hydro or belt walk behind exmark

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by nismodude1988, Nov 17, 2012.

  1. nismodude1988

    nismodude1988 LawnSite Member
    from GA
    Posts: 107

    Hey guys im having trouble decided where to get a 36 inch exmark walk behind in drive belts or hydro any opinions
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  2. STIHL GUY

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
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    it depends on how much your willing to spend that the terrain you plan on mowing...there are a bunch of belt vs hydro posts on here if you search it
     
  3. crichardson

    crichardson LawnSite Member
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    i tested a scag belt and then a exmark hydro, i went with the exmark hydro for the reverse feature mainly, and of course alot easier turning.
     
  4. nismodude1988

    nismodude1988 LawnSite Member
    from GA
    Posts: 107

    Only thing im worried bout is how reliable or those hydro pumps do they ever crap out ?
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  5. iforgotmybackpack

    iforgotmybackpack LawnSite Member
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    If you can afford the hydro model than there is no question. Belt drives are miserable. Hydro pumps last a long time and are very reliable, especially on exmarks
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  6. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    Hydro all the way!!!!!!!
     
  7. nismodude1988

    nismodude1988 LawnSite Member
    from GA
    Posts: 107

    Ok which size would u recommend for just starting out a 36 turftracer or 42
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  8. iforgotmybackpack

    iforgotmybackpack LawnSite Member
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    Depends on if your area has a lot of fenced in yards. 36 will fit through most standard gates, anything larger you'll probably be scratchin your head. If gates aren't an issue, get a 48 or 52. Larger the deck, less time on the lawn.
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