Found a Walkbehind

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by AndrewE, Dec 22, 2003.

  1. AndrewE

    AndrewE LawnSite Member
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    The other day I went up to the dealer and demoed a Bobcat and Toro. I'm 98% sure I'm going to buy the Toro. It was a 17hp Kawi, 44' cut, T-bar, Floating deck, belt drive. This is a great machine for my first commercial mower. The price was $3699. Which I thought was good.

    Question: I'm going to buy a sulky or something like that. I dealer sells Velky's two wheel for $299 which I thought was high but I don't know. Also what about the sulky that Toro makes that looks real good but I don't know the price.

    On Jan.19 he is having a show and I'm going to most likely buy it then. BTW the dealer is great.
     
  2. WeatherMan

    WeatherMan LawnSite Senior Member
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    Buy your Sulkys Half Price on ebay
     
  3. Turfdude

    Turfdude LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Andrew,

    If that machine is a belt drive, IMHO, not only will Bobcat beat the price for their 48" mower, but their unit is much better hands down.
     
  4. AndrewE

    AndrewE LawnSite Member
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    The Botcat was $500 dollars more for the same thing. And the controls are not where as good.
     
  5. Turf Technologies

    Turf Technologies LawnSite Senior Member
    from Florida
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    What a rip off, I have a 52 hydo Wb with a sulky for $4000, its a Lesco. And id put that machine up against any.
     
  6. MIMAINTAINCE

    MIMAINTAINCE LawnSite Member
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    I have a 54" Bobcat belt drive walk behind 17hp Kawasaki w/ sulky and think it is great machine. It is my only and first w/b I bought it used last year at an auction and love it. The only thing i dont like is its a fixed deck. It actually does well in wet grass until the belts get really what. what deck size and engine was on the bobcat u demoed? weatherman is right. buy ur sulky off ebay for cheap. The only performance issue I have w/ it is it doesnt handle thick grass well at all. It clumps badly. But overall it is great!
     
  7. Lbilawncare

    Lbilawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I would get the Hydro with the 15hp Kohler- We bought ours for less than the one you're looking at. 15 horse is plenty of power IMHO for a 44" Deck. The Hydro is much more efficient than belt drive and if you're going to use a sulky-much easier. Good choice with the Toro though, pistol grips are not as easy as the T-Bar.
     
  8. Cut 2 Please

    Cut 2 Please LawnSite Member
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    I am about to purchase a new WB. I got a price of $3900 for a Gravely Pro H 15Hp 48" w/mulch kit. This mower is a hydro. Their belt drives are even cheaper.
     
  9. BOTURF

    BOTURF LawnSite Senior Member
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    Imho i would get nothing less than a 17 horse for the 44 . I have been there done that type of thing horse power wise . i would rather have to much horse power than not enough . I used to run a 48 fixed deck with a 14 horse years ago and man this was a dog compaired to the next 48 i bought with a 17 horse
     
  10. Barkleymut

    Barkleymut LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Forget the belt drive. I have a belt and a hydro. Guess which one gets used?? Look at other brands. If your Lesco has a mechanic I would buy one from there. Really good mowers at an unbeatable price.
     

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