View Full Version : HELP! Walk Behind or rider???

08-03-2008, 04:30 PM
ok here it is. dad sold lawnmower cause he needed money. now. i am on a limited budget but should i get a walkbehind or a zero turn? im lookin to stay around 48" because of gates and such so walkbehind be good but i also have a few accounts the that i think would be too tough for a walkbehind. (rough ground rocks and such) so. i am now open to any and all suggestions

08-03-2008, 05:35 PM
walk behind

08-03-2008, 05:53 PM
if you are not mowing big yards i would get a walkbehind.the cut is better and you can get in small places exmark makes a great 36 and 48. just get a good vilky to ride on..

08-04-2008, 12:38 PM
I would go with a walk behind and a velke. If the property is too rough, why would you want to put a more expensive zero turn on it. Save the money now and go with the walk behind.

Cranky Bait
08-04-2008, 01:04 PM
If you get a walk behind get a Hydro not belt driven especially if the lot is rough.

david shumaker
08-04-2008, 08:07 PM
I started with a walk behind. It is fine for small yards, but if you have larger yards you will probably want a rider when you can afford it. A walk behind gets old after awhile and tires you out. You can use the walk behind as a backup after you buy the rider. Alot of my yards have slope and ditches, so I don't know if a velke would work out. I never did have a velke.

08-04-2008, 08:28 PM
agree get a hydro wb with a velky you can get them in big sizes up to 60in there very productive and more cost effective then a rider

08-05-2008, 12:34 AM
yes i would love to get a snapper pro sw20 48" with proslide. but.... would it take the evil big lot??? lol it has holes, rocks, large clumps of grass and nothing but bumpy uneven ground. it took about 2 and half hours with a residential john deere 54" it roughly 3.5 acres.

08-05-2008, 01:11 AM
3.5 acres!?! I'd want a ztr for that!! it is pheasable to use a wb if it a 60" plus. If you are limited to a 48" cut and have properties that large I would definitely get a ztr. check out your local paper or online you may be able to find a package deal on a larger ztr and a smaller wb. I haul an eXmark 36 tracer two out of five days, and do all of my small gated backs with it, the rest of the week we run 50" and 56" Lazer HP's

Even Cut Lawn Care
08-05-2008, 04:17 AM
hey man,
What are you looking to spend? Im about 2 hours from you and will be getting a new mower or two soon so I'll be selling the used ones. Ill even deliver it to you since you are close. I also have a 48" WB thats is prtty much brand new, I'll make ya a heck of a deal on it! Gimme a call if you are interested and I'll fill ya in on what all I have. (417) 293-7058 Matt

08-05-2008, 04:59 AM
3.5 acres !?! I'd want a ztr for that !! ...

I have to agree ... you could spend all day on a 3.5 acre property with a WB !!

08-05-2008, 08:13 PM
Well, depending on your yard sizes will depend on what you want. If you wanted a 48''
walk behind I would try a Exmark Metro, and I think you can Get a Turf Tracer in a 48".
But if you get a walk behind get a Hydro Drive.

George Mason
08-06-2008, 11:30 PM
I got a new WB this summer and spent the money and got a hydro, trust me it is worth it. I have a few friends that still run belts for one reason or another and I just couldn't imagine going and buying one new or used after operating a hydro. Mine is a Ferris, 48" and I really enjoy it and find it to be extremely versatile.