Big walk behind or ztr rider?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by TMGL&L, Mar 2, 2008.

  1. TMGL&L

    TMGL&L LawnSite Member
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    I'm looking at exmark walk behinds and zero turn riders and I need to make a choice soon... besides prices, what are the advantages of a rider zero turn and a walk behind?

    I hear walk behinds are better on hills while the riders are quicker on turns.

    Do the stand on contraptions on the back of the walk behinds mess up the striping effects?

    I'm just looking for some general pros and cons of both kinds of mowers.

    Thanks
     
  2. Turf Commando

    Turf Commando LawnSite Bronze Member
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    There's no way a ztr turns faster then a wb. When you use a ztr you really should do a 3 point turn, so you don't tear turf..


    Walk-behinds have limitations as far as deck sizes, I'd go with a ztr when I have major area to cover vs standing for hrs upon hrs ...
    How large is the properties..?
     
  3. RGM

    RGM LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Baltimore Md
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    I started with the walk behind a 48'' snapper made some money paid it off that same year and bought a ztr in the off season the before the next year at a great price too
     
  4. TMGL&L

    TMGL&L LawnSite Member
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    The properties I'm working on are all different sizes. I do small properties with obstacles, and 3-4 acre flat lots as well.
     
  5. RGM

    RGM LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Baltimore Md
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    How much else you trying to put with a new mower on that 5x10 trailer
     
  6. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'm in the same boat. Right now, since we only mow our own lawns we just have a couple light duty mowers. But since this year we're getting into the biz, I'm looking at starting off with one commercial mower.

    I don't know wether to go with a ZTR within the 36" to 42" range, or a walk behind in that same range. I could swing the price difference, but I just don't know what is generally better to start with. Since our "crew" will be one man to start off with, efficiency is a big concern. I was looking at the bobcat's or exmarks.

    The exmark dealer is pretty reputable around here, and so is the bobcat dealer. The bobcat dealer is one of those small, family owned and operated since some time real long ago types of places. So I always like to support those places since they are good people. Unless theres some major difference between the two mowers, I'm likely to end up with a bobcat for this reason.

    Not to highjack the thread, but any opinions on this as well?
     
  7. Turf Commando

    Turf Commando LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I can see the problem you may have with a walk-behind doing 3 to 4 acre, lawns not so much smaller ...
    Obstacles, Is definitely Walk-behind territory, ztr were not intended for small lots!
    You need to figure out for yourself which, mower will suit your accounts and be productive..
     
  8. Turf Commando

    Turf Commando LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Seriously, I was thinking the same thing.
    UPGRADE TRAILER TIME....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  9. TMGL&L

    TMGL&L LawnSite Member
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    21" walk behind, blower, and trimmer.

    I'm not worrying about the trailer size I can buy a new one and sell this one...
    But I save that conv for the trucks and trailer forum.
     
  10. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill LawnSite Senior Member
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    Is there a general rule of thumb in choosing a mower when you don't have any accounts yet? I would like to get a 36" to fit through gates, but I wouldn't want to be to inefficient. Lawns around here range in size from small to very large.
     

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