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Sit or Stand Revisted.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Fareway Lawncare, Feb 2, 2005.

  1. Fareway Lawncare

    Fareway Lawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    from Canada
    Posts: 2,222

    As many of you know, a few years ago, one of LS most cherished members, an unselfish and giving man, Eric Erickson AKA Eric Elm, passed away from a stroke. He is sadly missed to this day. As many also know, Eric spent most of his days riding around on his Dixie Choppers and perhaps did not get the excercise needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

    Regardless, for those of you who spend all their time perched on a ZTR.....Are you Overweight, Out of Shape, generally in poor physical condition?
     
  2. LLandscaping

    LLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,016

    We use ZTRs, Toro 21s and a 37 Toro walkbehind. We are in good condition not overweight and we workout regularly to stay in good shape.
     
  3. procut

    procut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,853

    No, I am not, and mow only with ZTRs.
     
  4. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    Calvin, I don't see how running a WB vs. a Z will make much difference in whether someone is overweight or out of shape...btw, all I personally ever operate are WB's (my disliking of Z's here on LS is well documented) and I can tell ya right at this moment I am 20 pounds too heavy and probably out of shape as well.

    But for once in a great while, I see your point.
     
  5. Mo Green

    Mo Green LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,487

    If you "walk" behind a walk behind, I think the exercise can be very benificial. But if you are using a velke or sulke, that's no different than riding a ZTR. Uaually, if a person is overweight, its because the amount of calories consumed is greater that the amount used.
     
  6. MTR

    MTR LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 1,280

    I don't think standing on sulky will eliminate fat to say, but I hear your point. I for sure love sulky/52" hydro WB and a 52 Stander as primary. The Z is great but, but, it beats my back from bouncing. People think standing will hurt knees and thing, if they put Dr. schols ' insole gel pads or Nike 's sports pads in their boots it is totally different world of standing. Sitting on truck and driving is enough, I can't take a Z as primary (eight hours straight) my back will be shot. My 2 cents
     
  7. Stinger

    Stinger LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 252

    We run Z riders, stand on units and w/b's because each mower has it's own niche. But our guys trade off mowing, edging and blowing throughout the day. This way you don't get stuck constantly doing the same thing.
     
  8. DennisF

    DennisF LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 1,381

    If you can't afford to buy a ZTR...just say so. No one will hold it against you.
     
  9. brucec32

    brucec32 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,403

    Even using ztr's exclusively, I am on my feet moving fast (loading, trimming, blowing, etc) for about 2 hours a day. That might mean walking 5-6 miles or so each day(also carrying a heavy tool!) . Then add in the other non mowing work and I wouldn't think ztr's were the problem. Certainly more excercise than the typical person gets. But it does use much less energy than walking behind a mower.
     
  10. brucec32

    brucec32 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,403

    Actually just supporting your weight and using muscles to maintain balance will use surprisingly more energy than sitting over a long day. But it's still much less than walking and the calories in/used equation is always what matters in the end.
     

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