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Old 08-21-2013, 06:14 PM
GreenStreet GreenStreet is offline
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Advantage of Walk-Behind?

I have always used zero turns. Previsouly, a 61" 1995 scag, and now a 60" Ferris (I just use a non-commercial push mower for the small stuff). Maybe it is simply because I have no experience with them, but what is the advantage of walk-behinds/standups? ZTR riders seem so much easier.

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Old 08-21-2013, 07:06 PM
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It completely depends on what kind of terrain you have. Wide open flat turf, a Z will do well. Small, hilly terrain and a Z is useless. The standers are very comparable to a Z. Currently we are running 5 walk behinds , a Vantage , and a Laser.

The Vantage is for sale and the Z gets used 1day a week.

A lot of guys run a Z simply because it is easier. In my opinion, putting a Z on a 5000 sq ft lawn is a horrible idea. But if you need to get the work done fast and aren't really concerned about how it looks then a Z is the way to go.

Look at the big companies. What are they running? For the most part , walk behinds, there is a reason for that. They are more versatile.
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Old 08-25-2013, 07:03 PM
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It completely depends on what kind of terrain you have. Wide open flat turf, a Z will do well. Small, hilly terrain and a Z is useless. The standers are very comparable to a Z. Currently we are running 5 walk behinds , a Vantage , and a Laser.

The Vantage is for sale and the Z gets used 1day a week.

A lot of guys run a Z simply because it is easier. In my opinion, putting a Z on a 5000 sq ft lawn is a horrible idea. But if you need to get the work done fast and aren't really concerned about how it looks then a Z is the way to go.

Look at the big companies. What are they running? For the most part , walk behinds, there is a reason for that. They are more versatile.

Big companies go this route because a WB can be bought for 1/3 to 1/2 the price of a ZTR. The suits buying the equipment also go cheap because it is not their legs getting hammered everyday.

The best mower is the mowers that you need to do your customers property's.
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Old 08-25-2013, 07:41 PM
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We have 3 walk behinds but we mostly run our 2 ztrs most of the time because my 2 man crew can get done faster with them. But I have to admit that there's nothing better than a good quality hydro walk behind. If I was a solo mowing guy I would use walk behinds most of the time.
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Old 08-21-2013, 07:11 PM
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Advantages: Cost, weight, hillside stability, and trailer footprint just to name a few.
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Old 08-21-2013, 09:11 PM
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Advantages: Cost, weight, hillside stability, and trailer footprint just to name a few.
Couldn't agree more ^^ Went from a zero turn to a walk behind and there's a lot of benefits for residential properties. If I picked up giant flat commercial properties I'd buy a z. My last zero turn was absolute garbage on hills
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Old 08-21-2013, 07:13 PM
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Not saying a big ZTR wouldn't be nice just don't see the need at this point for my company.
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Old 08-21-2013, 07:44 PM
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Advantage of Walk-Behind?

You can cut every yard with a WB.
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Old 08-21-2013, 07:55 PM
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Cheaper to buy
Cheaper to maintain, less to break
Easier to work on when something breaks
Less weight and footprint on the lawn, less apt to do turf damage.
Still high QOC many times they run the same decks as the ZTR. Ultra Cut, 7 iron ect..........
But on a 90-100 degree day on a open area I wish I had a ZTR!!
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Old 08-21-2013, 08:30 PM
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you can cut every yard with a ztr or a pushmower 21". no need for a walkbehind in my experience.
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