hydro walkbehind

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by man of stihl, Nov 21, 2005.

  1. man of stihl

    man of stihl LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 307

    hey guys im interested in buying a new hydro walkbehind for next season, i know i have many different options and prices. i just wanted some comments on what u guys like and what you dont. i have a lesco gear drive walkbehind now and its decent, but i want a hydro. i was thinking maybe scag because my local dealer is very nice and has helped me out many times and i was thinkin of returning the favor and buying a scag off of him. any comments would be great:cool2:

    thanx
    lance
     
  2. RobH

    RobH LawnSite Member
    Posts: 142

    There are a million posts on this issue.

    There are many great hydro walk-behinds out there. You could debate all day which one is the best.

    One thing that isn't debated is having a good dealer. That is probably the most important thing to consider. Being able to get parts and service on your w/b down the road is vital to your success in this business. You really can't put a price on that.

    Personally, I have a 48" Scag w/b and I'm more than happy with it. I've never owned and Exmark, Ferris, Toro, Lesco, Hustler, or any of the other brands that you will read about here. So I can't truly say why one machine is better than another.

    Good luck with whatever you decide to purchase.
     
  3. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Posts: 3,010

    lance--I think this is a very good idea. I personally believe you should "dance with them that brung you", and this guy sounds like he wants to dance.

    let us know how it goes.

    GEO :)
     
  4. TClawn

    TClawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    I agree, if the dealer treated you good BEFORE you bought anything from him, return the favor.
     
  5. man of stihl

    man of stihl LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 307

    do you guys have any ballpark figures on wut a 36inch compared to a 48inch would cost me?
    and what kind of catchers do you guys run? i was thinking maybe grass gobbler... i have the cloth type on my lesco and it sucks.
     
  6. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,164

    Grass gobbler is a royal pita. It is heavy to begin with, then when it gets full of grass, let alone wet grass, i have never used one but have heard alot of good things about accelerator bags. Just my .02
     
  7. TClawn

    TClawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,036

    yeah, my accelerator catcher is great. the only thing I don't like, is that it will catch and gouge on hill side.
     
  8. Ol'time Lawncare

    Ol'time Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 497

    I would say go with the dealer closest to you. I my self want a new machine too. and my choices are John Deere,Ferris or Husqvarna... Any opinions about Husqvarnas 48''wb.
     
  9. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,313

    You won't be disappointed with the Scag, the only question is do you need a heavy duty unit? This unit will last a very long time, but is pricey. We also like the Snapper hydro with adjustable deck, and I would guess it might cost less. Don't go with a hydro that doesn't drive both wheel independently.
     
  10. lawn_pro

    lawn_pro LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 284

    we have had very good luck with Scag walk-behinds....built well, just change the oil and thats really it.
     

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