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The best 36" hydro WB?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ShortCuts, Jan 29, 2001.

  1. ShortCuts

    ShortCuts LawnSite Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 38

    We are pricing 36" hydro mulching WB's. We want a nice little 36" hydro to fit in all those tight backyards and around the fenced in pools on some of our accounts. We just priced out a 2001 36" toro hydro w/mulching kit.....they want $4300! TO me thats a lot of cash for a little 36 incher. What do you guys recomend? What company makes the best machine for my buck?
     
  2. Grassman

    Grassman LawnSite Member
    Posts: 203

    Unless your really set on the hydro, I'd consider a belt drive for a unit this small. A 36" is light and easy to handle and a belt drive is substantially cheaper. Save your money for the larger primary mowers. Russ
     
  3. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    I wouldn't disagree, save the $$ for bigger mower in hydro, look at the 36" Exmark. I have one, and its awesome. Never had one problem with it. But if you still want a hydro, they also carry it.
     
  4. Mike Felices

    Mike Felices Banned
    from Georgia
    Posts: 91

    ShortCuts,
    I have a 1999 Toro Hydro WB with a 36" deck for sale for $3,200 obo. Let me know if you want the spec's, and pic's. Send me an e-mail.

    Mike
     
  5. TJLC

    TJLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,308

    I bought my 36" Exmark hydro used from my Exmark dealer. Low hour exec. shape for $2300.00 I just had him keep a lookout for me and low and behold someone traded one in on a Lazer. He called and said come on in and check it out. I traded in an old belt drive model and ended up paying $1800.00 for the 36" hydro. No more belt drives for me. No comparision between the two!
     
  6. Mark

    Mark LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 723

    New Scag 36" 14hp Kaw Blet-Drive 2495, same unit only Hydro 3995 New Encore 36 2595 5-speed trany with reverse. New Snapper Pro Express 36" 12.5hp Kaw 7gauge steel deck dual idlers for positive reverse, 5 speed trany/reverse 2850. All machines are priced ok, and with the new you do get that warranty. If its just for use on those small gates i would prob get the cheaper belts but if i was to cut much at all go hydro, ive got two both hydro ,i have several hilly propertys, and the Hydro's are the only way to go. But i put alot of hrs on them.
     
  7. jay

    jay LawnSite Member
    Posts: 133

    In my area I found a exmark hp for 3000, I still think thats too much though I found a metro for 2100. I never used either of them. Has anyone in here used these, is it really worth the extra 1000 for a floating deck? Whats the difference between the two?
     
  8. lsylvain

    lsylvain LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 777

    I have a derby 36" hydro paid $2900 friend price I thing they run about $3300 usually.
     
  9. leeslawncare

    leeslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 649

    I've got a belt driven J.D. 36 an i love it .got about 300 hrs on it an no complaints here
     
  10. Superior Lawn Care

    Superior Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Posts: 55

    Ive got a 2000 36" Bob-Cat belt drive that i paid $2,400 for last year brand new. No problems with it yet. And if you are not going to use it much I would go with the belt drive and save yourself some $$$$. But thats just my 2 cents worth.
     

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