Walk Behind

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by dylanfreake, Jun 12, 2009.

  1. dylanfreake

    dylanfreake LawnSite Member
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    I mow about 10 hours a week at work. My 10 year old Bunton is fading fast so I shall need a new mower before the end of summer.

    I`m thinking about getting a Skags since there is a dealer 5 miles from work. The Bunton that I have now is just a belt driven model ---no hydo.

    I`m thinking about getting the standard belt driven 52" Skags or should I consider a Hydro ????
     
  2. mysteryman

    mysteryman LawnSite Member
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    a hydro is a nice treat, but for 10-hours a week, a gear-drive is probably sufficient. I am looking at replacing a gear-drive unit with a hydro and really consider it a 'treat' doing so. But that is just my opinion, I'm sure there will be many rebuttals on here soon.
     
  3. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    dylan - when mystery refers to a WB as 'gear drive' - it also means belt drive.

    What do you mean you mow for 10 hours a week at work? Do you mow for someone else, for yourself, or what?
     
  4. dylanfreake

    dylanfreake LawnSite Member
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    I work at a synagogue, taking care of the grounds.

    I have used that belt-driven Bunton for 10 years and before that another Bunton for 14 years. Now the Bunton dealer is gone and like a guy told me , "Bunton was a good mower in it`s day."

    I have some good turf and also some rough places to cut and was told that a Skag could hold up for the rough cutting and also give a good cut in the turf areas.
     
  5. mowerdude777

    mowerdude777 LawnSite Silver Member
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    I personaly like exmark for wb's
     
  6. eastportstar

    eastportstar LawnSite Member
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    i use a scag belt drive and a bobcat belt drive. the scag is a BEAST, way heavier duty than the bobcat. i use the bobcat more because it's a 48, scag is 36. bobcat manuevers easier (probably lighter). i think i read somewhere the 36 scag weighs 550 lbs. i'd save a few bucks , get the belt drive scag if you have thick stuff to cut. that machine never bogs down.
     
  7. DRBLawnBuster

    DRBLawnBuster LawnSite Senior Member
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    are you riding a sulky? is it one big field or do you have multiple places you take this mower? If you are considering a sulky get a hydro, a belt would pull you but no were near as good as a ahydro on the rough terrain
     
  8. dylanfreake

    dylanfreake LawnSite Member
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    No sulky.

    I am 63 years old so I need the exercise. I`m surprised that I have been paid the last 24 years for all the exercising I have done.
     
  9. mowisme

    mowisme LawnSite Senior Member
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    My 'vintage' SW scag is a very solid machine. I love the thickness (except when pulling in reverse). I weight 210 and it pulls me easy on sulky..But front end at times pops up if going up a bank or sudden incline. I've cut that back alot by pulling up on handles with straight arms when going up..but that gets old. considering adding weight in front but then more stress on mower components so most likely leave alone. My sulky is single wheel..maybe 2-wheel be better but either way- you can't go wrong getting a scag if considering belt drive. Geno
     
  10. BlackDog3

    BlackDog3 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 155

    I personally dont like Scag. Since i am 6'1 i feel i am too tall to reach the slanted down controls. The best walkbehind i have used is the Ferris Hydro walk. All i can say smooth as glass!

    Chris
     

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