Walk Behind or Stand Behind??

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by CLS_Birmingham, Nov 20, 2012.

  1. CLS_Birmingham

    CLS_Birmingham LawnSite Member
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    So leaf season has been very generous to me this year. Thanks to a few cleanups, we now have several new clients. So now I've got to start planning for next year on what new mower I'm gonna buy.

    I already own a John Deere Z-Trak, but due to the hills on some of these yards, the Z-Trak isn't gonna work. I need something that can handle inclines extremely well without leaving lines where the deck has dug into the turf.

    So whats everyone's suggestion on what to buy??
     
  2. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    Ive got a BOP 36" single hydro Id be willing to sell, awesome machine on hills. Like new condition, still has the paint marks on the tires.
     
  3. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
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    If I can't put a stander on it, I won't take the account. I only had one last season I had to turn away, for that reason, but it was on the side of a mountain even the 21" was a ***** to use it was so steep, I gave it one cut then gave a price for pushing the entire yard, of course he said no way! He's going to regret buying that house LOL!
     
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  4. newguy123

    newguy123 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Well without knowing the pitch of the properties you service, I would suggest a walk behind. If you ever get in a place where you're concerned the deck will scrape you can easily push down like on a push mower style mower and you won't scrape. But, the walk behind will less likely cause ruts, etc.
     
  5. CLS_Birmingham

    CLS_Birmingham LawnSite Member
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    Thanks guys. Some of the properties are anywhere from 20 to 45 degree slopes. Some may be steeper. I have a feeling a walk behind its probably going to be my best bet. Thanks for the input
     
  6. smokenjoe_10

    smokenjoe_10 LawnSite Member
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    AMEN, I gained 2 accounts this year one being a church because I was able to mow the hill with my toro grandstand and everyone else had to push mow it, the other person said he would give me a extra 5 dollars a mow if I could do it.
     
  7. CLS_Birmingham

    CLS_Birmingham LawnSite Member
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    Ok so for the guys with standers. Why did you go with a stander over a walk behind???
     
  8. smokenjoe_10

    smokenjoe_10 LawnSite Member
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    I got the toro grandstand because you can do both, and I have always thought toro cut better then most mowers. I spend 8,000 for mower OCD chute, atomic blades, bagger.
     
  9. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
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    Actually the GS is pretty useless in stander mode, we never use ours as standers.
     
  10. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
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    Several reasons actually.

    1- versatility
    2- why walk when you can ride?
    3- trailer space one walk behind or two standers?
    4- great cut
    5- Just like the stander style of mower, only thing better would be a walker and we will be getting one of those in the near future.
     

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