Age Old Question: Hydro vs. Belt Drive

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by advantage landscaping, Nov 4, 2007.

  1. advantage landscaping

    advantage landscaping LawnSite Member
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    I promise this will be my last post about mower stuff being a dumb beginner, I promise. After this year I guess I can't call myself a beginner anyways.

    I need a mower. I have a 36" belt drive scag and want to upgrade to a 48-54" to cut my time down a little. It is just for a part time job, and will do under 20 hrs/week work. The lawns are fairly flat, nothing too difficult, and nothing I can't do with my scag. Some of the hills are a bit challenging because the machine slides down the hill and I have to kind of run behind it but whatever I can deal with it.

    So I have checked out both, hydro and belt. I was told that over 70% are using belts, and hydros are sooo expensive, but they seem to be close to the same price (by a few hundred bucks) after 3 or so years. So should I spend a little more for the hydro? Or will a belt suit me better? (It will save me a little but if a hydro is really soo much easier to use than I don't mind)

    Thanks for the help guys,
     
  2. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
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    Get the hydro you won't be sorry.
     
  3. WALKER LANDSCAPE

    WALKER LANDSCAPE LawnSite Bronze Member
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    If it is in your budget I would go Hydro as well you be glad you did.
     
  4. advantage landscaping

    advantage landscaping LawnSite Member
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    That's what everybody says... but WHY though? What capability makes em' so great?
     
  5. K c m

    K c m LawnSite Senior Member
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    I agree with IPS. I've been running belt drive walks my whole career so far and they have made me good bit of money. The 36 is the most important tool you own. remember that!
     
  6. WALKER LANDSCAPE

    WALKER LANDSCAPE LawnSite Bronze Member
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    One. There is no chance of slip which equals loose in power to the wheels.
    Two. Two hydros instead on ONE.
    Three. NO drive belts to replace.
    Four. Safer on hills as well.
    My two cents thou.
     
  7. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
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    Well if you only walk behind them you'll save your knees and arms when you have to go back and you don't have to pull it. Just much easier to run.No belts to get wet.
     
  8. advantage landscaping

    advantage landscaping LawnSite Member
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    Would you pay $400-$500 or more in a used machine to get the hydro version?
     
  9. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
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    Yes. I have a 48 belt been sitting in the shed since I bought the 48 hydro.

    Your buying used?
     
  10. WALKER LANDSCAPE

    WALKER LANDSCAPE LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yes I would I am not knocking belt drive I have had hydros for 10 years.
     

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