Snapper Walk Behind

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by dwc, Feb 3, 2005.

  1. dwc

    dwc LawnSite Senior Member
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  2. PLM-1

    PLM-1 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I had a 48" Hydro Pro. It was a nice machine. Never had any real problem to speak of. I just recently sold mine to buy a replacement.
     
  3. lawncare3

    lawncare3 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I had the same one back when they were black. I recently sold it because I needed a smaller one for gates. I would have kept it. But mine was a double hydro not single.
     
  4. ChadA

    ChadA LawnSite Senior Member
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    With a 32" deck you shouldn't have to worry about scalping unless your planning on doing some off-roading with it.
     
  5. Mower Man

    Mower Man LawnSite Member
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    It's a Ferris/Simplicity/Snapper. Just different skins
    Briggs & Stratton now owns them all.

    A cross beteween a consumer & light duty commercial unit.
    Nice for those small tight places, cuts well, but with a single hydro, you still have to help with a 'muscle steering.'
     
  6. plateau lawn care

    plateau lawn care LawnSite Member
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    Looks like a good price but I would probly only use it for yards with gates not full time though.
     
  7. dwc

    dwc LawnSite Senior Member
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    This would be only for those small gated yards to get in the back. Can some one tell me what the difference is in the single hydro compared to dual hydros? Is it the one that has brakes to stop each tire instead of each wheel controled seperately?

    As far as scalping, on bermuda, if you dip down even 1/2" you are gonna leave a big ugly gouge that will take a couple weeks to grow back and look right. I am talking about like a hole in the ground that you don't see or an uneven spot in the yard.
     
  8. T.E.

    T.E. LawnSite Senior Member
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    I've had my snapper hydro 36" cut for going on five years, and it has been a great machine for me. I've not noticed that it is any worse for scalping than anything else I have. The only thing that my mower doesn't have that it needs is electric start. If it gets down in the 40's it is pretty hard to get it started. The way I fixed this problem is I went to a synthetic oil and that helped a whole lot. Just something to consider. Tony
     
  9. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    This unit may be like the Ferris which has only one pump for the transmission. This means you don't have control and pump for each wheel. The result of this is that you have to muscle the unit on grades to keep it straight. On two pump you drive one wheel a little faster. This unit is also harder to turn, again you have to provide a little force. However, I think the unit is better than a belt drive. It is good on reverse and flat yards.
     
  10. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
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    I don't know much about Bermuda, but if you have a hole in the yard or uneven spot, you're going to scalp with just about any mower.

    As far as how the single hydro works, I would strongly suggest demoing one for sure. I don't think it's as bad as some people make it out to be as far as having to "muscle it". I demoed the Simplicity version and it was quite nice. No real muscling needed, and definitely better then a belt drive.
    Now I will say that I didn't get to use it on any slopes during the demo. Not a major issue for me, but I will probably go back and demo it again on some slopes before I shell out the money for one next season.
     

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