Equipment Choice:Which would you select?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by cutman2000, Aug 26, 2012.

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  1. cutman2000

    cutman2000 LawnSite Member
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    Which would you select with a $1000 budget?:
    #1. 3 new push Husqvarnas 6021p 149cc 21" (total value = $900)
    #2. 1 new Toro TimeMaster 190cc 30" (total value about $1000)
    #3. 1 really old commercial walk behind (total value around $1000)


    I think the commercial is best, I'm just afraid of buying used equipment and end up going back and forth to the repair shop.

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  2. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    I would look for a used commercial belt drive wb
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  3. cutman2000

    cutman2000 LawnSite Member
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    What exactly is the belt drive and what is it for?
     
  4. elitelawnteam1

    elitelawnteam1 LawnSite Senior Member
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    It's the self propel feature. You have 2 selp propel options with commercial WBs. Belt/gear drive is cheaper, but the belts that turn the wheels tend to slip in wet conditions, you steer with 2 brakes. Hydro WBs are a bit more expensive, but they are easier to operate and handle. plus they have a reverse instead of a belt drive with reverse assist.

    start w/ belt drive, unless u can find a hydro for cheap.
     
  5. cutman2000

    cutman2000 LawnSite Member
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    the photo of the WB in my post is not a belt drive?
     
  6. Kkane97

    Kkane97 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I would look for a gear drive walk behind mower. I have one and there is no slippage at all because there are no belts! I pull a sulky with it and have never had a problem. Belt drive mowers dont have reverse, GEAR drive do. I am sure that I will get my head chewed off for posting this (big discussion on it ) But I would look for a complete gear drive mower. They have mow power to pull a sulky without burning through belts left and right.

    The one that you posted is a belt drive mower, notice the things above the wheels in the rear, that is where the belt are for the wheels.

    Complete gear drives dont have those belts it is just the trans straight to the wheels. Its a very cool system
     
  7. Jimslawncareservice

    Jimslawncareservice LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Yes, the one pictured is a belt drive. They are not that bad. Hydro is better. The pictured one is worth maybe $500. Keep watching Craigslist, and check with some dealers. This time of year they are itching to move mowers that sat around awhile.
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  8. cutman2000

    cutman2000 LawnSite Member
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    These older models, are they pretty solid, or should I expect to see a lot of repair shops?
     
  9. Jimslawncareservice

    Jimslawncareservice LawnSite Platinum Member
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    All depends on how well they were cared for. The older something gets the more brittle it gets. Belt drives are pretty simple to begin with, but it still can nickel and dime you to death. Not sure where you are, but I saw a ferris 32" single hydro for sale on here for 1250. If you don't have any hills, it would be a good starter mower
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