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Old 02-17-2004, 09:47 PM
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Gear or Hydro Walkbehind

I am just starting to look into buying my first mower and was wondering what I would be better off starting with. A gear drive or hydro? I like the idea of a floating deck over a fixed one. Also has anybody been using the Honda 4 stroke trimmers, if so how are they?
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Old 02-17-2004, 10:03 PM
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Dano, If you can afford it, go with a hydro. You wont regret it. Belt drives have their place, I know because I have one. They are easier on the budget, but harder on the body. To turn a belt drive without divoting the turf you kind of have to learn to fake a zero turn by nuetral locking one side of the mower and pulling backward on that side, while letting the other side power around. I know this sounds a little complicated, but with practice can be easily mastered.
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Old 02-21-2004, 08:25 AM
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Thanks , I was looking at the hydro's from differant dealers then the toro dealer told me I should go with the belt drive. He said it would do a better job, and just as ez to run. Where all the others said to go with the hydro.
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Old 02-23-2004, 01:07 AM
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The only salesman who would try to sell you a belt drive either a. has never mowed or b. has some stock he desperatly needs to get rid of. Even if you can't afford a hydro find a way to get one anyway. They can be mastered but anyone who says they are as easy as hydros has something to sell.
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Old 02-23-2004, 03:06 AM
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Get the hydro if you can afford it, belts suck.
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Old 02-23-2004, 08:46 AM
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maybe the dealer has a better profit margin in the belt drive?

I use hydros myself, and the only belt drive ive had i hated! in the mornings it would slip allot....

but i know a few other guys that haven't really had to many probs. with them...

but i would go for the hydro!
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Old 02-23-2004, 08:55 AM
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In the last belt vs. hydro thread (the one a few weeks ago, not the other day) if I remember right, no eXmark belt drives had any slipping belts from wet conditions. (incase someone can only afford a belt drive, and thinks there would be such a prob. in that area)
Hyrdos are nice.
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Old 02-23-2004, 09:16 AM
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no eXmark belt drives had any slipping belts from wet conditions
i must have had the only metro that slipped
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Old 02-23-2004, 09:20 AM
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I guess so. Was surprised, in a way, more didn't. After all the other's didn't though, now I'm surprized your's did.
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Old 02-23-2004, 09:24 AM
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I went from a belt to hydro and whoa..... Hydro is so much more productive. Now i have never used a gear drive so i can't compare a hydro to that but there is no comparison from a belt to a hydro.
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