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Old 10-25-2012, 03:35 PM
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Fresh take on Walk behind Vs. Zero Turn

I've read a lot of the older threads on this topic, but I would like a fresh perspective. On 8k to 12K sq ft residentials, is a Hydro Walk behind w/ sulky as productive as a Zero Turn? Walk behinds are less weight so less footprint on the lawn, and the walk behinds can turn just as well as a zero turn, maybe tighter, and they're obviously cheaper. Any thoughts?

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Old 10-25-2012, 04:33 PM
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Old 10-25-2012, 05:03 PM
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Depends on lots of things. I love walkbehinds but they are rough on your knees. If you do your own repairs walk is the way to go. They have gone out of style and you can get used ones dirt cheap. Everybody wants to sit or stand. The hydro parts seem to last forever because of less weight being pulled around. They are great for smaller jobs. Study your jobs and buy what will work best for you. I live in the south where it is flat and riders are king down here but for most of my jobs walkbehinds work fine and the bigger jobs I do I can't justify buying a rider to save 10 minutes or so.
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Old 10-25-2012, 05:03 PM
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I am partial to walk behinds, especially on smaller properties. They are cheaper and can go places where other mowers can't plus I need the exercise. For the yards you are talking about a 48 inch floating deck hydro would be best.

I would not say walk behinds are "Out of Style," I still see but it seems everyone is using either Scag, Toro or Exmark while the other brands are seldomly used in the walk behind market. I think my dealer sells mostly walk behinds anyway, guys like Brickman and Trugreen by the hell out of the Turf Tracer S and X series mowers.

The best combo for a trailer would probably be a 48 inch walk behind, a 52 inch stander and a 60 inch ZTR along with a good 21
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:53 PM
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Okay, but on a residential lot (10-12K sq ft) wouldn't a hydro walk behind be just as quick?
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:55 PM
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Okay, but on a residential lot (10-12K sq ft) wouldn't a hydro walk behind be just as quick?
From what I have seen from what many people have posted on here, yes it would be.
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I have to agree after starting with a walk behind then getting a ZTR and now having a stander. The stander offers the best of both worlds.
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Old 10-25-2012, 09:19 PM
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I know the question was hydro walk behind versus ztr but I have a 36" belt drive and stand on and the stand on is twice as productive and a lot easier on the body. I enjoy not having to walk every yard now with the stand on.
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Old 10-25-2012, 10:04 PM
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Yeah I'd like to guy a stander...money! They are expensive but like you guys said they're nice. Well...on a hydro walk behind vs. a stander, the weight difference is huge. After a decent rainfall I'd assume a walk behind could get away with mowing maybe when a zero turn or stander couldn't, because of the weight. Am I wrong?
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Old 10-25-2012, 10:27 PM
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Yeah I'd like to guy a stander...money! They are expensive but like you guys said they're nice. Well...on a hydro walk behind vs. a stander, the weight difference is huge. After a decent rainfall I'd assume a walk behind could get away with mowing maybe when a zero turn or stander couldn't, because of the weight. Am I wrong?
You are correct. If it is raining/has rained the Vantage stays in the garage and the Turf Tracers are on the trailer.
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