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Old 02-26-2013, 09:34 PM
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32 in walkbehind vs 36 in walkbehind

Hi I've been in business for the past couple of years and this year I've decided to update my fleet of equipment. Right now all I have left to buy is a new 36 in walkbehind. I just found a great deal on a toro 32 in pro line walkbehind. I've always ran 2 48s and a 36 in my fleet being I don't have many gated yards. Has anyone used a 32 and 36 is there a big difference? Thanks Mark
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:51 PM
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32" Differences:
Cost
Weight
Less HP on some 32"
No Hydro option on most 32"
Narrower drive tires
Probably can't use a sulky on a 32"

On some same brands, a 32" deck takes the same blade as a 48"

Same amount of "trim" usually (deck overhang from rear tire)

Productivity loss is marginal based on most lot sizes that you would us a 36" on.

If using belt drive models only, a 32" is a little lighter therefore it can be manhandled easier. Less wear and tear on your body (although you might have an extra pass or two).

I am sure there is more.
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Old 02-27-2013, 07:07 AM
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How about the obvious? A 32 will fit through gates a 36 won't. And my 32 Toro pulls a Velke just fine.

To me a 36 is too big to be small, and too small to be big.
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Old 02-27-2013, 08:13 AM
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How about the obvious? A 32 will fit through gates a 36 won't. And my 32 Toro pulls a Velke just fine.

To me a 36 is too big to be small, and too small to be big.
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Well said. There are many narrow gates in my area where a 36" will not fit but a 32" will. A 36" wb is a rare site on any trailer in these parts. It is too large for many gates and not nimble enough to double as a pushmower in most applications. I am thinking about picking up a 32" snapper, even though I hate belt drives. The thing is light and has plenty of power. The turfmaster is an option but should of been built with castor wheels. I found it to be cumbersome to turn.
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Old 02-27-2013, 08:50 AM
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On your application 36" would be the right way to go.
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Old 02-27-2013, 08:56 AM
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Well said. There are many narrow gates in my area where a 36" will not fit but a 32" will. A 36" wb is a rare site on any trailer in these parts. It is too large for many gates and not nimble enough to double as a pushmower in most applications. I am thinking about picking up a 32" snapper, even though I hate belt drives. The thing is light and has plenty of power. The turfmaster is an option but should of been built with castor wheels. I found it to be cumbersome to turn.
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I experienced a cub cadet 21" with castors. It was nice on level ground, but traversing any slope was tough to keep it straight. Front wants to go downhill turning it into a wrestling match. I haven't used a turf master yet.
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Old 02-27-2013, 07:16 AM
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I'm not sure the how big the gates are where your located but almost all gates in northern jersey are 40 in openings. But thanks for the inputs keep tem coming
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Old 02-27-2013, 07:21 AM
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A lot of the gates in older neighborhoods are smaller. And as mentioned production difference between 32-36 is negligible. Only matters if the mower fits or not. I do a fair bit of broker work, so it pays to be able to get in and get done.
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:29 AM
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I run a 36" never had a problem with any gates. I have never used a 32" so i cant speak on advantages. But I will throw log on the fire and bring in the new Exmark 30" walk behind. it comes in at 170lbs vs the metro 32" 421lbs
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Old 02-27-2013, 10:01 AM
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These are tough calls and there is always a trade off. We often don't get the answer we want until after the fact.

I have both 32 and 36 BOP WB's and each has their place.
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