Best Sulkey / Velkey

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by 101numlock, Aug 20, 2006.

  1. 101numlock

    101numlock LawnSite Member
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    Who makes the best sulkey. I have a 36 toro with a Koler cammand 15.
     
  2. PJDiesel

    PJDiesel LawnSite Member
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    I've had two now, got both of them for under $125.00 each, brand new in the box.
    Much better than the sulky's I have tried (too heavy/leave nasty tire tracks) and much more comfortable.

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  3. REALSLOW

    REALSLOW LawnSite Senior Member
    from FLORIDA
    Posts: 668

    I have 2 jungle Jims and 3 Lesco. The Lesco is way better but you have to have a machine with good traction and drive It rides so much better it is not close PERIOD!
     
  4. surgeon83

    surgeon83 LawnSite Member
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    The best I have had is a Bullrider. Each unit can work either of 2 ways just by moving pins around:

    1. Caster wheels free to move, unit does not pivot- works WONDERS if you're on a hydro because it doesn't jack-knife on zero-turns. Also you are always in the same position relative to the mower on turns- much more comfortable than that awkward change on turns.

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    2. They also have the option to lock the caster wheels and have the entire unit pivot on turns.

    Cost $350 though.

    Before discovering the bullrider I bought a couple of Cherry-otts, which are basically like velkes but much bulkier and have considerably larger tires. I think I paid $255 each for those.

    EDIT: Its been 7 years since I was in a Lesco showroom, but I do recall their riding attachment to be fixed-position with caster wheels- is that the case, REALSLOW? If so, that would be comparable to the bullrider. I would never go any other way than a non-pivoting unit.
     
  5. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
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    The ProSlide PJDiesel suggests most likely will not work on your 36" wide mower. I have an Exmark 36" Viking, Hydro drive, 15hp Kohler. The ProSlide did not work; the mower is too light and too small. The stand-on slider controlled the machine.

    I agree with surgeon83 -- the Bullrider was my next choice. But, again, the 36" mower is too small, too light to use the BR in caster mode. I use it in trailer mode. No, the combination doesn't work like I would like (as a fixed unit, mower and sulky together), but I have leaned to be patient and how to make turns while using it in trailer mode.

    I have some images of the setup. If you PM me with your e-mail, I will send them (I am unable to post pictures on LS).

    My first sulky was a one-wheeled Velke. It was a help to minimize walking, but I did not like the wheel stripe down the middle. I only used the one-wheeled unit on scrappy lawns, and continued to walk on the better ones.
     
  6. REALSLOW

    REALSLOW LawnSite Senior Member
    from FLORIDA
    Posts: 668

    The Lesco is fixed and by judging from picture looks to be heavier built than a Bullrider but I do not know. It's the best one I know of.
     
  7. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
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    When I checked about putting a Lesco sulky on my 36" mower, I found the outside/outside width of the caster wheels was well beyond 36". I don't recall the exact measurement, but I quickly discarded the Lesco option because I knew the wheels would be running in uncut grass. Maybe they have changed the design since I looked 5-6 years ago. I'm just suggesting that the dimension, out/out, be checked to learn if it will work with a 36" mower.
     
  8. mx495

    mx495 LawnSite Senior Member
    from MO
    Posts: 259

    Velke X2 is my favorite, and i have tried about all of them.
     

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