52" WB not productive????

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by J&R Landscaping, Jul 9, 2006.

  1. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have been talking to a few local dealers getting ready to demo a machine. I am wanting to demo a 52" floating deck hydro walkbehind. 1 dealer I have been to says his sales are mainly belt drive, that he is old school and doesn't like hydros. 2 Dealers said they sell a good amount of that machine. 1 dealer said he don't sell many mowers in that combination of deck/drive system.
    He says that I should just spend the extra 2500 and go with a 52" Z Rider.

    I reminded him that I was running a 52" WB some of last season and he says that I am one of the few people that he knows that runs a WB that size.

    Should I consider a 52" WB or should I go with a Rider? Some of my larger lawns are a bit bumpy and a few are hilly where I would not be able to use a rider.
     
  2. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
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    We have 2 Ferris WB's in our fleet with 52" decks, 23 hp Kawis, and dual hydros. They run like apes in a banana patch and go just about anywhere. My guys love them too btw.
     
  3. Dashunde

    Dashunde LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'll get to the point... that guy is full of crap.

    In St. Louis County there is a lco called "Lawns of Distinction" and all they run is 52" Ferris wb's - I think this company was in the newspaper saying that they do around 2 Million a year. I'm guessing they are profitable. ;)
     
  4. howardsells2000

    howardsells2000 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have a 52" Ferris WB Dual Hydro. I love it. I use it all the time.
     
  5. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
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    Thanks for the replys, keep the opinions comming!
     
  6. edward hedrick

    edward hedrick LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have a 52 Toro w/b classic w 18 Koh, I also have a 52 " Lesco wb

    I use the Toro all the time, My only 48" is a Walker Ghs. Ed
     
  7. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Gold Member
    Male, from Knoxville, Tn
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    Without knowing your lawns it is hard to tell you what to buy. Having said that, I have been in business since 1992 and only use walkbehinds. I have 2 60" and a 48". Personally, I do not think you can go wrong buying a 52" hydro. Worst case scenario, you use the walk behind for a couple of years and then purchase a rider and use the walk behind for backup/trimming.
     
  8. northernsvc's

    northernsvc's LawnSite Member
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    we run 52" exmark tt with sulkies very productive machines
     
  9. Quail Creek LC

    Quail Creek LC LawnSite Member
    from IOWA
    Posts: 155

    Any dealer that tells you that a belt drive is better than a hydro, is full of crap. Around my neck of the woods, everyone runs 52" decks. Make sure that you get at least a 21hp or larger or you will be under-powered. If you cant use a sit down on all your properties, then go with the 52", its the most productive way to go.
     
  10. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan LawnSite Member
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    I have a 52 inch WB Ferris belt drive, so far I love it. I've only used it 3 times (I'm a brand-newbie) but it blows me away. I bought it used but it wasnt a commercially used piece, it was a homeowner with two fairly large properties, so it is in pretty good shape. It goes faster than I could ever need it to go, and it turns quickly and cuts well, so I dont understand how it could be unproductive. I'm not sure what size the Kawasaki engine is, I thought it was in the 20 plus horse range, but somebody told me its more like a 14. I dont see any decals on it, but I havent really looked close. I would think it has to be more than 14.
     

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