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Old 11-06-2001, 10:23 PM
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Gear vs. Hydro drive walkbehinds

I am a homeownr considering the purchase of a commercial walkbehind. I have read several references in this forum to the relatve merits of gear vs. hydro drive walkbehinds. I have not read much comparing the dependability, durability, expected longevity under similar conditions (assuming good maintenance practices) of gear vs. hydro drives. Do any of yu have any experience comparing the two systems? I would assume that repairs on the hydros would be much more expensive if required.
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Old 11-06-2001, 10:27 PM
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As a homeowner, you will never....ever put enough hours on a commercial walkbehind of any brand/type to warrant concern over durability. Buy what floats your boat!
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Old 11-06-2001, 10:29 PM
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If you are going to use it as a homeowner I would just suggest getting the gear drive. This will probably be your last mower if it is maintained properly.
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Old 11-06-2001, 10:36 PM
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Longivity is great with both. Its a matter of how much you want to spend.
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Old 11-07-2001, 05:48 AM
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Look at it as buying a "car" with manual vs. automatic.

If price is a concern then the belt drive will do. Hydros are more expensive for good reason. They are easier to use, backing up is easier, they work well in wet weather, they are easier to control on hills. The best thing is that the speed is infinately variable. Yes if a hydro pump goes out it costs some coin but I have put over a thousand hours on commercial equipment over the years with no hydro problems. (I had problems with a homeowner garden tractor years ago)

Do your homework but the best thing to do is, go to the dealer and give them both a try. See what you like.
Now on the controls- give the Toro T-bar system a good look. You can get the hang of it in about an hour, and no I don't work for Toro.

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Old 11-07-2001, 03:32 PM
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Thanks for youir input!
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Old 11-26-2001, 07:12 PM
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Belt vs. Hydro

If your still in the market you may want to ck out the Hustler walkbehind. It is by far the most user friendly unit on the market. Good Luck !
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Old 11-26-2001, 08:47 PM
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Demo both gear and hydro w/b. Personally, I love the hydro system. :blob3:
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Old 01-03-2002, 09:02 AM
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What did you end up with?
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Old 01-03-2002, 09:19 AM
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guy here in town bought commercial walk behind for his house 8 years ago, and it still looks brand new!!! what part of ohio are you located?
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