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Advantages of a walk behind?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Turf Helpers, Apr 25, 2013.

  1. Turf Helpers

    Turf Helpers LawnSite Member
    Posts: 25

    I'm currently looking at equipment. I notice a lot of big guys have a ZT and a walk behind in their equipment lists. I would assume the walk behind is for steep hills and mowing around small open areas like a neighborhood median, etc.. I would think that a commercail walk behind is too wide to get into fenced yards... so you still are going to need the ole standard 21" push.

    Here's my question... I am not sure I am going to purchase a ZT, because if I do it's going to be used and probably not going to be adequate in a year or two. I'm thinking about purchasing a commercial walk behind but wondering what I'm going to do with it after I get a good zero-turn.

    Thoughts?

    Thanks
     
  2. Clippers PLS

    Clippers PLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,058

    After you got the zt you should keep the walk behind. Trust me you will find a use for it as you continue to grow
     
  3. Nate'sLawnCare

    Nate'sLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,001

    Unless you do big properties, a 36 walk behind is great, very versatile and still fits most gates. When you get a ztr, the 36 will still come in handy, especially if you get a helper at some point since you can both mow on larger properties.
     
  4. CreativeLawncareSolutions

    CreativeLawncareSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,025

    My 60 inch fits in most gates. I think I have 2 yards where it doesn't. Most modern fences have big gates.
     
  5. Turf Helpers

    Turf Helpers LawnSite Member
    Posts: 25

    Thanks for the replies guys. I'm still up in the air with what I want to get first. I'm guessing if I find either one within my budget ill snatch it up. There is a 32" walk behind at an auction this weekend but I hate to drive all the way down there and waste my Saturday to only come home empty handed.
     
  6. jones68

    jones68 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 453

    in my trailer i have a 21" pusher, 36" WB, 48" WB, and 56" ZTR all of which get used every week
     
  7. Quix

    Quix LawnSite Member
    Posts: 74

    I have used an Exmark 52" turf tracer for last 15 years. 2 years ago I got my 1st ZT, still 52". With all the rain we have had the ZT stays in the shop. The walk behind is a lot easier on the turf when its soaked and doesn't get stuck near as easy. I will always have a walk behind, to me it's my "go to" mower.
     
  8. Quix

    Quix LawnSite Member
    Posts: 74

    Forgot to add...... Hydro is the only way to go IMO.
     
  9. Turf Helpers

    Turf Helpers LawnSite Member
    Posts: 25

    I hear you about mowing with a walk behind when stuff is still soggy. Got to chuckle at some lawn company who got their ExMark stuck in the front of my addition. There were two supervisors trying to explain to the kid driving how to wiggle the machine out of the mud, in the meantime tearing up the grass even more. Granted they may have been using it as a "learning experience" but it looked more like they didn't want to get dirty. lol.
     
  10. crichardson

    crichardson LawnSite Member
    Posts: 96

    Walk behind for crap yards, hills yards with small gates, etc. I have a 36 turf tracer and a 48 navigator and 21 Honda hrc in my trailer. I started with a craftsman push.
     

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