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single hydro walk behind

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by hawkeye, Apr 18, 2008.

  1. hawkeye

    hawkeye LawnSite Member
    Posts: 94

    Is Better Outdoor Products the only company to use a single hydro on a walk behind? Advantages or disadvantages
  2. Frue

    Frue LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,472

    Ferris uses one. Advantages its cheap mower disavantages you muscle the machines alot.
  3. hawkeye

    hawkeye LawnSite Member
    Posts: 94

    does the single hydro do true 180's?
  4. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,200

    It will do anything you are capable of doing.....you are the one providing the torque to turn it.
  5. Scagguy

    Scagguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,522

    I helped a friend off mine finish up his route one day after his helper bailed because his wife was going into labor. I used his Ferris 32 and found that it's a good mower on yards without a lot of slope. Steep inclines are another matter. I prefer my TTHP for those.
  6. stbentoak

    stbentoak LawnSite Member
    Posts: 38

    I have just started using my quick 32 and I can tell you some good things and some bad things.

    Good things....

    Runs great (KAI 16 HP)
    Built like a tank
    Cuts great
    Can't stop or bog it....
    People want to know "What the heck is that thing and where did you get it?
    Knocks the heck out of the mow time I spent with a 21" mower... one of the main reasons I bought it (and still fits thru the gates I need it to..)
    You know it ain't gonna let you down like the last POS I had (Honda Hydro21)

    Bad things (SO far observed)

    If you are not ready to handle this thing, it will kick your a$$
    Plan on having a sore back after the 1st few times using it till you get the technique down.
    Hand grips slip off in about 20 min... You'd think they would have fixed this by now....
    On side slopes see observation #1 above....
    You better have the thumb of a WWF wrestler to use the reverse and get it to move faster than a snails pace in reverse.
    Better watch your grip on the the go trigger when you turn a corner or you will run it up a tree.
    You pretty much have to muscle it to get it where you want it to go directionally..

    But all in all it is a great machine so far and with proper care it should last forever to do what I want with it....Over all I am happy with it and soon I will be in the best shape of my life ! :laugh:
  7. lifetree

    lifetree LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,370

    I have a Quick 36" and it's a good machine !!
  8. lifetree

    lifetree LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,370

    -- Yes, you can bog it down ... thick wet grass about 2 feet high
    -- My hand grips came off at 20 hours.
    -- Your thumb will get use to it after a while and then you don't notice it.
    -- You do have to muscle it a little, however, don't you need some exercise ??

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