Converting belt drive to hydro

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by calvarylandscapegroup, Mar 2, 2010.

  1. calvarylandscapegroup

    calvarylandscapegroup LawnSite Member
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    Got an interesrting one for you. I have an old bunton 48" walk behind mower I have been trying to sell. This was my first commercial mower and now i am trying to sell it but no luck. So i've pondered the idea " i wonder if i can make this a hydrostatic mower" if this has been done before does anyone know what parts besides the transmission would be needed?
  2. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Platinum Member
    from zone 6
    Posts: 4,234

    It's cheaper to find a donor Hydro mower or used mower.
  3. djagusch

    djagusch LawnSite Platinum Member
    from MN
    Posts: 4,231

    Unless you have free parts and lots of free time your better off buying a new or used hydro instead.

    The mower you can't sell will sell with spring coming. Lower the price if you want it to move faster.
  4. DT Lawn Care

    DT Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 850

    Wow, that would be a tough one. You're going to need different pulleys for the belt underneath, new handles/rods and remove the brakes. You're going to have to buy hydro pumps, lines, reservoir and wheel motors. No, you will end up spending more than you can get a good used hydro mower for. If you're serious about doing something with it, find a hydro mower with a dead engine and swap the engines out. Otherwise, just leave it be.
  5. Pat'sPerfectLawnService

    Pat'sPerfectLawnService LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 379

    i was thinking the samething about converting it, but it sounds like is a waste of time and money.
  6. Tinkerer

    Tinkerer LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 620

    All you need is a Flux Capacitor and a warp drive console.
  7. KyLawnscapes

    KyLawnscapes LawnSite Member
    Posts: 44

    If its not too old of a bunton like around a early to late 90's you should be able to do it pretty easy if you can find a donor like they said earlier. The deck will bolt to the hydro chassis. This is only if yours is the style where the deck unbolts.
  8. DuallyVette

    DuallyVette LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,168

    :laugh::laugh::laugh: That's the same way I turned my Vette into a Duallyvette.

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