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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

EC30 High Performance Mulch Kit

Warranty


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Reviews


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ExmarkCommercial 30
 
4.1

(based on 56 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Heavy duty construction (43)
  • Cut quality (41)
  • Ease of use (40)
  • Engine performance / brand (33)
  • Speed (30)

Cons

  • Difficult maintenance (11)
  • Lack of speed (6)
  • Poor engine performance / brand (6)
  • Poor cut quality (4)
  • Poor quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Small lawns (less than 1 acre) (37)
  • Professional / commercial mowing (34)
  • Bagging (30)
  • Residential mowing (26)
  • Mulching (24)
    • Engine Brand?:
    • Kawasaki (43), Exmark (5)
    • Deck Size?:
    • 30" (27)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Landscape professional (41), Homeowner (17), Grounds manager (3)
    • Personal or Professional Use?:
    • Professional (45), Personal (17)

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

 

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

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...Read complete review

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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3.0

Solid mower with some real weaknesses

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from Salt Lake City, UT

About Me Landscape Professional

Pros

  • Comfort & Ergonomics
  • Cut Quality
  • Ease of Use
  • Fuel Efficiency
  • Heavy Duty Construction
  • Speed
  • Styling / Appearance

Cons

  • Difficult Maintenance
  • Poor Engine Performance / Brand

Best Uses

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

Comments about Exmark Commercial 30:

Overall the mower is built very well. The mower is strong and moves pretty quick while delivering a quality cut. The biggest issue are some of the components. We've had the mower two years and it's been in the shop at least 6 times due to a bad transmission or weak belts. The repairs have really added up. That said, I love the mower and the lines it gives but the costs out weigh the benefit. Hopefully they fix the component issues and make this mower equal to the Honda 21".

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2.0

Poorly built piece of junk.

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from Denver, CO

About Me Landscape Professional

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Engine Performance / Brand
  • Styling / Appearance

Cons

  • Difficult Maintenance
  • Lack of Speed
  • Poor Construction

Best Uses

  • Residential Mowing
  • Side Discharge
  • Small Lawns (Less than 1 acre)

Comments about Exmark Commercial 30:

We have wright standers, honda 21s, and this piece of junk that is 1 year old. When we first got it the engine wasn't running properly, had to go into the shop immediately. Then, engine bolts fell out. Replaced by dealer. Then, engine bolts fell out again, replaced again by dealer. Throttle cable has snapped twice, it rides on other parts and wears quickly. Rear gears inside wheels have worn down already. Rear wheel broke in half. Oil filter assembly falls off repeatedly, must tighten often. Pulleys snapped off randomly, replaced under warranty with bigger pulleys. After pulleys replaced other cable snapped, probably installed too tightly. Overall, we have zero issues with our hondas and wrights, and this thing is a nuisance!

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5.0

I would buy this product again

By 

from St. Louis, Mo.

Comments about Exmark Commercial 30:

I like this mower and if you figure up all the yards I mow it equals about 2 acres and haven't had any problems out of it yet. I have only owned this for 3 months and I really like it. I have a couple yards that has a hill in there back yards and one of them slopes 2 different directions and it works perfectly on them

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4.0

Solid piece of equipment so far.

By 

from Aurora, CO

About Me Landscape Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Cut Quality
  • Ease of Use
  • Engine Performance / Brand
  • Speed
  • Steering / Controllability
  • Styling / Appearance

Cons

  • Difficult Maintenance
  • Poor Fuel Efficiency

Best Uses

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

Comments about Exmark Commercial 30:

The Exmark Commercial 30, so far, seems to be a quality addition to my modest fleet and a time saver over my 21". The cut quality is great even though I have a tough time getting and keeping a razor sharp edge on the blades. It's not much of a striper but leaves a "carpet" look which I prefer on small properties.
Grass build up under the deck is a constant issue which requires time to remove and while removing the paint comes with it. I'm questioning the longevity of the deck due to poor paint quality. I don't side discharge, tremendous bagger and vacuum, tends to throw clumps while mulching medium-high grass.
Overall, I'm happy with my purchase.

Service and delivery comments:

Called Exmark directly prior to purchase to get clarification of previous tranny issues. The gentlemen politely informed me all questions were to be directed to the dealer. I asked the dealer but I wanted to hear from the horses mouth. Very disappointing that Exmark fails to relate with consumers.

