What is the advantage of a WB

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MOJO111, Jul 8, 2004.

  1. MOJO111

    MOJO111 LawnSite Member
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    Down here no one seams to have the nead for one.If
    If you have the need for a 36' or 48' why not use a
    ztr 36'or 48' faster more manuvrable . whats the advatage.
    just asking :confused: :help:
     
  2. txlawnking

    txlawnking LawnSite Bronze Member
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    In my oppinion, there is no advantage, if you can afford the Ztr.. Lots will disagree, but I can't see any real advantage other than cost. A hydro WB is nice, But if you can afford that, you can afford a stand up ztr.. Just my nickel, mate.. Btw how do you like the kAWI 37 TRIMMER?
     
  3. MOJO111

    MOJO111 LawnSite Member
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    Thanks mate:) nothing is left standing with the kwaka ,it takes
    out small trees with the steel blade
     
  4. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
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    there is no advantage if you mow flat, even accounts,however if you mow anything with a good slope, lots of roots, rocks, etc. then a WB will be faster than a Z, each has their place.
     
  5. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Z's are heavy and less maneuverable making it a tough machine for smaller lawns. I'm not saying that they're bad, I'm just saying that W/B's in the right situation are a better choice. Price is about $2,000 difference between a hydro 48" W/B and a quality, high HP 48" Z, pretty substantial.
     
  6. MOJO111

    MOJO111 LawnSite Member
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    Thanks guys just wanted to know .
    Every one here use's the ztr or ride on tractor's and 21' or 22'
    self propelled's.
    I use my ariens on hills upto 40.deg. ( i know i should't but it can do it) Stright up and down. Nice and sloooow coming down thou .its dam good gear allround.
     
  7. J.Gordon

    J.Gordon LawnSite Senior Member
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    Weight, able to get under trees, better on slopes, better on you back when mowing rough ground, price, if a rock or limb is in your way you can walk around and pick it up before you would be off your rider. On some places a good walk-behind will be faster than a rider. They both have their place in this industry so keep an open mind.
    Jeff
     
  8. khutch

    khutch LawnSite Senior Member
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    I picked up three easy high $$$ accounts this year where big fat guys rode over and rutted little lawns w/their Z's. On each account I asked the homeowner "Are you happy with THAT?" and the account was mine.
    Sure they were done in 4 min. and it takes me 7, but the lawns looked like crap all rutted...Sometimes it pays to get off your arse....
     
  9. fga

    fga LawnSite Silver Member
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    wouldn't you be consuming more gas being that you're carrying a guy on average 160lbs.? I know some wd users have sulky's, but not all. I actually walk behind my walk behind.
     
  10. MOJO111

    MOJO111 LawnSite Member
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    Never had problems with ruts ,the ground here is a sandy lome so it drains well, and I allways do
    an expert cut, if the ground is to soft I ask them if they can wait a day or so to let it dry thats if they want a good job done:D
     

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