hover mowers

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by malliso, Sep 13, 2004.

  1. malliso

    malliso LawnSite Member
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    thinking about buying a hover mower and was wondering what anyone thought about them?have a lot of hilly property.Havent seen any in my area so dont know if they are any good .
     
  2. jaybird

    jaybird LawnSite Senior Member
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    ill let you know a friend gave me one,(allen brand.) its suppose to run he says he bought it brand new, when he lived down south.
     
  3. WeatherMan

    WeatherMan LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 692

    Back when I mowed lawns I bought one, and thought wow what a great investment, I used it 2 or 3 times then it sat on a shelf till I sold the Biz.
     
  4. barnard

    barnard LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have one hanging on the wall. I don't recommend them. They are just a gadget in my opinion.
     
  5. Geoffrey

    Geoffrey LawnSite Member
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    Malliso,
    The only question you have to ask yourself, how hilly are these properties? Golf courses use them a lot to cut hills and bunkers. Allen is the only one I've used and it was absolutely necessary because of the hill I used it on but I hated having to swing the mower from left to right to get to some areas.

    Geoff
     
  6. malliso

    malliso LawnSite Member
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    thats one of my next questions,,,,do you have to swing them around or can you run in stripes?the properties i have are i would say at around 45 degrees and some around 30.i wonder if you can run them in the same paths like a regular lawnmower,i m looking at an eastman hover,but i do wonder if they are just a little gizmo or really useful
     
  7. Geoffrey

    Geoffrey LawnSite Member
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    Malliso,
    This is just my opinion so take it for what's worth. I believe hover mowers have only one specific use, on steep hills. So to answer your question no a 45 degree hill is not all that steep and a regular 21 inch should do. I use hover mowers on steep hills and have to swing them from side to side to cut effectively. I cut some steep hills weekly so we need it but most LCO's don't.

    Geoff
     
  8. Oldtimer

    Oldtimer LawnSite Bronze Member
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    2 men with ropes tied to a hover mower can mow almost any slope.


    Oldtimer
     
  9. fixer67

    fixer67 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Note on using push mowers to mow steep hills. You should only use a 2 cycle lawn mower to mow really steep hills. A regular 4 cycle mower will not last long because the oil will be all to one side. I have seen more than a few mower killed by using them this way.
     
  10. malliso

    malliso LawnSite Member
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    my problem is that i am using 2 toro 22inch pace mowers on hills.replacing transmissions every 2 months,,,the hills are also rocky to boot.thinking i might b better off trying one of these mowers.thanx every1 for the input,very helpful.we want a mower just for our hill jobs.thanx geoffrey
     

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