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Who just runs hydro walk behinds as their main mowers?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by Holland, Oct 6, 2013.

  1. Realslowww

    Realslowww LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,527

    Your saying your Great Dane Surfer sticks amazing? I had a GDS 52 and it was no match for my 72 ZTR. The Outlaw is tall. I have a 61 Great Dane surfer deck that is new if you might ever need one.
  2. SRT8

    SRT8 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CA
    Posts: 1,267

    We use walkbehinds about 75% of the time, Turf tracers and Scag walkbehinds. Years back when bagging was a must we ran 36" Scags with bags. Now mulching has been accepted we run 48" mowers with mulch kits.
  3. Holland

    Holland LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 735

    Yeah in big properties I realize ztr is the way to go. What's the weight difference in say a 48 hydro wb and a 48 ztr?
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  4. lawnsaspire

    lawnsaspire LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,511

    What kind of fuel economy does the turf tracer get?
  5. smitty's lawncare

    smitty's lawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 165

    i run a scag 52" hydro with velky and scag 36" belt....wb mowers are best for me because i mow mostly higher-end medium sized residental yards. they leave a beautiful stripe, truly manicuring a lawn. however, next year i am looking to step into the commercial market, so i will probably purchase a ztr of some kind...i've got no clue what kind yet.
  6. lawnsaspire

    lawnsaspire LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,511

    Do you guys use your walk behinds for leaf cleanups?
  7. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Knoxville, Tn
    Posts: 2,722

    17 hp kawi uses approx 1 gal per hour. 23 hp kawi is about 1.2-1.2 gph.
  8. Realslowww

    Realslowww LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,527

    In smaller ZTR's I like light weight units. I love WB and standers of the lighter variety on nice properties. Where I am a big ZTR messes the properties up.

    At least 300 pounds or so for a heavy 48 ZTR. I love 72 ZTR's and the smaller ones I can live with them or without them and just use WB for normal properties.
  9. Realslowww

    Realslowww LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,527

    I love a 72 ZTR for leaf mulching, by far the fastest cleanup mower I have ever used. when you start running the stuff over multiple times a 72 makes it alot faster and the big blades seem to pulverize it quicker than a smaller deck.
  10. BestImpressions99

    BestImpressions99 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 491

    I have to admit when I traded the rider we had for the TTHP 48 my productivity went up. I think it might have been more a design flaw with the carburation system with the Toro ZTR as well as even with a suspension seat my back and neck absorbed more of the blows than my legs did. Glad I did.

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