walk behind Vs. walk behind

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by SSLCLLC, Dec 10, 2013.

  1. SSLCLLC

    SSLCLLC LawnSite Member
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    I mowed some yards this year with a scag 36" belt drive mower and hated it. The thing was exhausting. My question is how much better would a hydro walk behind be (say like a exmark Viking ect) vs this scag that made me feel like an old man. Is it worth the extra money? Is it night and day difference? Will I develop Popeye arms with a hydro?

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  2. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    Lets say this...I used a single hydro Better Outdoor Products mower for a few years starting up (which handles easier than your belt drive), and thought it was ok at the time. Then I traded up to an Exmark Turf Tracer dual hydro and it is a BIG difference effort wise. You will need little to no arm effort to use a dual hydro. The hardest thing is avoiding low hanging branches:)

    If you can, I would even step up from the Viking to the Turf Tracer, deck is much easier to adjust on the fly (30 seconds).
     
  3. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
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    If you ever want to back your mower up EASILY...then hydro is the way to go.
     
  4. MRCo.

    MRCo. LawnSite Member
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    Hydro makes a huge difference...so much smoother and more responsive and sensitive to level of engagement...belt drive tends to be grabby and more all or nothing. The new Scag hydro is an awesome looking machine for only $4999. I checked one out yesterday and it's a sweet rig.
     
  5. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care LawnSite Silver Member
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    Hydro is a lot better than a belt driven mower. I've used belt drive mowers in the past and hated them. They are a lot easier to use and maneuver.
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  6. Armsden&Son

    Armsden&Son LawnSite Silver Member
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    When I first started in the biz I worked for a really good friend of mine. He had a Walker and a Scag 36 Belt.... I asked him if the Scag was difficult to operate and he said " It's like Walking two pissed off rottweilers, one in each hand!" I always thought that was funny.... Now, that being said, I currently run a Walker and a 48 Scag belt... Sure, I would love to have a Turf Tracer with the ECS or a Hydro Scag. However, running a belt walk behind is like anything else, you get used to it.... Yes, it is difficult at first to reverse it and to Y turn it but once you get the hang of it and build up your muscles to do it everyday, it's nothing.... I have to be honest when I say that I think some guys act a tad bit sensitive when it comes to talking about operating belt drives... Just man up and get that #$%@ done.....
     
  7. Dr. Cornwallis

    Dr. Cornwallis LawnSite Senior Member
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    I would go hydro, my my first walk behind was a belt drive and it sucked, I would never go back to a belt drive. I can do 10 yards on my ZTR and be WAY less tired than doing 3 with that belt drive. You have to fight it to get it to do anything, reverse sucks and turning is way slower than with a hydro.
     
  8. inzane

    inzane LawnSite Silver Member
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    I haven't used anything but belt drives this year so i'm used to them now, i used a bop single hydro when i first was in business 10 years ago and i find that the belt drives are easier to use than the single hydro. never been on a dual hydro, sounds like a better choice to me.. while i can't say it is hard to operate my belt driven mowers going forward, no reverse certainly does suck now and then. Cutting through taller damp grass in the morning is near impossible without slipping. I know if my exmark metro gets rained on its gonna be slightly harder to get it back on the trailer.
     
  9. KeystoneLawn&Landscaping

    KeystoneLawn&Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have a Ferris single hydro, way easier than a belt drive...very maneuverable. I also have a Exmark Viking.....you can dance with that mower!
     
  10. SSLCLLC

    SSLCLLC LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for the replies. What controls (what company) do you all think is the best and easiest to use right now. I know I will have to demo to know for sure.
     

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