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Commercial 30

Reach new heights, and widths, in productivity.
Don’t let its size fool you. Our Commercial 30 mower is deceptively light and easy to maneuver. In fact, it feels and handles much like its Commercial 21 counterparts, incorporating a single-speed transmission and our patented front-height adjusters. The major difference: its 30-inch cut delivers up to a 40% increase in cutting efficiency compared to a standard 21-inch mower—without wearing out the machine or its operator.

Available Models

Patented Front Height Adjustment

Bag Capacity

Twin-Blade Efficiency

Simplified Maintenance

Heavyweight Performance, Lightweight Handling

Productivity

Holds Side-Hills

Model Specs


Specifications for model # ECS180CKA30000

Equipment
Drive Tires 10 x 3.0, semi-pneumatic
Safety Package Blade Brake Clutch (BBC).
Power Components
Speed 0.0 mph to 4.2 (6.6 kmph) mph forward.
Engine Brand Kawasaki®
Engine Model FJ180V KAI
Engine Type Carbureted
Engine Series FJ KAI
Engine Speed 3,500 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 with option to mulch or side discharge.
Bag Capacity 2.5 bushels (20 gallons)
Deck Construction 4.6" Deep Stamped Steel with welded reinforcement
Deck Style Fixed Deck
Width / Cutting Deck 30"
Cutting Heights 1.5"(3.8 cm) to 5.0" (12.7 cm) in 0.5" (1.3 cm) increments.
Blades 2 Blades at 15.4" Length
Blade Tip Speed Approximately 18,500 fpm.
Dimensions
Width 31.9 in. (81cm)
Length 66 in. (167.6 cm)
Height 38.3 in. (97.2 cm)
Curb Weight 170

Accessories


Accessories for model # ECS180CKA30000

MICRO-MULCH SYSTEM

Warranty


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Reviews


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ExmarkCommercial 30
 
3.7

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Heavy duty construction (19)
  • Cut quality (16)
  • Ease of use (15)
  • Engine performance / brand (14)
  • Fuel efficiency (14)

Cons

  • Difficult maintenance (5)
  • Poor cut quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Professional / commercial mowing (15)
  • Small lawns (less than 1 acre) (14)
  • Bagging (12)
  • Mulching (12)
  • Residential mowing (11)
    • Engine Brand?:
    • Kawasaki (22)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Landscape professional (13), Homeowner (11)
    • Personal or Professional Use?:
    • Professional (15), Personal (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great product, wrong yard!

I owned this product for a year and a half and gave it every opportunity to work for me. It simply wasn't the right product for my lawn. I have a lawn with many...Read complete review

I owned this product for a year and a half and gave it every opportunity to work for me. It simply wasn't the right product for my lawn. I have a lawn with many terrain features including steep inclines, mature shade trees, fencing, and a steep bank facing the main road adjacent to our house. The primary reason I bought this mower was so I could get into and out of my yard quicker. I've owned a riding mower in the past but there are simply too many obstacles to navigate to make a riding mower practical and a riding mower is tough on my yard.
Because of all the deep shade in my yard I elected to put in Tall Fescue last year to eliminate bare spots around and under trees. While that project has been successful it showed some glaring weaknesses in my new mower. It simply will not cut wet or even damp grass without issues. I kept a spare set of blades on hand and always made sure the blades were sharp. I tried mulching, side discharge and bagging but had to stop the mower several times during spring cutting and rainy weather to dislodge grass clumps under the mower deck. There was little difference in performance in any of the three cutting modes. Even waiting three or four days after a rain during warm weather wasn't enough to cut the entire yard without having to either stop mowing to get rid of grass clumps or simply try to keep cutting and rake and bag the grass afterwards. Even in dry weather this machine struggles to climb a slight incline. To the dealer's credit, they stepped in and helped me transition to an Exmark Commercial 21 and all of these problems were solved. I will give an extensive review of that product on this site under that product area.
Although I'm a homeowner with only one yard to cut, that one yard is about half an acre of grass with seven 40 to 50 foot hardwood trees providing shade, and has many slopes, inclines and a very difficult bank as mentioned before. I'm not an expert on small engine power equipment but I was a pretty fair auto mechanic in my youth. From that perspective I feel very strongly that the Commercial 30 is very under powered. This isn't an indictment of Exmark because they are using one of the largest vertical engines available for this application. If there were a 200cc or maybe a 240cc vertical engine available for this mower then most if not all of the problems would be solved. But you have to ask what a mower like that would weigh; 200 lbs. or more? This mower is difficult to maneuver on slopes, won't climb even a modest hill without the operator pushing it, and bogs down in thick or wet grass.
I concluded that if you need to cut warm season grasses on relatively level lawns the Commercial 30 merits consideration. Even the steep sloping bank I cut with it shortened my mowing time by half due to the 30" wide cut. But at the end of the day it was fatiguing and I always had to roll the mower on it's side to chip the grass from under the deck once I finished mowing. I gave it 4 stars because it is extremely well built and engineered (with the notable exception of needing a more powerful engine) and in the right situation will substantially increase production over a 21" mower.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Transmission issues

