Differences in transmissions

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by clutch20, May 28, 2014.

  1. clutch20

    clutch20 LawnSite Member
    Male, from Michigan
    Posts: 50

    What is the difference between a belt, hydro etc. Advantages? Disadvantages?
     
  2. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
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    Main mower on a business I'd get a hydro. Belt is a good back up or back yard mower but would be a tad slower with a velke and also doesn't do well in wet grass as the belts will slip. Belts don't have true reverse it's more of an assist. Belts are about half price of a hydro. Hydros use the drive system that sit down and stand on zero turns use. When something breaks on a hydro system it usually close or exceeded $1000 bucks to repair. A belt can be fixed by any handy man for 200 bucks in an hour or two.
     
  3. mattymax

    mattymax LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 161

    Hydro if you plan on using the mower a lot. The REAL reverse really helps out when you get into tight spots.

    Also the hydro has the ability to hold a downhill. The belt will just take off on you

    Hydro is more money out front for the original purchase but the paybacks are great

    -matt
     
  4. clutch20

    clutch20 LawnSite Member
    Male, from Michigan
    Posts: 50

    so all zero turns run on hydro? And what would you recommend for a small number of accounts, under 10?
     
  5. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,838

    Depending if they all had to be done in a day. If you can take your time I'd save the money and buy a belt. Much cheaper entry point and super easy to work on and keep up on maintenance. They're a good bit lighter too. A belt 36 is probably 200 lbs lighter than a hydro.
     

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