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Favorite hydro walk behind for hill work?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by FastMan, Jun 16, 2010.

  1. FastMan

    FastMan LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 782

    Looking for your opinions on which hydro walk behind you like best on serious hills. Most interested in hearing from people who have experience using various makes & models.
     
  2. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,654

    Well I don't have a hydro Walk behind, I use either the gear drives or the Z.
     
  3. GKchris311

    GKchris311 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 30

    Ferris comfort control dd. I take my velke off when I'm on seriously steep hills, but no need to anywhere else. I have the 25 hp model and if you want it for hill use that's what I would recomend.
     
  4. FastMan

    FastMan LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 782

    No Z would survive on the hills I'm mowing.

    I had a gear drive exmark metro. It handled the hills very well, minus the shortcomings of gear drive to hydro. I switched out to a Toro hydro with split T controls this season. The hydro is great, but the machine does not hold or maneuver on the steep stuff as well as the metro did. Front wants to lift on me so easy when going straight up, even after adding a weight kit, I have to push strongly on the bar to keep the deck on the ground. Doesn't hold as well when side hilling, wants to slip sideways. Even the slightest angle downhill it loses the ability to steer and wants to free fall. I love the Toro on normal terrain, but truly steep hills is not where is shines.

    I demo'd a scag V-Pro hydro last summer. It didn't suffer from the Toro's quirks. Wondering how the Exmark turf tracer would be stack up against the others.
     
  5. FastMan

    FastMan LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 782

    No nearby ferris dealers here.
     
  6. Exmark#1

    Exmark#1 LawnSite Member
    from MO
    Posts: 109

    The Hustler trimstar is what you need. I have a 17 kaw and a 48 inch deck and it will stick to anything i put it on. In my opinion it is just one heck of a machine. The controls are the easiest out there and are extremely smooth.
     
  7. R & R Yard Designs

    R & R Yard Designs LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 647

    Ferris 52 inch dual drive. That is the BEST mower for any hill. I can take any grade hill with ease
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  8. FastMan

    FastMan LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 782

    I think I'll demo one. I see exmark in your screen name. Have you compared the trimstar to the turf tracer? Any idea on the retail price of your 48 inch trimstar?
     
  9. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 37,806

    I run hills at my day job so steep with a Viking, or Turf Tracer, depending on who else is running what machine, that I can hardly walk up. Keep your cool, don't get cocky, be careful, and you can mow anything with those mowers.
     
  10. BadRancher

    BadRancher LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,887

    My TurfTrace does good, but if its semi wet with bare spots on soil you will slide.... Thats probably with any mower though. My metro will walk the walk and talk the talk though.
     

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