This unit cuts well, runs well, but has had numerous issues. The most important being the failure of the transmission. This was a known issue for the first production year. Mine failed...Read complete review

This unit cuts well, runs well, but has had numerous issues. The most important being the failure of the transmission. This was a known issue for the first production year. Mine failed outside the warranty period. I took the transmission apart to find a cheap cast drive gear had several sheared teeth. Weak part that failed...this was not due to abuse. Exmark has since changed the part# of a new transmission...hence something was addressed. They should of been recalled.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Love/Hate Relationship with this Mower......Mostly Hate

By 

from Brigham City UT

About Me Landscape Professional

Pros

  • Comfort & Ergonomics
  • Heavy Duty Construction
  • Speed
  • Steering / Controllability

Cons

  • Bagging Capability
  • Difficult Maintenance
  • Poor Cut Quality
  • Transmission

Best Uses

  • Side Discharge

Comments about Exmark Commercial 30:

This is the most frustrating mower that I have owned. In many ways, I have really enjoyed using the mower. I like the handle operation. I like the speed (at least on flat ground). The deck, wheels, and handle seem well built. I liked the 1 gal fuel tank. Under ideal circumstances, this mower is very nice to use. HOWEVER, as many have stated, the transmission is terrible on hills. I did buy mine when the mower first came out. I had taken it to a dealer and they told me my transmission was working fine. They adjusted the belt and it seemed to improve but still not good enough. One other aspect that frustrated me on a consistent basis was it's bagging capability. Again, under ideal circumstances, no problems. But as soon as the grass was a little moist and/or a little long it would plug up.....every time. I never would get a full bag. I don't know if this engine is just under powered or if it is because the grass chute is too long, but it just suffered in performance during the times that I needed it most. As a commercial operator, I don't have the luxury of always mowing under the most ideal circumstances. I always had to resort back to my 21 inch Honda HRC 216 when the exmark failed. It would always plow through what the exmark couldn't get done. It seems that exmark is a good brand. They seem to build good stuff. But this machine is a flop. Good idea. But just doesn't cut it for me. I will be looking for 36 mower this spring and will continue to use a my regular 21 inch Honda for when I can't use the bigger mower. Overall, this mower will cause more headaches than it is worth. Sure, you may save a little bit of time during the summer months when the weather is dryer and the grass is not growing quite so thick, but in the spring time when its wetter and everyone has fertilized the lawn, this mower will cost you in terms of time. I would not recommend this mower to anyone. I am, however, happy to say that I am finally at peace with this lawn mower. I have sold mine.

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(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Junk

By 

from Ohio

About Me Landscape Professional

Pros

    Cons

    • Difficult Maintenance
    • Poor Construction
    • Poor Engine Performance / Brand

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Exmark Commercial 30:

    This mower is not reliable for commercial use. Maintenance is awkward and difficult. The engine is not secured to the body of the mower well enough for everyday use and the bolts come undone. Will never purchase from exmark again.

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Transmission issues

    By 

    from South Carolina

    About Me Homeowner

    Pros

    • Cut Quality

    Cons

    • Poor Construction

    Best Uses

    • Mulching

    Comments about Exmark Commercial 30:

    This unit cuts well, runs well, but has had numerous issues. The most important being the failure of the transmission. This was a known issue for the first production year. Mine failed outside the warranty period. I took the transmission apart to find a cheap cast drive gear had several sheared teeth. Weak part that failed...this was not due to abuse. Exmark has since changed the part# of a new transmission...hence something was addressed. They should of been recalled.

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great product, wrong yard!

