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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

Features


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Patented Front Height Adjustment

Innovative, simple and built to last, our patented front height adjustment eliminates the need for pivot-style adjusters. The single-point rear height adjustment allows the operator to quickly change the cutting height.

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Bag Capacity

2.5 bushel capacity

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Twin-Blade Efficiency

The Commercial 30’s timed blade system keeps the overall design compact while delivering a superior cut. It also reduces the horsepower requirement.

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Simplified Maintenance

Its access panel makes for easy belt and blade adjustments. And less time in the shop means more time on the job.

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Heavyweight Performance, Lightweight Handling

Unit weighs more than a 21”, but operator will not see additional fatigue in operation due to balance of unit and increased coverage.

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Productivity

Improve productivity, increase control and manage costs with a deceptively light walk-behind mower.

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Holds Side-Hills

Positive drive transmission holds side-hills and helps prevent downhill “run-away”.

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


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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
 
4.2

(based on 84 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (49)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Heavy duty construction (67)
  • Cut quality (66)
  • Ease of use (61)
  • Speed (52)
  • Engine performance / brand (49)

Cons

  • Difficult maintenance (13)
  • Poor engine performance / brand (11)
  • Lack of speed (7)
  • Poor quality (6)
  • Poor cut quality (5)

Best Uses

  • Small lawns (less than 1 acre) (55)
  • Professional / commercial mowing (52)
  • Residential mowing (46)
  • Bagging (44)
  • Mulching (32)
    • Engine Brand?:
    • Kawasaki (65), Exmark (8)
    • Deck Size?:
    • 30" (53)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Landscape professional (66), Homeowner (25), Grounds manager (7), Acreage owner (4), Government / municipality (3)
    • Personal or Professional Use?:
    • Professional (67), Personal (27)

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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4.0

yes

By 

from Nampa, Idaho

About Me Homeowner, Landscape Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Difficult to Use

Best Uses

  • Residential Mowing

Comments about Exmark Commercial 30:

very good mower

Service and delivery comments:

yes

 
5.0

I would buy this mower again

By 

from Dayton ohio

About Me Homeowner, Landscape Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Lack of Speed

Best Uses

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

Comments about Exmark Commercial 30:

Great mower

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

yes

By 

from Nampa, Idaho

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
  • Styling / Appearance

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Bagging
    • Professional / Commercial Mowing
    • Residential Mowing

    Comments about Exmark Commercial 30:

    very good mower

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    I would definitely recommend this mower

    By 

    from Fort Collins CO

    About Me Landscape Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Difficult to Use
    • Poor Steering / Controllability

    Best Uses

    • Small Lawns (Less than 1 acre)

    Comments about Exmark Commercial 30:

    I use it for my business

    Service and delivery comments:

    No delivery

     
    5.0

    I would buy again

    By 

    from Reno, nv

    About Me Landscape Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Difficult Maintenance
    • Poor Engine Performance / Brand

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Exmark Commercial 30:

    A lot of repairs needed all the time. I own 8 and I have at least 1 in the shop at all times. Units only 1-3 years old.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great mower! Cuts my mowing time down big time!

    By 

    from Peachland, BC Canada

    About Me Landscape Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Cut Quality
    • Heavy Duty Construction
    • Speed

    Cons

    • Heavy to lift on yards with stairs, but oh well.

    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:

    Great mower, leaves good stripes. However, heavy to lift on yards with stairs, but oh well.

     
    5.0

    Smooth mower

    By 

    from Columbus Ohio

    About Me Landscape Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fuel Efficiency
    • Speed
    • Steering / Controllability

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Medium Lawns (1-2 acres)

      Comments about Exmark Commercial 30:

      Great little mower strong

       
      5.0

      Own 2 Commercial 30's.

      By 

      from Hayden Lake, Idaho

      About Me Homeowner, Landscape Professional

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Poor Fuel Efficiency
      • Poor Zero-Turning Radius

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Exmark Commercial 30:

      GREAT MOWER, heavy DUTY , EASY TO USE, in WET GRASS JUST CHANGE OUT THE SIDE DISCHARGE COVER WITH THE SHOOT AND THERE IS NO GRASS BUILD UP UNDERNEATH WHICH WILL RUIN YOUR 50.00 DOLLAR DRIVE BELT. EXCELLENT MACHINES.

      Service and delivery comments:

      eXMARK GOES THE EXTRA MILE TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE HAPPY. QUICK ON PARTS,

       
      5.0

      Double wide bad boy

      By 

      from Tri Town Area Colorado

      About Me Government / Municipality, Grounds Manager, Landscape Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Ability to finish yards faster.
      • Collection bag good size, easy to dump.
      • Cut Quality
      • Ease of Use
      • Engine Performance / Brand
      • Fits in small gates
      • Fuel Efficiency
      • Heavy Duty Construction
      • Speed
      • Steering / Controllability
      • Styling / Appearance

      Cons

      • Discharge chute gets clogged.
      • Does not like wet grass, or really tall grass.
      • Self propel.
      • Shes a heavy one.

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Exmark Commercial 30:

      I have watched this mower for a while, reading reviews, watching videos.I was on the fence with wanting to buy this mower. I decided to pull the trigger and get one anyway. I am glad it did. It's a great mower. If the grass is too tall, it's very easy to adjust the height. Stripes nicely and east to use.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I would buy the product again

      By 

      from Atlanta, Ga

      About Me Landscape Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Medium Lawns (1-2 acres)

        Comments about Exmark Commercial 30:

        I like it is wide to reach a lot of areas on the lawn. It has a quick start, nice model and size.

        Service and delivery comments:

        Pick up at store.

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