I'm Purchasing A Used Mower- Should I Go With Hydro Or Belt?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by BISHOP, Dec 2, 2001.

  1. BISHOP

    BISHOP LawnSite Member
    from OHIO
    Posts: 28

    I'VE BEEN READING MANY OF LAWNSITE'S SUBJECT THREADS, YOU GUYS REALLY ARE EDUCATED SO I THOUGHT I WOULD GET YOUR OPINION ON A QUESTION I HAVE


    I'M LOOKING FOR A USED 48" MOWER -SHOULD I GO WITH A HYDRO OR BELT & CAN YOU STATE SOME ADVANTAGES OR DISADVANTAGES?


    MOST COMMON BRANDS IN MY AREA ARE SCAG & EXMARK WHAT IS A BETTER BRAND?


    THANKS :D :blob3:
     
  2. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,028

    Hydro is my choice but I am always looking for speed. Belt is more economical if price is an issue. You also might want to consider what type of mowing you are doing. If you are mowing at your leisure and you don't have to worry about rain then a belt would be ok. If you have lots of small spaces and turns then a hydro would help.
    I personally tried a Scag and was not a fan of the pistol grips but it was ok otherwise. I have not tried an Exmark. I have a Toro 15hp hydro w/44" deck. The T-bar is by far the easiest to use in my opinion. Good Luck.
     
  3. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    I run eXmarks and have been very happy with machines and exmark. The customer service they have can't be beat. 48" will probably be a frontline mower for you, so I would get the hydro.
     
  4. HYDRO is better for sure for a pro, but since you will probaley only be doing your own lawn things like belt slippings would not be as big of a problem for you .pros have to mow a lot in wet conditions homeowners rarely have to.Like 65hoss said exmark mowers are good i would say they are the first or second best brand out there.I like also what im seeing from gravely comeing in 2002 .But since youre looking for used mowers i wont go into them

    good luck
     
  5. hertelbr

    hertelbr LawnSite Member
    Posts: 45

    One thing about the belt drives in my experience is no reverse, sure there is an R on the transmission but any of the peerless transmissions which are common on most belt drives severely lack the capability to back up if there is any resistance. Also, remember repair costs on a hydro are far more expensive than a belt drive. Hydro pumps are a whole lot more expensive than a set of wheel belts. But ahhhh, that reverse sure is nice. Might want to also consider Ransomes Bobcat have had great luck with them in the past 11 Years.

    -Brandon
     
  6. Atlantic Lawn

    Atlantic Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Outer Banks NC
    Posts: 938

    Belt drives are usually cheaper to purchase for homeowners and are fine,cheaper to repair too and all a homeowner needs for the most part.
     
  7. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Posts: 4,254

    How big of an area are you cutting? A hydro is a better mower, but if it's just for your home lawn, a belt driven one should do.
     
  8. lawnkid

    lawnkid LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 935

    In my opinion Scag is a better brand because I own one and I guess I have never really tryed one. Other landscapers in my area use mostly Scag,Bunton, and Walker. I would agree that the belt would be the best choice for a homeowner like yourself.
     
  9. BISHOP

    BISHOP LawnSite Member
    from OHIO
    Posts: 28

    Thanks for all the suggestions- for now I'm going to stick with a belt driven mower





    Bishop:alien:
     
  10. MLI

    MLI LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ma
    Posts: 464

    This is the best pick!
     

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