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Old 02-19-2009, 07:39 PM
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belt driven walk behind?

Can anybody tell me whether or not I should go with a belt driven walk behind? I've heard that they can be problematic.
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Old 02-19-2009, 08:53 PM
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ive had belt drives for the last 7 years and never had a problem. i think the problem people have is they buy the pistol grip style and those will wear you out fast. i have all TORO with the "t-bar" very easy to use. after 7 years i finally have to change the belts out.
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Old 02-19-2009, 09:17 PM
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no. they are not problematic but they can wear you out. If you were cutting 100+ lawns i would go with hydro but otherwise belt drive mowers are great and alot cheaper to. hydros are just alot easyer on hills due to the fact that you have every movement at your finger tips without having to reach down and shift.
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Old 02-19-2009, 09:18 PM
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the Exmark Metro's are awsome. We have a 48" deck and its fine, its got the ECS controls, only problem is when its really wet or raining it will slip and its tough going up hills loading in the trailor ect but you really should be cutting when its like that anyway.
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Old 02-19-2009, 11:40 PM
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I have a 1985 toro t bar walkbehind, have had it for 3 years and only thing I have done is replace belts as regularly scheduled. Never had any problems with slipping belts and has plenty of power to go up and down hills. Hold very steep hills well. I only have one hill it will not hold and a push mower slides on it also (think close to straight up and down). I have never run a hydro so I cannot compare that but have had to use it all day on occasion when the Z has had to go down waiting on parts and it doesn't wear me out anymore than if I was just walking regular.
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Old 02-20-2009, 05:59 AM
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Yup, buy a pistol grip mower and you will probably hate belt-drive.
So if you decide to get a belt-drive then make sure to get a T-bar Toro.
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Old 02-20-2009, 07:20 AM
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i just got a gravely pro 50 belt drive with the pistol grips and i really don't think their that bad
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Old 02-20-2009, 08:52 AM
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I have a belt Toro WB and have never had a problem with it, the only difference ive noticed between my belt and some hydros(that ive noticed) is that the belts have troubles pulling a sulky up the hill, but i dont use a sulky any more so its not an issue!

Just make sure you maintain them properly, i use belt dressing every couple of days and i keeps it running strong!
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Old 02-20-2009, 09:29 AM
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This is a good read. I'm just about to pull the trigger on a WB. I wasn't sure if I should get the pistol grip style or the T-bar. It is between the 32" exmark or Toro. The ECS style is not available for the 32" so if I go exmark the pistol grip is the only way.
This will be my first WB. At the dealer the pistol grip didn't seem to bother me to much. The T-bar felt OK too, just not WAY better than the pistol grips.
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Old 02-20-2009, 11:12 AM
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toro t bar is the better one. So go with it.
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