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Old 11-29-2005, 03:33 PM
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FUN! A new brand of mower for field test

Better Outdoor Products has a new mower built in North Carolina, USA. They'd like it field tested for publication in TURF sometime soon.

They are in Advance, NC, about 20 miles from Winston-Salem. They've asked me to find an LCO located reasonably close. Any takers?

Use it for a week or two. Write up a brief report on how it works ... maybe get some pictures? We'll pay (not the manufacturer).

Interested? email me at jkendrick@turfmagazine.com


Here are the specs:

2005 Model Year
Quick36 ® General Specifications
FOX Quick 36 Mk.II Super Duty
Width of Cut 3-Way (Discharge/Mulch/Bag) 36” Fully-Baffled, Swept-Tunnel Deck
Number of Blades 3 High Speed/High Lift Blades @~17,000 FPM Blade-tip Speed
Deck Thickness 11 ga. (1/8”) Fabricated Steel Reinforced in Critical Areas
Deck Plate Doubler
Deck Leveling Struts Standard-All
Heights of Cut 1.0-4.0 in ½” increments
Easy Height Adjustment Standard-All
Deep Tunnel Design Standard-All
Spindle Pulleys Electroplated Steel with Splined Hubs-All
Spindle Bearings 25mm Greaseable/Rebuildable-All
Drive Belts Kevlar® cord (standard sizes available everywhere)
Easy No-Tools Belt Changes Standard-All
Caster Forks ¼” Thick Steel-All
Caster Fork Bearings Double-Sealed Ball Bearings-All
Caster Arm Reinforcement Struts No No Standard
Caster Wheels/Tires Greaseable Ball Bearing Wheels/9-3.50X4 Smooth Pneumatic Tires-All
Number of Grease Fittings 8 Fittings at Critical Points
Power Unit Frame Doubler No No Standard
Rider Attachment Capable No Yes Yes
Deck Bumper Standard-All
Quick Release Belt Guard Standard-All
Blade Brake Standard-All
Deck Drive Enclosed Noram Mechanical Clutch/Brake-All
Engine Type and Size 11.5HP Briggs PowerBuilt 13HP Briggs Commercial Intek 16HP Briggs ELS
Cast Iron Cylinder Sleeve No Yes Yes
Overhead Valve Design Yes Yes Yes
Electric Start No Yes Yes
Recoil Starter Yes Yes No
Pressure Lubrication No Yes Yes
Spin-On Oil Filter No No Yes
Dual-Element Air Cleaner No Yes Yes
Muffler Lo-Tone Lo-Tone Super Lo-Tone
No-Hassle Extended Oil Drain Standard-All
Fuel Pump/Filter Standard-All
Fuel Tank Capacity 3 Quarts 3.20 U.S. Gallons 3.20 U.S. Gallons
Wheel Drive System Tuff Torq K46 Hydrostatic Transaxle-All
Ground Speeds Infinitely Variable with Hand Control
0-5.0 MPH in Forward 0-2.0 MPH in Reverse
Hydrostatic Cooling Fan Standard-All
Automatic Braking Standard-All
Axle Diameter ¾” Steel Axle Shafts-All
Easy Roll-Around Control Standard-All
Maintenance Free Design Standard-All
Hourmeter N/A Optional Standard
Halogen Headlights N/A Optional Optional
Drive Tires 16-6.50 X 8 Turf Mate 16-6.50 X 8 Turf Mate 16-7.50 X 8 Super Turf
Operator Presence System Standard-All
Neutral Safety Start System Standard-All
Key Start Ignition Switch Standard-All
Easy Service Battery N/A Yes Yes
Engine Throttle Control Professional Quality Cables/Control Heads with Lined/Wrapped Conduits-All
Handlebars 1.0” Diameter Heavy-Wall Steel Tubing-All
Adjustable Handlebars Standard-All
Physical Dimensions
Height 40.5”-All
Width Chute Down-45.0” Chute Up-39.5”-All
Length 59.0”-All
Curb Weight 260 Pounds 294 Pounds 311 Pounds
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Old 11-29-2005, 03:36 PM
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Sounds good but most of my yards are going dormant or they arent growing enough now too give a good accurate report. THere are a bunch of guys in that area that are members, some one should jump at that chance
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Old 11-29-2005, 08:49 PM
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Better is a new brand of mower? Do you mean a new model? And why are the specs listed for the "old" 2005?

Whatever, I'd like to test it but likely for leafing right now.
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Old 11-30-2005, 10:08 AM
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Jim @ TURF here ...

These are the specs they have me.

Where are you (location). As I noted, they want to do it somewhere near Winston-Salem.
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Old 11-30-2005, 12:38 PM
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Jim, Mississippi here. Although I'm to far I'll order the SD this spring.
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Old 12-02-2005, 12:25 AM
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Jim, I'm 20-30 mintues from them if you want me to do it.
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Old 12-04-2005, 07:40 PM
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I'm in Greensboro as well.I'd be willing to do a field test.Richard
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Old 12-05-2005, 12:02 PM
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Heather and Jim I received Better's call and have everything setup to pick up the mower and do the test.
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Old 12-09-2005, 12:03 PM
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Great Mike,

Thanks. If you have any questions ... email me or call @ 800-422-7147
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Old 01-15-2006, 01:08 AM
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Wink

I live in East Tennessee. I have a few lawns I could use it on. If you need another taker I'd be interested.

Thanks.
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