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Old 05-09-2002, 09:41 PM
Doc Pete Doc Pete is offline
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I don't understand???

OK, so 180 of you guy's have read my message about improving the Hustler WB. However, basically no one had any comments, including the moderator. Hmmmmm. What gives??? Is everyone way ahead of me and has changed tires for a better and faster cut??? Has everyone added an adjustable speed control already, too?? Maybe the machine is OK the way it is, but why not upgrade the machine to make more money with less effort??
I'm sure some of us can walk at 5 mph, but I can't, and I'm sure I don't want chance twisting too much throttle while trimming 1" away from a row of "Malibu patio lights". Also, I find it hard hold a "consistent" mowing speed, especially on a very bumpy lawn, with the stock speed setup. At the very least, without some sort of speed detent, most operators begin slowing down during a long straight away. And, there is always a few seconds after each zero turn pass, that the operator must "jockey" the H bar to get a comfortable mowing speed. Along these lines, by the fact that no one has put a 25 Kaw on a 54 WB speaks for itself. I'm only 150 lb., but I'm already down on power when I come out of turn and try to go full speed.
So, maybe someone can help me understand, am I behind the "8 ball", or do most of you guy's just leave "well enough" alone? This is not a trick question, but rather my attempt to understand how to truly make the Hustler WB a better machine, since it easily can be.
Thanks for your time,
Old 05-15-2002, 01:11 AM
motodude motodude is offline
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Pete, I don't know aboout NJ but around here you don't see many Hustlers. Of the few you do see practically none are in the lawn service industly. It seems municipalities and other public institutions make up the majority of their customer base. I'm guessing the number of people who read this forum and own a WB could be counted on one hand. So the lack of interest in your subject is probably derived more from your misguided audience, than the subject matter being discussed.
Old 05-15-2002, 11:21 AM
Doc Pete Doc Pete is offline
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Actually, I totally agree with you. The truth be known, I "WAS" one of those type of people that was stuck in the pistor grip sydrome. However, I said "I'm just not gonna take this", and searched until I found the Hustler website. Then, I ran down to my dealer, tried I Hustler, and fell in love.
That was 2 years ago. What's baffles me is with the vast amount of internet access, choosing to stay with machines that are 50 years out of date (pistol grips), is just plain foolish and stupid. Pardon my frankness, but if operators are too lazy to "make more money, with less physical work", they don't deserve to be called businessmen.
Thanks for your comment,

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