Front castor wheels on 21" mowers. Pro & Cons...

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Sir Mow-A-Lot, Mar 5, 2005.

  1. Sir Mow-A-Lot

    Sir Mow-A-Lot LawnSite Member
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    What do you guys think?
     
  2. Fareway Lawncare

    Fareway Lawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    from Canada
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    Big Con...Makes the Mower Longer than Necessary & Harder to Control in Ditches & Slopes...Say No to Casters on 21"'s.

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  3. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
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    What the hell is that thing? it looks like a cross between a string trimmer and a edger. Just looking at a Cub Cadet 21" with caster wheels and its no longer than a regular mower.
     
  4. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
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    P.S. I think they are great- don't have to lift mower when turning. So say yes to caster wheels.
     
  5. Sir Mow-A-Lot

    Sir Mow-A-Lot LawnSite Member
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    thanks for the pic.

    Ok..so you lose a few..maybe 6-8" out front...but since it turns on a dime ..won't that hit what ya missed?
     
  6. Fareway Lawncare

    Fareway Lawncare LawnSite Silver Member
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    There are Good Reasons Casters are not Used on Serious Commercial Units like the Prolines or HRC's.
     
  7. Sir Mow-A-Lot

    Sir Mow-A-Lot LawnSite Member
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    any other reasons besides what you've mentioned?


    i did a quick search and the benefit seems to be its turning radius. Somebody said they really good for parking lot islands and around tree rings.
     
  8. barnard

    barnard LawnSite Senior Member
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    they are worthless on a 21.
     
  9. Appalachian landscape

    Appalachian landscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    casters don't completely lock in place, there's a little play. If you're on a hillside they make the mower very hard to keep up hill and straight due to the wheels turning downhill.
     

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