belt drive?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by snakasnee, Dec 29, 2005.

  1. snakasnee

    snakasnee LawnSite Member
    Posts: 21

    i have a chance to buy a toro 52 wb super cheap, but it is belt drive. should i hold out for hydro? is it that big of a deal?
  2. LHSlawnman86

    LHSlawnman86 LawnSite Member
    from ohio
    Posts: 153

    it all depends on what kind of peoperties you will be doing. belt drive is fine if you will be doing relatively flat and open mowing but if you will be doing small lots with many obstacles then hydro is good for you. also if you plan on using a velky then hydro is better.

    good luck
  3. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,858

    Is is a T-bar handle?

    If it is, Iv'e been told and read that those Toros are the next best thing to a hydro. "The poor mans hydro" if you will...

    Still have limitations and belts can slip in the wet but I see many people on here than have them. Personally, I have zero experience with them but I still wanted to pass that along.
  4. snakasnee

    snakasnee LawnSite Member
    Posts: 21

    the toro is a t-bar handle. thanks for sharing that. what john deer transmision drive? i have also run accross one of those.
  5. slebeau20

    slebeau20 LawnSite Member
    from USA
    Posts: 103

    Here's my two cents. If you have a climate where there's a lot of moisture in the air. Then the belts could slip once they get wet. I personally have a belt drive and I'm getting rid of it this year. They are great if your a small operation and can work around the weather. If not they're not worth the threat of the belt slipping. I'm purchasing a Wright Stander in a 36" for residentials this year.
  6. J Hisch

    J Hisch LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 952

    If we purchase walk behinds again have 2 of them currently now (Scag 36"). I will never buy Hydro walk behind again. The extra cost dosent justify the expense to me. We have one belt and one hydro. Belts and sillpage, I havent experienced that. We replace them every year. The belt drive is older that the hydro also. 3years/ 2years
  7. snakasnee

    snakasnee LawnSite Member
    Posts: 21

    i have heard that the hydros arent as smooth as the belts and are kind of jerky. did you experience any of that?
  8. Signature Landscaping1

    Signature Landscaping1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Posts: 1,497

    The hydros are jerky, the 52'' scag hydro at school is very jerky when making turns.
  9. creeksidelc

    creeksidelc LawnSite Member
    Posts: 39

    I have a Proline belt drive 36. and it is great. Cut quality is awesome as well as speed and manuverability. I have not experienced slippage, and frequently mow in wet grass, and in hilly terrain.(North Georgia) It pulls me and the mower up hills just fine. I personally have also found the hydros to be jerky. I prefer belt drive. I did have a JD belt drive and it was horrible, so if you get a belt drive get a Toro. Good luck whatever you get.
  10. work_it

    work_it LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 976

    As mentioned before; it all depends what you need the mower for. Hydros are great for steep hills and damp/wet conditions. Other than that my belt drive 48" Bunton does a good job.

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