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Grzube
02-08-2012, 11:27 AM
We are looking to change our set up slightly, we run mostly 44-48" zrt's and some 21" toro pro lines, and we've had this Cub Cadet cc760 33" since 2007 with 700+ hrs on it. The deck has been repaired, a weak drive lever(repaired 3 times) cables breaking every 150-200 hrs, mind you it's not a commercial grade mower. Now looking to buy x2 34-36" walk behind mowers, hydro's starting at $4000+ and belt driven with a 7 gauge deck $1750+. What are your experiences with your mowers and how many hrs do you have & how much $ in repairs, thanks!:canadaflag:

ralph02813
02-08-2012, 12:54 PM
We are looking to change our set up slightly, we run mostly 44-48" zrt's and some 21" toro pro lines, and we've had this Cub Cadet cc760 33" since 2007 with 700+ hrs on it. The deck has been repaired, a weak drive lever(repaired 3 times) cables breaking every 150-200 hrs, mind you it's not a commercial grade mower. Now looking to buy x2 34-36" walk behind mowers, hydro's starting at $4000+ and belt driven with a 7 gauge deck $1750+. What are your experiences with your mowers and how many hrs do you have & how much $ in repairs, thanks!:canadaflag:

36 ferris hydro: oil and filter and air filter (40 hrs) ,blades (10hours) , fuel filter 350 hours that is it so far.

Grzube
02-08-2012, 02:00 PM
Down here we have, Gravely, John Deere, Toro that have dealers that are close to our region. Slightly further away are, Bob Cat, Exmark, Ferris.

Grzube
02-10-2012, 01:38 PM
Any ideas on those 'BETTER" mowers? Thanks

unkownfl
02-10-2012, 01:42 PM
I have had all kinds of belt drives. If these are going to be mowers used by employees I would stick with a name brand belt drive. I have looked at those better built mowers they are ok but with an operation being done with true employees and not shareholders they will not last. I wouldn't waste my money on a small hydro to heavy to much to go wrong. Get a true velke that will turn around when you step off to back up and not a piece that only goes 90 degrees like a JJ bradley that has to be hung up to walk backwards.

Grzube
02-10-2012, 01:53 PM
Alot of guys down here run Toro and Gravely. I've seen quite a few guys with the Gravely belt driven mower, and more Toro hydro's. I can buy x2 belt driven mowers for the price of a hydro, and the deck construction is 7 gauge, now the drive system of a belt driven mower, well they should last for 1000 hrs i suspect. But don't get me wrong, if a hyro is going to last twice as long as a belt driven one, well hydro is the way to go.

unkownfl
02-10-2012, 01:56 PM
Alot of guys down here run Toro and Gravely. I've seen quite a few guys with the Gravely belt driven mower, and more Toro hydro's. I can buy x2 belt driven mowers for the price of a hydro, and the deck construction is 7 gauge, now the drive system of a belt driven mower, well they should last for 1000 hrs i suspect. But don't get me wrong, if a hyro is going to last twice as long as a belt driven one, well hydro is the way to go.

You can replace the whole belt drive system in 2 hours for less than what one hydro pump replacement will cost. If a wheel motor goes bad you need a complete whole new system most of the time. If something goes bad on the belt drive usually an employee with common sense can repair it in the field.

Grzube
02-10-2012, 02:04 PM
We have a 33" cub cadet with 700+ hrs cc760 model, now moving to a commercial w/b, the construction of the complete mower should be 50% stronger, thus saying I should get 1500 + hrs no prob.

dgw
02-10-2012, 06:06 PM
We have a 33" cub cadet with 700+ hrs cc760 model, now moving to a commercial w/b, the construction of the complete mower should be 50% stronger, thus saying I should get 1500 + hrs no prob.

you should get well over 1500 hours on a belt drive walk behind

Grzube
02-10-2012, 11:52 PM
I'd like to know any makes and models with the amount of hrs on them.