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H-Bar vs. ECS Controls

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Red Hemlocker, Apr 17, 2004.

  1. Red Hemlocker

    Red Hemlocker LawnSite Member
    Posts: 36

    Looking for input. Gonna be doing a lot of side slope mowing. Thinking of the Hustler Super W/B 54". Controls need to be comfortable while maneuvering.
  2. Doc Pete

    Doc Pete LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,469

    Just do yourself a favor, find a dealer and demo the H bar for a full day. ECS is fine and much better than old pistol grips, however, the H bar is new technology.
    If you demo the H bar for 10 minutes , you'll hate it because it's impossible get used to something so different when you've used pistol grips for years.
    Good luck,
  3. Fareway Lawncare

    Fareway Lawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    from Canada
    Posts: 2,222

    If you can try this....jack up the rear of an ECS unit & a H-Bar unit and play with the controls while watching the wheel spin..this way you get a good feel for how well the levers or bar control each individual wheel..
  4. Doc Pete

    Doc Pete LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,469

    And while he's at, maybe he should practice putting his soda can in and out of the Hustler's cup holder......... just to get the feel for how well the can be grabbed.
  5. J.Gordon

    J.Gordon LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 675

    I think you will have a hard time finding anything easier to operate than the H-bar! You can operate it with one hand and have all the control you need. With very little experience you will be able to control each wheel individually if you need to. I do know a lot of companies are coming out with better controls on there walk-behinds so thatÂ’s is going to benefit all of us. Demo all the machines on your properties for at least one day each. I have the 25/54 and I think it will be very hard to get a better control system than the H-bar. And it does great on my hills!

  6. captken

    captken LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,707

    in tight maneuvers where I once used a 21" mower.

    You can mow and do everything one handed on the Hustler walkbehind with the H-bar steering, with some practice, turns, backing up etc. just like J Gordon said...kenny

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  7. specialtylc

    specialtylc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,656

    I say buy the pistol grip machine, run it for 2 years until you have carpal tunnel and then you will appreciate the Hustler H bar even more. We believe in our Hustler WB. It will take a couple of weeks to get real good on it, but you will .
  8. sawman65

    sawman65 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 751

    i have sold the exmark for 10 years and the ecs is one of the best
    controll systems i have used that was true up utill 2 years ago
    and i started selling hustlers once you get used to them and it won't take long there is nothing that comes close.
  9. accuratelawn

    accuratelawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 922

    I am in the market for a large walk. How is the H bar when it comes to hill mowing? How can you lift up the front of the mower when approaching a curb or other obstacle? I need a mower than can handle slopes and I am considering a TT or super walk.
  10. Red Hemlocker

    Red Hemlocker LawnSite Member
    Posts: 36

    Thanks guys. Buying the Hustler Super W/B. I got a great deal from what I see. Demo unit low hours, full warantee, $5400.00 with optional wheel brake and 3 sets of blades.

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