hydro walk behind vrs. zero turn

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by tcalb2, Mar 2, 2007.

  1. tcalb2

    tcalb2 LawnSite Member
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    I currently have a 36 belt drive lesco and I'm looking to get a larger mower for the big yards and i was wondering if anyone could tell me if i should get a hydro with a sulky or a zero turn. I'm not sure which one is a better purchase
     
  2. TNT LawnCare Inc.

    TNT LawnCare Inc. LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What size are your propertys and how many accounts.
     
  3. gobblet

    gobblet LawnSite Member
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    Go with Hydro walkbehind!
     
  4. tcalb2

    tcalb2 LawnSite Member
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    I only have five accounts right now,but one of them is pretty big about an acre or so and with the 36 it takes forever.
     
  5. TNT LawnCare Inc.

    TNT LawnCare Inc. LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I for one have always been a big fan of Hydro W.B. all around versatile machine can go just about anywhere...especialy on slopes ,most ZTR can be difficult to control on slopes. You can get a nice W.b in a 52 or even a 60 inch cut. Ztr's will cost you alot more. I know many who will use nothing else but a W.B. and vice versa.
     
  6. JKOOPERS

    JKOOPERS LawnSite Bronze Member
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    my point exactly
     
  7. GreenN'Clean

    GreenN'Clean LawnSite Bronze Member
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    If you don't have properties an acre or more then you don't really need a ZTR a WB will do the job
     
  8. GreenN'Clean

    GreenN'Clean LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I started out with a W B a few years ago and didn't get a ZTR until I started landing bigger jobs that I couldn't handle with the W B
     
  9. tcalb2

    tcalb2 LawnSite Member
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    thanks for the help guys I always see guys with the zero turns and I just didn't know if their was a huge advantage to them that I just didn't understand.
     
  10. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
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    I mowed for nine seasons with a 36" w/b, hydro. Each year I had 38-40 properties, at least six over 1.5 acres. I mowed one for a few years that was 3 acres.

    Obviously, we have different ideas about "forever." I used my machine hard, it was well paid for, and it made lots of money for me.

    Last May, I bought a 48" ZTR. I was able to add only a couple of more properties to my list. From an economics viewpoint, no way can I justify spending all that money for a ZTR. The added productivity is not enough to get the monetary return. I use the ZTR on about half of my properties - the w/b is needed on the others because of terrain, gates, etc.

    Remember, the mowing is only part of the time spent on a property. No matter if you have a 36", a 48" or 60" mower on the trailer, you still have to do the trimming and cleanup afterward.

    With only five properties, you have a long way to go before exhausting the capacity of your mower.
     

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