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Old 01-20-2012, 02:48 AM
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Why I only use belt drive walkbehinds

I only run belt drive walk behinds, floating deck of course, with sulkies
I have 2009 toro 36 t-bar and a 2008 toro 52'' t-bar, both floating decks

-Yes, they dont have a true reverse, but I hardly ever find myself in a situation where I have to back up.
-BUT, no hydros to worry about, less maitenance = less $$$ spent, and there extremely reliable and easy to work on.
-Much lighter than riders and dont rut yards
-Maybe some people have trouble with belts slipping, but I have never had that problem. If your belts are slipping because it is too wet, well, you shouldnt be cutting.
-Pull start = no money for batteries or new starters and will always start
- If the trans goes up, your looking at about $300 as compared to thousands for hydro pumps and wheel motors.

I maintained close to 50 1/4-1 acre yards last year with just a 36'' wb and a sulky and never had 1 problem.
Ive had a 95 toro 36 wb that has to have at least 2000 hours on it, and have never had 1 problem, oh, and there was a time where the oil wasnt changed for about 3-4 years, and still have never had too put $1 into repairs.

I choose to run belt drive not because I cant afford ztrs or hydro mower, but because I prefer them. Some people may think I'm crazy, but thats just me.

Lets hear some thoughts and opinions!!
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Old 01-20-2012, 08:46 AM
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I run a belt drive 36" and its a PITA! You get caught out in the rain or mow when its dewy then your stuck with your mower on the ground. I operate out of the bed of my truck one day a week for my "city route" where I cant/wont take my trailer and I'll tell you right now that trying to push a mower up ramps like that will bust your balls. Never again, no how, no way.
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Old 01-20-2012, 08:50 AM
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Well at least this one is not a school paper!
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Old 01-20-2012, 10:26 AM
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I don't like being stuck in one gear all the time

The whole pull-start housing came off a few times. Poorly engineerd

not exactly easy to pull

I do not like pistol grips

too difficult to manuver, stop/go on city lots

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Old 01-20-2012, 10:34 AM
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Once you can honestly afford a dual hydro you'll never look back ...
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Old 01-20-2012, 10:39 AM
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Originally Posted by GLL-LLC View Post

Once you can honestly afford a dual hydro you'll never look back ...
But it will always rut in situations where a sub 400 lb mower wont. For small yards belt work fine, larger lawns and Walker's rule for upscale work.
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Old 01-20-2012, 10:39 AM
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Belt drive vs hydro... Night and day when comparing work load in an 8 hour day. Belt drives suck at reverse, zero turns and even worse with a sulky. That is unless you make big circles like on a rding lawn mower or just tear the turf up turning.

I will gladly pay for the added expense of purchase and maintenance over and over. I used to think the way you did, well, before I actually used a hydro wb. I would never go back unless FORCED!

Hydro will also cut your time down by a third easily. With less effort.
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Old 01-20-2012, 10:47 AM
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Well at least this one is not a school paper!
Lol! Tht reminds me I need to go check tht thread.
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Old 01-20-2012, 10:55 AM
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I agree with you. I run 2 wb's without any problems. I know if it's raining the belt's will slip. I know I don't have reverse. I know when the belt's are slipping I'm losing time and speed.

Disagree- I have 2 yards on the side of a hill that I have rutted. These are the only two that are rutted.
I can afford the other but it's just what I ended up with. I am buying a new Lazer z this spring. I'm tried of standing. Both of my wb's are 1999 model's and still run strong (when not slipping).
All equipment is wore out. <- Never mind. All equipment has been repainted and with new decals. It's like I have new mower's again!
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Old 01-20-2012, 11:32 AM
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i realize everyone uses what they like, whats easiest for them and what they prefer.

that being said i own a 36" exmark metro walkbehind.

i will NEVER and repeat NEVER willingly purchase another gear driven (belt drive) walkbehind again. i say willingly because there is talk of some companies getting rid of 36" hydro walkbehinds so i may be forced to buy another belt drive when mine needs replaced.

the belts slip even in morning dew. to me thats not too wet to be mowing. there is no true reverse. i use reverse every time i pull it off the trailer.

a lot of what the OP has pointed out for reasons to why he uses belt drive are reasons why i will try my hardest to never use them again.

hydro is THE way to go.

i've almost never had problems with rutting with any of my hydro mowers. the electric start my 52" has is extremely nice and worth it.

just my $.02......
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