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Does a sulky or velke really increase productivity?

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

  1. 94gt331

    94gt331 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,695

    Are they only designed for Hydro's? I heard something about this in the past not be compatable with some belt drives but haven't looked into it yet.
  2. TML

    TML LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 835

    Yeah Im not sure why you could run one on a 48 Viking but it is not advised on a 48 Metro. I have seen several of them on Metro's and the Goslide says it is usable with any WB. I posted a thread about putting one on my 36 Metro earlier and everyone suggested I not do it. I just continue to walk as I have 1 month at the most of mowing left. I want to add a 48 Metro next year and put a Proslide on it but don't want to make a $500 mistake. I don't want any type of wheeled unit.
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  3. 94gt331

    94gt331 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,695

    I have a 48inch Metro and wanted to also put the proslide on it , I'm going to look into it soon and let you know.
  4. TuffTurfLawnCare

    TuffTurfLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 668

    I have a 48" Viking and use the Exmark Standon with it. But my Viking is hydro, not belt...
  5. GrassGuerilla

    GrassGuerilla LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,437

    I've used a Velke single for years behind a Toro t-bar belt drive. It handles much better than my two wheel Jungle Jim. The two wheels are a little easier on bumpy ground due to lower tire pressure with two tires. The single tracks straighter with less "fish tailing". I use a two wheel behind a hydro, and single behind a belt drive.

    When the ground gets soft, a 200lb man on a single becomes a plow. Pros and cons to both.

    Open discharge, gators everywhere. And I think the Velke x2 is a great place to start.
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  6. echo

    echo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,686

    Not enough power and too much friction for a Proslide to work on a 36.

    Can't see the benefit of a Proslide over a wheeled velke/sulky, especially with crossing a driveway, riding a sidewalk, not being able to back up, riding it up a trailer gate, etc... Gotta wear out pretty fast and gotta slow down even the most powerful walk behind compared to wheel/s.
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  7. jkilov

    jkilov LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MS
    Posts: 1,415

    Does anyone use a sulky on a single hydro?
  8. newguy123

    newguy123 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,094

    We have a few lawns where we could either use a 36" walk behind (belt drive) or a 21". We opt for the 36" due to the large back yards. Anyways, we run the 36" belt drive with a two wheel sulky. Pulls around my guy with ease. He's 6'2" about 190; no problems.

    Granted we only use it on a few properties a week; but at that it works just fine.
  9. lawnsaspire

    lawnsaspire LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,595

    Does anyone have any thoughts on how fuel consumption in your walk-behind with sulky/velke compares to Stand on mowers? Obviously it consumes more fuel than if you were just walking behind it, but is it as much as a larger stand on or Rider unit?
  10. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    I've noticed no difference. It takes very, very little power to keep a person's weight moving at 2 or 3, even 6 mph.

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