bagging
            • Cutting wet and/or tall grass
            • Mulching
            • Mulching leaves and grass, wet or dry
            • Professional / Commercial Mowing
            • Residential Mowing
            • Small Lawns (Less than 1 acre)

            Comments about Exmark Commercial 21 X-Series:

            Back in the spring of 2015 I made the transition from the Exmark Commercial 30 to the Commercial 21 X-Series and I couldn't be happier. Long story short, with my yard, everything the 30 struggled to do the 21 has done with ease. I have a half acre yard with many terrain features, trees, fencing, shade, and one very steep bank. In my shady lawn there is almost never dry grass. Rain and high humidity keep the grass moist to wet a lot of the time. The under powered 30 would clog every time I used it whether I was mulching, bagging, or even side discharging. While the wider cut made cutting seem quicker, I lost more time cleaning the deck than I saved with the wider cut.
            The 21" deck is aerodynamically designed better and results in a better cut, no clogging (even when mulching), and the net result is I'm spending the SAME amount of time cutting my yard as I did with the 30. Because the engine never bogs down, I can travel across the yard faster. And without having to stop to clear grass from the deck there is less time wasted. The 21" is far more maneuverable, powers up the steepest inclines with ease, and side cutting the steep bank out front is a breeze. I've used both the black "gator" blade and the red mulching blade both bagging and mulching. I don't like to bag, period, but I'll admit the finished cut is slightly better when bagging but very acceptable to me when mulching. The red mulching blade goes through even wet tall grass easily. It has 6 cutting surfaces with 2 at the cutting height, 2 diagonal surfaces, and 2 up next to the center where it attaches to the spindle. Unless you get careless and hit large rocks or debris you should only have to sharpen the bottom pair. The black blade has a wider cutting surface and will allow faster travel across ground while bagging without skipping grass. The red blade will mulch a wet thick layer of leaves easily, leaving fine brown particles in the yard. For me, the red blade under the Commercial 21" works best.

            Service and delivery comments:

            Only wish I could name the dealer. Unlike any small engine equipment dealer I've ever used; professional and honest with excellent service. Interested in having a satisfied customer, even one who won't be buying several machines each year. Most dealers wouldn't entertain giving a very generous trade from one mower to another.

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