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hydro or gear driven/exmark

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by AutmgRt, Feb 21, 2001.

  1. AutmgRt

    AutmgRt LawnSite Member
    Posts: 4

    Iam 25 and my buddy and I just getting started in the lawn mowing sevice. I have 1 year and a half till I get my degree in turfgrass management. I've plan on do residental lawns, I planed on using 32" exmark and a 36" exmark with floating deck. and 21". But on the 36" Iam not sure to us hydro or gear. Is it worth the the extra $$$$ to spend. And is this of equitment go to start out with. What sum advice
  2. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Posts: 4,831

    If I ever get a W/B, it will be hydro. You do not have to worry about the belts getting wet and slipping and I also read that the hydros are faster and better for a sulky device. With that small size of mowers, why do you need a 21"? We now use two 60" ZTR's and a 21" for small areas.
  3. TJLC

    TJLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,308

    I have owned both belt and hydro. I traded in the belt on my second hydro.(36" Exmark) I know it's more for the hydro but take it from me, it is well worth it.
  4. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,205

    my first mower was a scag 48 inch belt drive. i just bought my first rider, but ive never tried a hydro. i have never had a problem with the belts spinning or not being able to move. maybe the hydros worth it but all i can say is that my mower has worked out great
  5. tlcgrounds

    tlcgrounds LawnSite Member
    Posts: 133

    I have a 48" metro hp(gear) and a 52 Turf tracer (hydro). If I were you and only buying a 36" I would get a gear drive. The unit is a lot cheaper and I feel that you can manuver the gear drive easier than the hydro. As light as the 36" is I wouldn't waste the money.
  6. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,662

    Hydrostatic trannys will allow you to cut in wet or rainy conditions when the belt drives just slip or have to call it a day.

    I think a better question is - Can you afford not to have a Hydro when your out of work??

    Hope this helps.
  7. Cutter1

    Cutter1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,251

    YOu will not regret spending the extra money on a hydro. I have had both belts and hydro's. I will never buy belts again, especially if you plan on using a vekie.
  8. jimsmowin

    jimsmowin LawnSite Member
    Posts: 79

    we have a 52" ex. with belt drive. mower is fine as long as you don't mow in the wet. BUY HYDRO, i will never buy another belt mower.
  9. Esby

    Esby LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 662

    I have a 48" Exmark Metro. Mowed in all conditions, including rainy, wet conditions, never had a belt slip, not even a little bit. Maybe it will someday, but until then I will remain very happy with my belt drive!
  10. Henry

    Henry LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 549

    I bought my first hydro (36 exmark viking, still have it) 8 years ago. The first day using it said I would never use a belt drive again. The reverse on the gear drives isn't worth the time it takes to shift. I always see guys pulling the mower back anyway. Hydro is almost effortless. Your shoulders will thank you for it. DON"T BE A FOOL!

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