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WB versus ZERO?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by CROCODILE, Oct 30, 2006.


    CROCODILE LawnSite Member
    Posts: 29

    Can someone tell me the advantages to getting a walk behind as opposed to a zero. I am looking to buy a cub cadet z wing 48", in the spring.


  2. Budget

    Budget LawnSite Senior Member
    from Pa.
    Posts: 368

    Walk behind is good for tight areas and hills, i do have a zero but will buy a walk behind this winter.
    If you don't have the work for a zero (wide open areas some small hills) save your money and get a decent walk behind, trimmer, and blower.

    I got a good deal on my zero so i snatched it up, but could of gotten away with a walk behind on most of my propertys.

    Good luck.
  3. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Posts: 10,812

    walks dont rut like riders
  4. Mow"N"Bud

    Mow"N"Bud LawnSite Member
    Posts: 138

    After all my years of experiance, if I had to start over tomorrow. I would start over with a Quick 36 Samauri, and good quality 2 cycle trimmer, edger, blower and hedge trimmer in a small pick up truck with a loading ramp, and not even use a trailer. I have seen a few set ups like I have described here. It's not a hugh investment, and although I don't own a Quick, I am planning on adding one to the stable. As a coincidence I bought a used S-10 today, and plan on letting 2 of my guys cutting all the small residential lawns next season. I have ran the numbers and it is a win win situation for me. Maybe it will be for you. I have some big walk behinds that we use on1/2 - 1 full acre and the ZTR's get used on everything 1 acre and up. Good luck
  5. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,210

    In most cases...not all...

    (1) Costs less to purchase
    (2) Costs less to maintain
    (3) Costs less to repair
    (4) Holds a hill better
    (5) Easier to perform the maintenance on
    (6) Requires less space on the trailer
  6. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,988

    It's also easier to duck under tree branches, move around obstacles with the WB.

    I'll agree with John about the rutting issue - I don't know about some of the lighter ZTRs, but here in town I see one LCO cutting tiny properties with a 61" Ferris/Cat Diesel. Those things are heavy as hell, and you can plainly see the ruts every time they mow, especially if the ground is wet/soft from rain.
  7. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Posts: 10,812

    Also ---- when you need to turn alot thats where you lose on the rider, you will turf tare with the rider if you turn to fast.

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