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36" belt drive vs quick 36

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by MeadowsLawnCare, Jun 18, 2007.

  1. MeadowsLawnCare

    MeadowsLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 192

    Whats going to be better. a 36" exmark belt drive or the quick 36? Was looking at a used exmark so price is not the deciding factor here. I want to know which one is gonna handle better most of all. I mow lots of hills.
     
  2. irishsoul

    irishsoul LawnSite Member
    from georgia
    Posts: 71

    Friends don't let friends use beltdrives!
     
  3. PatriotLandscape

    PatriotLandscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MA
    Posts: 1,209

    I have a Scag 36 belt drive and it cuts better than our husq ztr. I have never used the quick 36 so I can't compare but the Exmark is a great mower.
     
  4. MeadowsLawnCare

    MeadowsLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 192

    How do u like it on hills? How do the belts do when wet?
     
  5. Vikings

    Vikings LawnSite Bronze Member
    from canada
    Posts: 1,667

    I just cut with wet belts today for the first time on a 36" toro. It was pouring rain for about 20 minutes while I drove there. The belts were fine, I thought maybe they made some noise at first but it was just like normal. Mind you it was flat.
     
  6. eauxkielawns

    eauxkielawns LawnSite Member
    Posts: 11

    I have a 36" belt Exmark Metro HP and a Scag ZTR. I have a property with a hill so steep that my scag slides down, but the Exmark does great. If I did not have the Exmark I would drop that job...much to big to use a 21". I can't speak of the Quick 36 since I have not used one.

    With the Exmark 2 things I would suggest 1) make sure it has a floating deck not fixed 2) I prefer the Kawasaki engine.
     
  7. The Captain

    The Captain LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 607

    I use a 48" belt drive Scag (17hp Kawi) on a dam face about the size of a football field. Belts do fine but I'd rather have a hydro instead of fighting the controls.
    That being said, the only question I have about the Q-36 would be the single hydro. I'm not convinced it would be the greatest on a steep hillside. My son-in-law in Florida has one and it works great down there. (I've used it while I was on vacation at his house. Wait a minute :confused: ??? I was supposed to be on vacation, not mowing.)
     
  8. WJW Lawn

    WJW Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,330

    Is this really a competition? Why would you buy a belt when you could get a hydro? This is like--who was the better lead for Van Halen...David or Sammy...I mean cmon! ROTH BABY! HYDRO!
     

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