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Turf Tracer vs. Hustler super w/b

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by stevesmowing, Oct 15, 2004.

  1. stevesmowing

    stevesmowing LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 847

    Looking at possibly buying one of these machines for next year. Trying to figure out which one.

    -H Bar Steering
    -8mph top speed
    -.25" height adjustments
    -54" deck
    -25hp Kawasaki
    -20" Drive Tires
    -4.75" of deck overhang for trimming

    Turf Tracer
    -ECS Steering
    -6.75mph top speed
    -.5" height adjustments
    -60" deck
    -22hp Kohler or 23hp Kawasaki
    -18" Drive tires
    - 10" of deck overhang for trimming

    Any thoughts on which mower? My preference would be to buy used but if I can't find anything I might have to buy new.
  2. J.Gordon

    J.Gordon LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 675

    When set up right they are both great units, and have a great cut. I am very pleased with my SWB; the H-bar is the most comfortable controls I have ever used on a walk-behind. I wouldn’t want any less hp on a 54’’ deck for what I have been cutting. If I could have got a 27 or 30 hp I would have. All things being equal I would buy the H-Bar every time. good luck finding a SWB used though.
  3. CharlieBingo

    CharlieBingo LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 400

    Hustler doesn't offer a 60in walkbehind and if you run all 60's you really can't change all your stripes for a 54in. It's a shame Hustler won't make a 60, because I think it's a great walkbehind. I know I'm not alone on this,a lot of LCO's in my area run 60 WB's.
  4. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Posts: 3,010

    I understand that more power is better but doesn't that seem like alot of engine for a 54" deck?

    it seems to me there should be a balance between the need for power and agility/manuverability.

    for example, on most every property I have, I need to raise the deck to get through/over something.

    with a big motor like a 23 or 25, that is gonna be tough.

    have you considered the 19 KAW? I hear it is a really kickass motor on the 48/54" decks.

  5. Mark McC

    Mark McC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,565

    Geo, I'm kinda with you on the horsepower question. Scag is one company that features a 19 horse engine on its entry-level ZTR (the Tiger Cub), and it's not alone.

    Henry Ford did have one idea right with his company. Any part of the car that outlasted everything else by a good stretch was an over-investment. It doesn't make sense to pay for an engine that'll last three times longer than the hydro drives and twice as long as the deck. Add the fact that the higher torque values might just overload the drives...makes you wonder if it's such a great idea.

    My little eXmark metro is only 36", but I have to tell you guys that the Kawasaki 12.5 is more than enough engine. What good does 27 ponies do you on a walk-behind?
  6. ealbertson

    ealbertson LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 256

    I just bought a 60" TT with the 23 hp Kohler engine on it. I already have a 48" TT a 72" and 60" riders. I am nothing but amazed at how much time the 60" TT with a velke saves over the 60" rider. This is on lawns that we have been mowing anywhere from four years to a full season. I have read where 12 inches on a deck (In this case it was between the 60" and 72" riders.) doesn't make much more than one or two passes less on mostly just larger lawns, but after having worked with both sizes I totally disagree on that. The 72 is far more productive. So much so that if at all possible I will be trading the 60 in for a 72 this year. I rambled on about that simply to emphasize the value of the larger deck. I would go with the biggest engine you can regardless which unit you choose. The extra overhang is very valuable as well - something I also learned using the 60 and 72" riders. This is all I know. I have no experience with the Hustler. It may be better than the TT for all I know, but you will have to be a lot bigger than me before you are going to pry the 60" TT out of my hands. I hope this helps.
  7. Travis Followell

    Travis Followell LawnSite Silver Member
    from KY
    Posts: 2,207

    From my experience the more power you have the better. If I were you i would get the hustler and not think twice because of the bigger engine and also the steering. From what i've heard the H bar steering is the easiest and most comfortable to operate.
  8. J.Gordon

    J.Gordon LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 675

    Geo I will answer these questions as to what I have found out when operating my Hustler. (It may not be the same for other brands)

    “I understand that more power is better but doesn't that seem like a lot of engine for a 54" deck?”

    I use doubles a lot of the time, and I have bogged it down a few times in the heavy spring growth, also when mulching leaves in the fall. And when you add hills to the equation it makes more sence.
    I also do a lot of experimenting with BTS and blade design with this unit and I would rather have too much power than not enough. In my experience the smaller engine will consume more fuel when over loaded than the lager one that is not over loaded. Not to mention will out last an underpowered engine.

    “it seems to me there should be a balance between the need for power and agility/manuverability.”

    The only problems I have experienced with maneuverability are the length and width of my machine. The extra horsepower and minimal weight difference has not hurt the maneuverability in any way.

    “for example, on most every property I have, I need to raise the deck to get through/over something.
    with a big motor like a 23 or 25, that is gonna be tough."

    It’s very easy to raise the deck on the SWB with the 25 Hp engine. Because of the H-bar and with the extra power the 25 has to offer. (The H-bar is the key.) I bet I could raise the deck and ride a wheelie with an extra 100#’s on the deck. All you have to do is move rotate your wrist forward and press down on the handlebars, you can even make turns with the front wheels off the ground.

    geogunn likes this.
  9. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Posts: 10,812

    The 60" TT With the 23 HP is underpowered in my area. On the 52 its Nice. Try and take out the controls on the SWB it acts like a rider, you can go from 0 to top speed and the OPC'S dont hurt your Hans. The extra HP comes in handy too. Running doubles or just going faster in tall thicker grass.

  10. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Posts: 3,010

    and you did sir. point for you and thanks!

    I have been getting interested in the hustler brand based on this and other reports.

    obviously, I need to see them in action. thanks again.

    GEO :)

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