    By 

    from Birmingham, AL

    About Me Homeowner

    Pros

    • Comfort & Ergonomics
    • Cut Quality
    • Engine Performance / Brand
    • Fuel Efficiency
    • Heavy Duty Construction
    • High Build Quality
    • Speed

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Areas With Full Sun
    • Level Ground
    • Professional / Commercial Mowing
    • Residential Mowing
    • Small Lawns (Less than 1 acre)
    • Warm Season Grass

    Comments about Exmark Commercial 30:

    I owned this product for a year and a half and gave it every opportunity to work for me. It simply wasn't the right product for my lawn. I have a lawn with many terrain features including steep inclines, mature shade trees, fencing, and a steep bank facing the main road adjacent to our house. The primary reason I bought this mower was so I could get into and out of my yard quicker. I've owned a riding mower in the past but there are simply too many obstacles to navigate to make a riding mower practical and a riding mower is tough on my yard.
    Because of all the deep shade in my yard I elected to put in Tall Fescue last year to eliminate bare spots around and under trees. While that project has been successful it showed some glaring weaknesses in my new mower. It simply will not cut wet or even damp grass without issues. I kept a spare set of blades on hand and always made sure the blades were sharp. I tried mulching, side discharge and bagging but had to stop the mower several times during spring cutting and rainy weather to dislodge grass clumps under the mower deck. There was little difference in performance in any of the three cutting modes. Even waiting three or four days after a rain during warm weather wasn't enough to cut the entire yard without having to either stop mowing to get rid of grass clumps or simply try to keep cutting and rake and bag the grass afterwards. Even in dry weather this machine struggles to climb a slight incline. To the dealer's credit, they stepped in and helped me transition to an Exmark Commercial 21 and all of these problems were solved. I will give an extensive review of that product on this site under that product area.
    Although I'm a homeowner with only one yard to cut, that one yard is about half an acre of grass with seven 40 to 50 foot hardwood trees providing shade, and has many slopes, inclines and a very difficult bank as mentioned before. I'm not an expert on small engine power equipment but I was a pretty fair auto mechanic in my youth. From that perspective I feel very strongly that the Commercial 30 is very under powered. This isn't an indictment of Exmark because they are using one of the largest vertical engines available for this application. If there were a 200cc or maybe a 240cc vertical engine available for this mower then most if not all of the problems would be solved. But you have to ask what a mower like that would weigh; 200 lbs. or more? This mower is difficult to maneuver on slopes, won't climb even a modest hill without the operator pushing it, and bogs down in thick or wet grass.
    I concluded that if you need to cut warm season grasses on relatively level lawns the Commercial 30 merits consideration. Even the steep sloping bank I cut with it shortened my mowing time by half due to the 30" wide cut. But at the end of the day it was fatiguing and I always had to roll the mower on it's side to chip the grass from under the deck once I finished mowing. I gave it 4 stars because it is extremely well built and engineered (with the notable exception of needing a more powerful engine) and in the right situation will substantially increase production over a 21" mower.

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    4.0

    Made my life easier.

    By 

    from Missouri City, TX

    About Me Homeowner

    Pros

    • 3 In 1 Cutting
    • Blade Brake Clutch
    • Cut Quality
    • Ease of Maintenance
    • Ease of Use
    • Engine Performance / Brand
    • Fuel Efficiency
    • Gator Blade
    • Heavy Duty Construction
    • Rear Height Adjustment
    • Speed

    Cons

    • Difficult Oil Change
    • Far Drive Bail
    • Front Height Adjustment
    • Heavy
    • Heavy In Turning

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Exmark Commercial 30:

    Almost a year, I had been reading and viewing all of the reviews I could find before deciding to buy this mower. I purchased a 2015 model. After a month of using it I am able to put my input. This will replace my 21 inches mowers. I used to do a yard close to 3 hours. Now I could do 2 yards in 3 hours. I cut dry, wet St. Augustine and Bermuda mix grasses. Mulching wet grasses is no big deal. But if I take off like 3 inches of grass in mulch mode, mower tends to choke up. Of course that is not recommended. It cuts clean in bagging, mulching or side discharge. I like the Kawasaki engine, the sound of blade engaging. The engine has sufficient power. Of course if you cut overgrown grass it will bog down. The speed is good. I never used full throttle in my work. I would be jogging in that case. The quick changes from mulching to bagging to side discharging are a great plus. The rear height adjustments are awesome. There's no more going back to the 21's! Some of the not so great features are the front wheels. Caster wheels would be great for turning considering the weight of this mower. The front height adjuster is sometimes tricky. It should be like the ones on the rear. Or the pulling handle should be a bit wider so that it is easy to pull up. The engine guard is good only for head on with the brushes or branches. Be watchful of the gas tank. It's vulnerable with dangling branches. The drive bail is far to reach considering my small hands. The outer lips of the deck collects grass clippings. The metal tabs on the bag tears up garbage bags. Lastly the mower is a bit heavy.

