Looking to change equipment

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by The LawnRanger, Sep 27, 2010.

  1. The LawnRanger

    The LawnRanger LawnSite Member
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    Have looked at several machines leaning towards going to all standers or going to walk behinds never used a walk behind with sulky not sure how the ankles will like that standers only one Im familiar with is the wright. Exmark Vantage looks like a nice machine wanting the best cut and stripe I can get Any Ideas or Opinions would be helpful.
     
  2. Lugnut

    Lugnut LawnSite Senior Member
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    I would personally prefer to have standers than walkbehinds with sulkys, they're more comfortable to operate and much more manuverable in tight areas. If you go with hydro walkbehinds your not saving that much money by the time you get the mower and the sulky...gear drive wbs would be a different story price wise though
     
  3. Lugnut

    Lugnut LawnSite Senior Member
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    I should say would prefer, I don't use either myself, although I have demo'd standers and used walkbehinds with velkes while working for a landscaper in college
     
  4. The LawnRanger

    The LawnRanger LawnSite Member
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    I demoed a Wright Stander and put it through some wicked conditions I tried every hill I could find up down sideways and I could not get it to tip wish they had a roller type stripe kit for it
     
  5. SNAPPER MAN

    SNAPPER MAN LawnSite Silver Member
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    The plus to a stander is the compact size and thats about it in my opinion. The good thing about a hydro walkbehind and a sulky is that if it is wet out and the yards are soft you can take off the sulky and walk in order to save weight. I have a stander now and plan on selling it in a year or so to buy a hydro walk behind and sulky. Just my opinion.
     
  6. The LawnRanger

    The LawnRanger LawnSite Member
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    Good Point hate to rut a customers lawn would not be good I have several customers in a neighborhood these homes are million plus that would bite
     
  7. The LawnRanger

    The LawnRanger LawnSite Member
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    I've heard some people say the sulkys are hard on the ankles personally I don't know Theres a company that makes what they call a pro slider that stripes the lawn and you ride on it they say its more forgiving on the ankles
     
  8. ShooterK2

    ShooterK2 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I think you're talking about the Proslide.

    http://www.novaecorp.com/proslide.html

    I love my walk-behinds. Just traded my 48" ZTR in on a new Bob-Cat walk-behind. I want my lawns to look good, and the lighter the machine, the better. I'll even use a 21" when the time is right. But a good walk-behind is hard to beat, in my opinion. Throw a sulky on for anything but tiny properties, and get to work.
     
  9. wahlturfcare

    wahlturfcare LawnSite Senior Member
    from iowa
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    i run mainly 52'' and 61'' walkbehinds and a couple 72'' walkbehinds and use proslides behind them and love them more than a rider.
    With the proslide, it will help my 72'' stripe alot better and is great on rough yards as you dont feel every hole as compared to a wheeled sulky.
     
  10. MOHUSTLER

    MOHUSTLER LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Standers are much better on the body then walk behinds. And the wrights are the best on hill sides. Scag makes a good one as well.
     

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