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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


EC30 High Performance Mulch Kit

Part# 116-8841

The aerodynamically designed deck, baffles and blades create airflow patterns that circulate leaves and grass for repeated cuttings and dispersal deep into the turf. The bolt-in mulching baffles in addition to the mulch plug, redirect the clippings within the cutting chambers so that it results in improved mulching efficiency and much more even distribution of mulched clippings or leaves across the width of cut. The mulch kit can be used with the bagger and results in a portion of the clippings being mulched and a portion being bagged resulting in a significant reduction in the amount of bagged clippings (fill reduction).

Warranty


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Reviews


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ExmarkCommercial 30
 
4.1

(based on 71 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (39)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Heavy duty construction (55)
  • Cut quality (54)
  • Ease of use (52)
  • Engine performance / brand (41)
  • Speed (41)

Cons

  • Difficult maintenance (12)
  • Poor engine performance / brand (10)
  • Lack of speed (6)
  • Poor quality (6)
  • Poor cut quality (5)

Best Uses

  • Small lawns (less than 1 acre) (46)
  • Professional / commercial mowing (43)
  • Bagging (39)
  • Residential mowing (38)
  • Mulching (27)
    • Engine Brand?:
    • Kawasaki (55), Exmark (5)
    • Deck Size?:
    • 30" (40)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Landscape professional (53), Homeowner (22), Grounds manager (5), Acreage owner (4)
    • Personal or Professional Use?:
    • Professional (56), Personal (23)

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.

Reviewed by 71 customers

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(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

big timesaver!

By 

from Arlington , Texas

About Me Landscape Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Bagging
    • Mulching
    • Professional / Commercial Mowing
    • Side Discharge
    • Striping

    Comments about Exmark Commercial 30:

    This is a great machine leaves a great cut big timesaver vs the 21".

     
    5.0

    Work Horse

    By 

    from Ossian IN

    About Me Homeowner

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Undesirable Styling / Appearance

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Exmark Commercial 30:

    I love this mower

     
    5.0

    Great option for getting into smaller lawn areas

    By 

    from Cleveland, Oh

    About Me Landscape Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Bagging
      • Professional / Commercial Mowing
      • Residential Mowing
      • Side Discharge

      Comments about Exmark Commercial 30:

      The crew uses the Exmark 30" for small lawn areas, tree lawns or back yards with gates. We removed the traditional 36" walk behind from the crews and replaced it with this mower without compromising efficiency. The crew now uses the small 21" mower less since the 30" can handle small areas more efficiently. It cuts well, bags well and is efficient. The only complaint we have is the weight of the machine relative to the narrow wheel size, in soft ground there may be a tendency to sink slightly. The unit is solid and well built, stands up to daily commercial use but would also be a good option for a homeowner looking for long term value.

      Service and delivery comments:

      We purchased 3 units in 2015 which other than normal maintenance had no issues. We sold the three used units and bought 3 new units again this year to turn them over. We've had no warranty or service issues. Our dealer has been excellent to work with.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fantastic mower

      By 

      from Virginia

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

        Comments about Exmark Commercial 30:

        Great mower easy to use. Did 4 lawns today and saved 2.5 hours with this mower over my old 21 inch. Does hills easy definitely better to go side to side rather than up and down. Everything about it is great. Only thing I would change is the location of the choke/blade speed is on the left side exposed and it turned off when going by a bush. Great all around job keep up the great work Exmark!!!!!! Life time customer.

         
        5.0

        Best push mower on the market

        By 

        from Nashville TN

        About Me Landscape Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Cut Quality
        • Ease of Use
        • Heavy Duty Construction
        • Steering / Controllability

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Mulching
          • Residential Mowing

          Comments about Exmark Commercial 30:

          Great heavy built mower. Very easy to use. Heavy built and pulls itself like its nothing.

           
          5.0

          Great Mower

          By 

          from Lancaster PA

          About Me Grounds Manager, Landscape Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Exmark Commercial 30:

            Great mower!

            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Not the Exmark I thought it would be

            By 

            from Alabama

            About Me Landscape Professional

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Poor Cut Quality
            • Poor Engine Performance / Brand

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Exmark Commercial 30:

            This mower has a great appearance, and constructed well. However it needs more power. It was not the Exmark product i thought it will be, I have always big a fan of Exmark, however i seek a different option next time.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Yes

            By 

            from Rialto ca

            About Me Landscape Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Cut Quality
            • Ease of Use

            Cons

            • Poor Construction
            • Poor Engine Performance / Brand

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Exmark Commercial 30:

            Nice cut

            Service and delivery comments:

            Good

             
            4.0

            Yes I would buy for sure

            By 

            from Rialto ca

            About Me Homeowner, Landscape Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Cut Quality
            • Ease of Use

            Cons

            • Poor Construction
            • Poor Engine Performance / Brand

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Exmark Commercial 30:

            The concept is perfect but I think a little bit of heavy duty build be super

            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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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