walkbehind controls

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lawnangel1, Oct 4, 2006.

  1. lawnangel1

    lawnangel1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from KY
    Posts: 601

    I was just wondering if you guys have heard or thought if companies like deere or scag will ever get away from the pistol grip controls. I love the exmark ecs controls, they are so comfortable and easy to operate. To be honest that is what sold me on the exmark over the scag. So just wondering if the ecs or t bar or even hustlers system be the new trend in walk behinds??? Or are pistol grips a stay for some companies?
  2. dfor

    dfor LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 821

    I don't think pistol grips will fully disappear, some people like them. Some day I will try the ECS. I like being able to push down on the grips to go over something.
    Question about the ECS. Do you always have to have both hands on the controls??
  3. syzer

    syzer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,266

    I think that eventually they may, but not entirely. Compared to the super walk behind of the exmark ECS, pistols have nothing but painful fingers, and numb fingers =).
  4. lawnangel1

    lawnangel1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from KY
    Posts: 601

    yes you can take your hands off as long as your on a straight a way but i wouldnt recommend it for more than a few seconds. You would also be surprised how easy you can push down on the controls and lift your deck over curbs etc.
  5. Godfather

    Godfather LawnSite Member
    Posts: 186

    the safteys are connected so you can take one hand off, but i do sometimes have trouble popping the deck up. it seems i pull back and don;t push down as much
  6. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Posts: 10,812

    if you keep the speed control leaver at the speed you need, yes you can. i don't think you are going to do it for long with bumps and berms.

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