when do I go for the sulky?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Smitty58, May 5, 2003.

  1. Doc Pete

    Doc Pete LawnSite Gold Member
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    John,
    For me, if I "Was" off and on" the sulky, I'd walk my WB, which I do. And, if I stay on the Sulky, I use the sulky. No need for a rider, it's heavier and less maneuverable than my WB sulky. But, that's just me..........
     
  2. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
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    Pete
    Thats My Point, when You Need to walk Behind the mower "It the Pro" Just retracts Up into The Mower withOut Lifting It Up Manually, Then When You Are done Just get On The Pro and ride.

    It Is More suited For a Bigger, Heaver Hydro Walk.
    John
     
  3. Doc Pete

    Doc Pete LawnSite Gold Member
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    John,
    I appreciate you help. I had the proslide. The difference is the mowers. If I had to use a normal hydro, I'd stay with a proslide, but (as you know:p), with the Hustlers, it's just a different story. With backwards and spins my normal routine, the Bullrider just works better. FYI, I'd really be afraid to mow in reverse at 5 mph, which actually can't be done without the proslide stubbing it's backend... and sending on my butt:D
    Pete
     
  4. Smitty58

    Smitty58 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Switchless@aol.com, you said you had a proslide. What didn't you like about it. I was convinced to buy one until I read a little more (doggie doo ,riding over concrete ,backing up). Since I have not used a proslide or a sulky (1 wheel or 2 wheel) I'm really counting on the experts on this site to help me decide which one to buy. I don't want to buy the wrong one. I have a gear drive 36" w/b 12.5 kaw. What do you like about the Bullrider?
    Thanks for all your guys help.
     
  5. Doc Pete

    Doc Pete LawnSite Gold Member
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    Smitty,
    Please remember, I’m probably not like any of the other guys, not that it makes incorrect. However, in most posts I’ve usually got a different way of doing things.
    As far as the proslide, it just can’t do things a “castored” sulky can. Which is bad. However, most guys don’t mow backwards as I do. So, take your pick. I really had a problem with spinning wheels because the proslide, since it slides on the ground, many times can have a lot of drag. As far as jumping off or jumping on after it’s moving, that’s just way too dangerous and too much fussing for. It’s a nice thought but takes too much technique and attention to use. Also, it takes a lot of horsepower to make it go fast, at least it did for me, and I’m only 155 lb. Last, there are times when zero turning, it kinda stuck sideways in the ground if the ground was bumping or hilly. Didn’t like that at all. And, zero turning at all (true zero turning –pivoting) took big horsepower to do. All this you don’t notice until you use a castored velky. Just look at the obvious, the castored velky has big rolling wheels, the proslide just drags along the ground. You do the math………
    I doubt your machine will pull you at speed.
    Pete
     
  6. Gr grass n Hi tides

    Gr grass n Hi tides LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You should go out and demo a few different styles, get a feel for them, then decide which one best suits your needs.

    One more thing I like about mine is that it's roomy. I don't have to "slip" my feet into a couple of slots like some other styles. The "chariot" design makes it nice when I get on and off the sulky for whatever reason (e.g. backing out of a soft area, stopping to pick up trash, etc.).

    Like I said though, different strokes for different folks. Put a guy on any one of the many different styles long enough and he'll become proficient.
     
  7. Smitty58

    Smitty58 LawnSite Senior Member
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    switchless, thanks a bunch for your help. You really answered a lot of questions I had. The castoring velke you have, can you get that in 2 wheels and does that work good with a gear driven w/b?

    gr grass, I would love to demo some of these ,but I've yet to find someone in the Cincinnati to Dayton Ohio area that has them in stock to demo. By chariot design I'm assuming you have a wheeled sulky. What "brand" are you using and is it a castoring style like switchless was talking about.

    Thanks again for your help.
     
  8. Smitty58

    Smitty58 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Gr Grass, I went back and re read your replies. You already told me you had a castoring type and gave me a link to lesco ,and lo and behold they have 2 dealers in my area. Boy do I feel dumb ,I guess I should have paid more attention. Thanks again, I'm going to give these 2 Lesco dealers a call and see if I can demo one like yours.
     
  9. Doc Pete

    Doc Pete LawnSite Gold Member
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    The bullrider velky, IMO, is a best buy because it's build the strongest of any velky. Also, it won't allow the velky to "overturn" and flip if you hit a very large pothole. It has very wide mounting to the machine for stability. And, it's the only velky that allows you to choose "and switch" between fixed and castored mode in a matter of seconds.
    Pete
     
  10. Smitty58

    Smitty58 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Switchless, you did it again. Answered all my questions ,some before I even asked them. I'll be checking out the Bullrider on your recommendation. I believe the ability to change between castoring and fixed is the way to go.
     

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