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2.0

Would not recommend severly under powered

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from Hiawassee GA

About Me Landscape Professional

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Heavy Duty Construction

Cons

  • Difficult Maintenance
  • Poor Engine Performance / Brand

Best Uses

  • Bagging
  • Small Lawns (Less than 1 acre)

Comments about Exmark Commercial 30:

Well built heavy machine, but is severely under powered. Works decent as a bagger and side chute, but does not have enough power to mulch. Wet grass is constantly plugging up. Forward speed too fast for hills and belts slip a lot. Good for flat yards that are mowed every 5 days. Probably will sell it a very big disappointment.

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4.0

Awesome Mower Overall - 150 Hour Review

By 

from spokane, wa

About Me Grounds Manager, Homeowner, Landscape Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Front Height Adjustment Time Consuming
  • Non Adjustable Height Handle Bar
  • Non Folding Handle Bar
  • No Oil Change Drain Plug
  • Oil Filter Changing Difficult- Very Tight Space

Best Uses

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

Comments about Exmark Commercial 30:

Pros: Works way better than Toro TimeMaster 30". Lots of power, mulches and bags great. Good speed, self propelled in the best sense. Durable, heavy duty, built like a tank. Saves time and cuts down on fatigue. Does good in wet conditions, tires are grippy, pulls you along with it.
Cons: Wish handle bar folded up or adjusted in some way. Takes up space in trailer. More awkward for taller as handle bar doesn't adjust as other mowers do. Will suit the majority of users though. Oil filter space is very tight, making changing filter cumbersome. No drain plug for draining oil, must tip on side. Front wheel height adjustment is cumbersome and time consuming. Mower is heavy so you must lift mower to take wheel out and attempt to put into the correct height hole. Wish there was 1 bar that did both wheels, like the Toro 30" Turfmaster does. Seeing the correct height number level is difficult as everything is black plastic, the numbers and the background of the numbers. Handle bar is metal and hurts hands after a while, will need to add foam wrap around pad or bicycle tape. Overall a 4 out of 5, will be buying another. Wish those several improvements were made and it would be a 5 out of 5.

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5.0

grassperson

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from lewisville, texas

About Me Landscape Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Cut Quality
  • Ease of Maintenance
  • Fuel Efficiency
  • Heavy Duty Construction
  • Speed
  • Steering / Controllability
  • Styling / Appearance

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Bagging
    • Medium Lawns (1-2 acres)

    Comments about Exmark Commercial 30:

    very good product

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    5.0

    Best purchase ever!!!!

    By 

    from Philadelphia, PA

    About Me Government / Municipality, Grounds Manager, Landscape Professional

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Exmark Commercial 30:

      This mower has been the best thing that has ever happened to me, as well as the best purchase I have made! With the wider deck, you are able to get more done faster! Also, the blade stop is a great feature because it allows you to travel up and down streets and threw other grasses without the loud blade on. Although it might have a bit of weight to it, it is pretty easy to transport. This is definitely a beneficial product for those who would use it for commercial use and would probably be beneficial for those that need something bigger than an average push mower. So far, after 2 years with the great machine, there have been no major issues. I would highly recommend and I highly praise this wonderful machine!

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      4.0

      not sure just got it

      By 

      from kissimmee,fl

      About Me Landscape Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Availability & Performance of Accessories
      • Cut Quality
      • Ease of Maintenance
      • Ease of Use
      • Fuel Efficiency
      • Heavy Duty Construction
      • Speed

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Mulching
        • Professional / Commercial Mowing

        Comments about Exmark Commercial 30:

        Just got it need time to see how it last though the seasons

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        4.0

        Big things do come in small packages!

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        from Shreveport, Louisiana

        About Me Landscape Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Ease of Maintenance
        • Ease of Use
        • Speed

        Cons

        • Poor Engine Performance / Brand

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Exmark Commercial 30:

        This unit is a great substitute for the Metro 36" unit I was previously using. Though the Commercial 30 does not have nearly the power the Metro has it makes up in it's light weight, smaller trailer footprint, and versatility. Having the option to switch from mulching, side discharge, and bagging is a major plus. The only shortfall for me is it seems a bit underpowered in taller grass, but this unit is still a little beast!

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