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Is a sulky bad for a gear driven WB?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by SoloSulkySurfer, Apr 16, 2007.

  1. SoloSulkySurfer

    SoloSulkySurfer LawnSite Member
    Posts: 224

    I recently bought a sulky and installed it on my 48" bobcat WB. I know that when I first bought this mower the previous owner which happened to be overweight wore out the transmission, possibly from him riding on a sulky. Will the sulky cause large amounts of wear and tear? Does anyone have a sulky made by rack'em? If so do you like it? I also never used a sulky before is their anything I should watch out for?

    Thanks and by the way great website.
  2. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
    Posts: 3,065

    I've ran a 2 wheeled sulky for a couple of years on my 36" belt drive....still is like brand new. I would say if you run a Pro Slide (none-wheeled) then you might run into problems down the road. I would recommend running a sulky with wheels. A new tranny only costs around 200 bucks....the time you will save in the few years will probably tripple that.

    GSPHUNTER LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 310

    Yeah, if it's not on caster wheels, it is just like driving a trailer behind a truck. It will swing out when you turn, so watch out for fences and other obstacles.
  4. Mowman16

    Mowman16 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 282

    It's like plowing snow, it will wear your truck out faster but you will make more $$$$.
  5. CRF500

    CRF500 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 152

    If your light it is not a big deal but I am 300 pounds and have wore out many but considering you can mow alot faster it is worth it.

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