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ecs vs. pistol grip

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by steve225, Jun 2, 2005.

  1. steve225

    steve225 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 123

    I have a chance to get a used turf tracer 60 " . I have concerns about leaning on the handles around holes and small humps , curbs ect. The mower is a part time user the Lazer does most the work. I can get the old stile or the ecs style .
    Which one would you get ?

  2. Rhett

    Rhett LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,071

    ECS. Easier on the user. Less fatigue and provides a more natural position. Can run an ECS all day no problem. a couple hours on the pistol grips and my hands are numb.
  3. Premo Services

    Premo Services LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,516

    :cry: Man, ain't that the truth. I have a 6 year old turf tracer with pistol grips, and this spring, I bought a 60 inch tt with ECS, man what a difference, no fatigue after using it all day. My son, and partner, has had corpal tunnel in one hand and he tells me that the ECS does not bother him at all either.
  4. GreenUtah

    GreenUtah LawnSite Senior Member
    from SLC, UT
    Posts: 866

    agreed...it's also easier to teach new seasonals to operate the ecs grips as their brain has an easier time processing "squeeze back to go back" than "squeeze up to go back" The higher grips also make it a more natural position for using a sulky, not as much bending to handle the controls so that you can stay behind the controls instead of over them.
  5. steve225

    steve225 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 123

    Thanks for your replies.

    My real concern Is going up curbs and pushing down around holes and small hills? How bad do they scalp? I know the ecs is more user friendly to run.

  6. Mo Green

    Mo Green LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,487

    I have the ECS and have no problem getting up onto curbs.
  7. Jpocket

    Jpocket LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,278

    It depends on how much you use it, if your running it all day then get the ecs... if your like me where the wb stays on the trailer most of the day save some cash and get the old style.
  8. ealbertson

    ealbertson LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 256

    I started with a 48" pistol grip then went to a 48" and now 60" TT with ECS. It took me a while to get used to the ECS but am very happy with it now. Also the 60" TT is one heck of a machine. It is far more efficient than I ever expected over the 48. As far as scalping it isn't bad at all. To raise the front end instead of pushing down on the handles pull back on them. This takes some getting used to but works good once you get used to it. I would also suggest getting a velke for it. It will give a good cut going much faster than you can walk. Hope this helps.
  9. steve225

    steve225 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 123

    Anyone else run the ecs controls?

  10. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Posts: 4,205

    I wouldn't even consider pistol grips over ECS.............
    Pistol grips have no advantage over ECS in my opinion and the ECS grips have a lot of advantage over pistol grips.

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