Hydro or Belt driven

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hydro or belt driven

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  1. A.J.'s Lawn Service

    A.J.'s Lawn Service LawnSite Member
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    What is the differenc between Hydro and Belt Driven?
    Which one proforms better and which one do you like better?

    Also What is the best walk behind that has the best price, if you know what is the price?:blob4:
     
  2. rkbrown

    rkbrown LawnSite Senior Member
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    For me, with the flat land around here, belt drive is just fine. Hydro performs better and you don't have to worry about slipping belts in wet conditions, but is much more expensive. When hydros do break they are more expensive to repair. So, its a tradeoff. Hydros perform better and are more reliable (longer lasting), but are more expensive initially and to repair. If you are going to use a sulky, I would go with hydro.

    I am looking at an Exmark 32" WB (gates around here are 34-35"). It is fixed deck, belt driven and is right at $2,000.
     
  3. tailoredlook

    tailoredlook LawnSite Member
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    belt drive is easier and cheaper if you're doing flat land. if belt breaks about $45 to replace and 15 mins labor. $1000 and hours of labor if pump breaks. 48" scag belt drive about $3000.
     
  4. Dennis E.

    Dennis E. LawnSite Senior Member
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    With the properties I have and the rain we get which = wet turf.
    Hydro is the way to go. I've had numerous belt driven units and got fed up with slipping,belts jumping/breaking. A belt driven on a berm on a retention pond or on a slight slope is totally worthless when the grass is wet or it's raining.
    The extra money spent on a hydro unit is money well spent IMO.
    Keep the oil/hydro filter changed per the manual and it should be problem free.
     
  5. A.J.'s Lawn Service

    A.J.'s Lawn Service LawnSite Member
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    But about how much more are hydros
     
  6. Dennis E.

    Dennis E. LawnSite Senior Member
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    Lesco 36 with the 15 Kaw. twin. Got some extra blades and other goodies when I bought it. (Freebies)
    $3200. plus tax.
     
  7. A.J.'s Lawn Service

    A.J.'s Lawn Service LawnSite Member
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    Dose anybody know how much a 32 or 36 exmark is

    how much better is the hydro for sulky use?:blob4:
     
  8. A.J.'s Lawn Service

    A.J.'s Lawn Service LawnSite Member
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    i mostly work on flat land:blob4:
     
  9. Dennis E.

    Dennis E. LawnSite Senior Member
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    "flat land".
    LMAO!!! Yup ,thats Florida!
    The hydro should work fine with a sulke. Why though?
    Get a stand-up velke. Thats what I use. The backside does not get beat as bad when you are standing up.:p
    My little 36 can fly using the velke. That twin Kaw sure is nice though. GOBS of power.
     
  10. marley

    marley LawnSite Member
    Posts: 91

    WET BELTS EQUAL FRUSTRATION.
     

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