Best Walk-behind

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by DiMassa33, Sep 17, 2006.

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Which brand makes best walk-behind

  1. Exmark

    133 vote(s)
    38.0%
  2. Scag

    84 vote(s)
    24.0%
  3. Lesco

    20 vote(s)
    5.7%
  4. Bobcat

    20 vote(s)
    5.7%
  5. Other - please list what you think

    93 vote(s)
    26.6%
  1. S man

    S man LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,562

    Belt drives are good for starters.
     
  2. LawnInOrder

    LawnInOrder LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 398

    QUOTE=SnapperAriens]Belt drives are good for starters.[/QUOTE]

    I don;t agree. It depends on what you are cutting. I had a 1997 exmark viking 36" that i hated. My friend had a belt driven scag 36" and for the size properties i did, it was a better all around machine. The only thing i liked better about the hydro was the reverse. Other than that the belt driven for me is better. I ended up buying a scag 36" belt driven. All the landscapers around me only use 36" scags belt driven exclusively. this is just my 2 cents. I only cut 1500-4000 square foot lawns that where some are gated and alomst 99% flat. The only hilly home i do is about 500 square feet and i use my 21" lawnboy. IMO. LawnInOrder
     
  3. RedMax Man

    RedMax Man LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,053

    Ya belt drives are good for most starters and for smaller flat areas and gated back yards. Once you start using a beltdrive for large properties with slopes and have a sulky mounted on it your gonna want a hydro because they don't have belt that can slip when wet or on steep grades and have consistant power all the time.
     
  4. LawnInOrder

    LawnInOrder LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 398

    yea that was the other thing i was gunna mention. if i used a sulky or velky i would have kept the hydro. but the properties are so small i really don;t even need a 36", but i makes it faster. and as far as hills a hydro s better. It all depends on your conditions. LawnInOrder
     
  5. RedMax Man

    RedMax Man LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,053

    yep, every machine has its stong points and best uses depending on the property and other factors.
     
  6. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Posts: 10,812


    Merry Christmas Scott:waving:
     
  7. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,201

    I don't see many votes for Toro's T-bar. I've been using Toro's for what seems like ever and I have never had any problems at all and best of all they have one of the best cuts in the industry. I would take Toro's over Scag anyday for quality of cut.
     
  8. S man

    S man LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,562

    My briggs 4.5 on my murray went out with only three months of light use. :cry: :cry:
     
  9. S man

    S man LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,562

    and a happy new year:waving:
    I'm going with toro this year when business starts picking up. I really want to try a turbo force deck model.
     
  10. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,096


    The Toro turbo force deck wb's are pretty good units. They cut and stripe extremely well! Toro made a big deal about having the adjustable baffle on the deck but I think its just bragging. I am not dissing the unit at all, I just don't see what all the hype was about.
     

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