What is the purpose of walk behind mowers ?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by goat hearder, Mar 31, 2004.

  1. goat hearder

    goat hearder LawnSite Member
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    i cant think of a reason that someone would use a walk behind rather than a riding mower . why the *&^% would you want to stand up all day ?
  2. LLandscaping

    LLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Walkbehinds hold steep hill, that a ZTR could not even attempt. They are better for small yards and gated yards. They also cost less, and are easier and cheaper to fix if there is a problem.

    Lovell's Lawn Care
  3. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    Ditches as well. Not to mention a cost feasibility issue, there.
  4. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
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    I've got plenty of lawns that a rider mower wouldn't fit on, inside gates and around yard obstacles. I've never had a rider and I do fine with my wbs. Besides, it's better exercise than sitting on your butt all day.
  5. 44toy

    44toy LawnSite Member
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    maybe you dont do yards that reguire one. If you are starting and want to get going without a 2nd morgage then this may be the ticket. Got about 8 years being dragged around behind one on yards that a ztr would not easily work on.
  6. DennisF

    DennisF LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
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    Nothing holds a hill better than my Scag 48.
  7. rob1325

    rob1325 LawnSite Senior Member
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    To get excercise!:eek:
  8. Rook00

    Rook00 LawnSite Member
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    I have a snapper 52" w/b w/ 23hp Kohler. . . the thing is great. I've got a sulky and fly on the thing!

    Walk-behinds are much easier to manuever. If there is something hidden on the ground in front and I don't see it till the last second, I just put weight on the handles and lift the deck up. The ditches are easy, and I mow real steep. Saves a ton of time.

    They also make sulky's that you can sit on!
  9. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
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    I mow some cemetarys and I think standing allows me to cut closer and see better than sitting would allow
  10. MudslinginFX4

    MudslinginFX4 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,170

    Exactly what Adam said. You've always gotta have a wb.

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