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Old 03-18-2012, 01:41 AM
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need help on buying 48" wb

I have 3 wb to choose from :
1-Brand new EverRide 48" Hydro 19hp Kaw Fixed deck with full warranty for $3700 OTD.
2-Exmark 2006 48" Hydro,Floating Deck, ECS Controls, 300hrs,Exmark single tire sulky it's $3100.
3-Bobcat 48 Belt drive, home owner used like showroom condition for $1600.

I'm new to the business and reading threads here for almost 2 months to learn as much as I can and everyone says get the hydro instead of belt drive but ,the money I save from buying belt drive Bobcat ,I can get almost all the other machines/equipment that I need, like Backpack blower, Line trimmers,hedge trimmer,chain saw,sulky,Catcher etc.

I will mow and trim about 5 mid size strip malls and 3 of them have ponds and sloped areas nothing to crazy.

So do i really need a hydro or not?
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Old 03-20-2012, 09:44 PM
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the exmark imo hands down
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Old 03-20-2012, 09:52 PM
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Personally for just starting out I would go for the bobcat, I know everyone wants a hydro but you still need all the other gear to get going so for what it's worth I would go for the bobcat.
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Old 03-21-2012, 12:27 AM
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Good luck trying to have the power behind the wheels when mowing along the ponds if you hit a wet spot or something and need reverse sometimes. (Been there many times)

I started out with a Belt Drive too and only lasted one year. was not a great fan of them. I'll NEVER go back to one. Really no reverse even though they say it. You cannot mow in the rain or wet grassy conditions, b/c the belts get wet and slip then the transmission grinds. smaller drive tires too and hit every dip and rut which leads to more scalping

If I had this and Craigslist when I started I could have found a good hydro for a descent price like you have and have the options, instead of buying a new belt drive.

The other thing to look at when buying, is what do the local mower shops sell and supply parts for...

Good luck and IMO get the Exmark
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Old 03-21-2012, 09:30 AM
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I'm also thinking about the weight..... are the lighter machine handles better around shrubs and tree beds etc ,or I'm just wrong about that?
Bobcat is 476lb, Exmark is 659lb and Everride is 647lb.
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2007 Sliverado 2500HD Z/71 with 8' Ultramount
1999 GMC 1500 4x4 w/7'6" Ultramount
Redmax 8001
Redmax 8050
EverRide 52" Scorpion FX
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Redmax Line Trimmer
Echo Line trimmer w/attachments
Craftsman 21" EZ walk
7x14 V-nose Interstate.
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Old 03-21-2012, 09:49 AM
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I may catch flak for this, but I dont really care...

You can always buy something like this to get started, then it can become a backup when you make enough money to buy a lazer or something:

http://chicago.craigslist.org/wcl/grd/2888525054.html

Or

http://chicago.craigslist.org/nwc/grd/2905266540.html

Assuming its a hydro, its a good deal, even for el cheapo. Its got the bag kit and the mulch kit already, and under 100 hours... You can run it for like a year probably and save enough money to buy a good used exmark..
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Old 04-01-2012, 04:32 PM
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The newer exmark walk behinds with the ECS controls are excellent machines. Used a 60" all season last year it was great.
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Old 04-01-2012, 11:13 PM
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Ended up buying a Scag 48" Belt drive and love it already . thanks to all.
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1999 GMC 1500 4x4 w/7'6" Ultramount
Redmax 8001
Redmax 8050
EverRide 52" Scorpion FX
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Redmax Line Trimmer
Echo Line trimmer w/attachments
Craftsman 21" EZ walk
7x14 V-nose Interstate.
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