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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
Engine Model FJ180V KAI
Engine Brand Kawasaki®
Engine Series FJ KAI
Engine Speed 3,500 rpm
Air Filter Dual element air cleaner
Drive Description Self-propelled, rear-wheel gear-driven.
Speed 0.0 mph to 4.2 (6.6 kmph) mph forward.
Fuel Capacity 1 gallon (3.8-L)
Engine Type Carbureted
Engine Displacement 179
Drive Belt-Drive
Fuel Indicator None
Carb Compliant Yes
Fuel Type Gas Carbureted
Decks
Deck Style Fixed Deck
Deck Style Description Fixed deck, Rear-discharge bagger with option to mulch or side discharge.
Width / Cutting Deck 30"
Deck Construction 4.6" Deep Stamped Steel with welded reinforcement
Cutting Heights 1.5"(3.8 cm) to 5.0" (12.7 cm) in 0.5" (1.3 cm) increments.
Blade Tip Speed Approximately 18,500 fpm.
Bag Capacity 2.5 bushels (20 gallons)
Blades 2 Blades at 15.4" Length
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 62 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Heavy duty construction (48)
  • Cut quality (47)
  • Ease of use (44)
  • Engine performance / brand (37)
  • Speed (35)

Cons

  • Difficult maintenance (12)
  • Poor engine performance / brand (7)
  • Lack of speed (6)
  • Poor cut quality (4)
  • Poor quality (4)

Best Uses

  • Small lawns (less than 1 acre) (40)
  • Professional / commercial mowing (38)
  • Bagging (33)
  • Residential mowing (32)
  • Mulching (25)
    • Engine Brand?:
    • Kawasaki (47), Exmark (5)
    • Deck Size?:
    • 30" (31)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Landscape professional (46), Homeowner (20), Acreage owner (4), Grounds manager (4)
    • Personal or Professional Use?:
    • Professional (50), Personal (19)

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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1.0

Your better off buying a 21" non commercial

By 

from Hamilton OH

About Me Landscape Professional

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Cut Quality
  • Fuel Efficiency
  • Speed

Cons

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

Best Uses

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

Comments about Exmark Commercial 30:

Mower cuts great. That is the only good thing. I've had this mower around three years and have replaced all belts twice, all the cables, one spindle and have had to tighten the engine bolts repeatedly. Recently a 6" crack appeared on the deck near the engine, the transmission is going out, and today the blade brake completely broke in half. This mower cuts two yards a week and does a few small areas my vantage can't get. For this mower to fall apart like this with the amount of use it gets is ridiculous. I bought this mower to replace a toro super recycler that lasted 6 years with the same amount of use. Shame on you exmark! I won't even go into the lame excuses customer service have me.

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5.0

Won't go back to any other push mower

By 

from Idaho falls, id

About Me Landscape Professional

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Exmark Commercial 30:

    I use this mower all the time. It has cut my push mowing time in half. I couldn't imagine using a smaller push mower again.

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    5.0

    Great mower. The extra width gives reduced mowing time.

    By 

    from Argo, Alabama

    About Me Acreage Owner, Homeowner, Landscape Professional

    Verified Buyer

    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)
      • Mulching
      • Professional / Commercial Mowing
      • Residential Mowing
      • Side Discharge

      Comments about Exmark Commercial 30:

      I my EXmark for home yard maintenance .

      Service and delivery comments:

      Excellent service. Purchased mower in store and it left with me the same day

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      5.0

      Awesome machine

      By 

      from Lansing Michigan

      About Me Grounds Manager, Homeowner, Landscape Professional

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Exmark Commercial 30:

        I love this machine ,used it the first day. Bought another one the next day. It has doubled productivity and does a superb job. Ive killed almost ever mower out there, and this mower is the only one yet to keep up. Also im a scag man so trust me when i tell you this is a great machine.

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        5.0

        Awesome mower

        By 

        from Newport,MN

        About Me Landscape Professional

        Verified Buyer

        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

          • Residential Mowing

          Comments about Exmark Commercial 30:

          Use this mower for few yards. And it made them faster going from 21 to 30

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          3.0

          Is heavy,Needs more pwr but already sucks gas.CUTS NICE.

          By 

          from 55448

          About Me Acreage Owner, Homeowner

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Cut Quality
          • Ease of Use
          • Heavy Duty Construction

          Cons

          • Poor Fuel Efficiency

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Exmark Commercial 30:

          I own 3 acres. I push mow the front for 1) a better look, and 2) the exercise. This mower cuts time in half over a std. 20" pusher. My old pusher is made of aluminum. This mower should be. It needs a diet worse than I do. I would like this mower to have 25% more power even though I'd have to fill the tank a little sooner. Good trade. It does a nice job. I also have very thick, heavy grass.

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          3.0

          Solid mower with some real weaknesses

          By 

          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.

          By 

          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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