Does a sulky or velke really increase productivity?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bwanderson79, Sep 18, 2013.

  1. bwanderson79

    bwanderson79 LawnSite Member
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    Just as the title says, Im curious what the productivity gains will be if I spring for one. I currently have a Scag 36 walk behind and most of my lawns are 10000 sq ft give or take. If anyone has documented this, I'd be interested to know the results.

    I'm also curious if most users mow with the shoot open to maximize the benefit.
     
  2. Bumpmaster

    Bumpmaster LawnSite Fanatic
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    Gained $300 a week in productivity with a Velke.
     
  3. echo

    echo LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Can you walk 4-7 mph nonstop for most of the day? No contest. A velke does nothing but increase productivity. I would never get done if I had to walk all day and would make much less money, although I only use a walk behind when I have to.
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  4. DEPENDABLE LANDSCAPING

    DEPENDABLE LANDSCAPING LawnSite Bronze Member
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    With out a doubt!
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  5. Bumpmaster

    Bumpmaster LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yep, once you are able to explain to the customer the reason for all the extra turf damage, the productivity will definitely be there.
     
  6. LawnGuy110

    LawnGuy110 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Lets put it this way. I can double cut a yard with a velke in less time than it would take me to cut it once without a velke
     
  7. echo

    echo LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Pretty ridiculous assumption. If you know what you're doing you shouldn't have any turf damage. I use a ztr on postage stamp lots also without damage. Learn to operate your equipment and you'll be more productive with quality work.
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  8. Bumpmaster

    Bumpmaster LawnSite Fanatic
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    I beg your pardon. Turf damage is just the nature of the beast.
     
  9. echo

    echo LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Never had a complaint or make any turf damage from using a velke or ztr vs walking. If I had to walk I'd find another business.
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  10. Bumpmaster

    Bumpmaster LawnSite Fanatic
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    Fact: Turf damage can be caused from too stiff of a sole on a sneaker.
     

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