Why are most operators carrying belt drive WBs?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by delphied, Jun 24, 2008.

  1. delphied

    delphied LawnSite Silver Member
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    I seldom see Hydros. Mostly see belt drive Exmark Metros. Was wondering why?

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Posts: 5,225

    belt drives are much cheaper
  3. Green Finger

    Green Finger LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 839

    easy to come by. Less expensive. BUt once you go hydro it's hard to use a belt.

    Especially on hills:weightlifter:
  4. stroker51

    stroker51 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 819

    They are cheaper, but i have no idea why a solo guy would want to run one. I did for a few years when I first got started, but bought a hydro Toro 44" last year, and can't believe I waited so long. Much more efficient, easier to run, my list goes on and on.
  5. Green Finger

    Green Finger LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ditto you are not lying about that one. If you are solo, go hydro
  6. Icepuck72

    Icepuck72 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Me being new to the trade, I have a hydro and have never experienced a belt...what is the biggest difference with the belt drives?
  7. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 515

    Whys that? I'm not questioning weather thats wrong or right, but simply wondering the reason. I can imagine they're nice to have. I have a belt drive metro, but I don't usually even operate it. I have a 2 person crew that does the route. I was looking at the price difference, and just couldn't justify the $ difference since employees are not exactly the easiest on equipment. But then again, I've never used or owned one..
  8. CAG

    CAG LawnSite Senior Member
    from ct
    Posts: 344

    our wb gets used about 30 min a week at most!! its about a 15 year old scag and i always think of updating it but its just not worth it for us.. it has a sulky on it and pulls real good and never had a problem with the belts slipping..
  9. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 2,994

    Price difference.

    SNAPPER MAN LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,443

    I have a belt drive 32 and the reason I didnt go hydro is because Im not the one using it so I am not going to pay twice as much for the same productivity. If you get a guy used to running a belt he is just as productive.

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