    Service and delivery comments:

    My authorized dealer delivered it for free! The product arrived in good condition.

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    4.0

    Saves time

    By 

    from Edgewater, Florida

    About Me Landscape Professional

    Pros

    • Cut Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Fuel Efficiency
    • Heavy Duty Construction

    Cons

    • Difficult Maintenance

    Best Uses

    • Mulching
    • Small Lawns (Less than 1 acre)

    Comments about Exmark Commercial 30:

    Well made machine. could us more HP. Over all great time saver!

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    4.0

    Perfect Mower for our business

    By 

    from Rapid City, SD

    About Me Landscape Professional

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Transmission Degrades

    Best Uses

    • Bagging
    • Professional / Commercial Mowing
    • Side Discharge
    • Small Lawns (Less than 1 acre)

    Comments about Exmark Commercial 30:

    I own two Exmark 30's, one purchased in May 2013 (Currently 200 hours) and the second purchased June 2014 (Currently 100 hours). I lease these mowers to my teenage kids who mow around 40-50 "20 minute" lawns with them and the kids and mowers do a great job. Our business is growing thanks to these mowers. They are both equipped with Tiny Tachs for billing purposes. After using the older mower for a while, we realized that it was not filling the bag completely so I tightened the governor to get around 3400 no load RPM. This helped performance a lot, so when I purchased the second unit I did the same thing to improve performance. They both came stock running around 3200 RPM. I would agree that they are not overpowered but increasing the no load RPM to near the 3500 recommended in the manual definitely helps. The older unit's transmission was very weak toward the end of last season, so my dealer replaced it at no cost to me. My understanding is that Exmark now offers a two year warranty on the transmission and so far we have not had trouble with the newer unit. If the transmission held up better and it had a little more power, I would definitely give this mower a 5 star rating. Regardless, it is the best mower we have found for small lawns and demanding customers.

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    5.0

    Time saver and excellent quality of cut.

    By 

    from High Ridge, Missouri

    About Me Homeowner, Landscape Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfort & Ergonomics
    • Compact
    • Ease of Maintenance
    • Ease of Use
    • Fuel Efficiency
    • Great Quality Of Cut
    • Heavy Duty Construction
    • Quality
    • Space Saver
    • Speed
    • Time Saver

    Cons

    • Could Use More Hp

    Best Uses

    • Bagging
    • Getting Into Small Fences
    • Professional / Commercial Mowing
    • Residential Mowing
    • Small Lawns (Less than 1 acre)

    Comments about Exmark Commercial 30:

    Bought this more because I have quite a few yards I can't get my 48" into the back yards. This mower works just great. No need to have two cheaper mowers taking space on the truck and trailer. It is very easy to switch between bagging, mulching or side discharge. Made my guys more productive. Very happy with the unit.

    Service and delivery comments:

    My dealer was very helpful and professional. They didn't have one in stock but was able to get me one with in a day and they set it up for me and installed a tiny tac for me as well. Very happy purchase.

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    1.0

    Not reliable

    By 

    from Stettler alberta canada

    About Me Landscape Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Cut Quality
    • Fuel Efficiency

    Cons

    • Difficult Maintenance
    • Drive System Poor
    • Poor Engine Performance / Brand

    Best Uses

    • Professional / Commercial Mowing

    Comments about Exmark Commercial 30:

    Spends more time broke down than running, problem is drive system!

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    5.0

    Lives up to the Hype

    By 

    from Maple Grove, MN

    About Me Homeowner

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Cut Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Engine Performance / Brand
    • Fuel Efficiency
    • Heavy Duty Construction
    • Speed
    • Styling / Appearance
    • Tough

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Bagging
      • Medium Lawns (1-2 acres)
      • Mulching
      • Side Discharge

      Comments about Exmark Commercial 30:

      Our eXmark, has performed above our expectations. We feel that this machine certainly lives up to the hype of a commercial grade mower in a residential setting. Once you get used to maneuverability with the eXmark, since it is larger and heavier than a normal mower, the machine performs as it should.

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