Wright mowers parking brake- simple and functional

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by tb8100, Dec 27, 2007.

  1. tb8100

    tb8100 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from TX
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    We're looking at carrying the Wright mowers, and one of the things that stood out to me (other than their radical and innovative designs) is their parking brake system- a simple metal bar that is pressed firmly against each drive tire while simultaneously locking the steering controls (to keep you from driving and ripping chunks out of the tires, as on early models). Probably alot cheaper to incorporate than discs/calipers/drums/etc. I wonder why more mower companies don't use this design? I don't think Wright patented it. :clapping:
     
  2. clay duncan

    clay duncan LawnSite Senior Member
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    i am sold on thier walkbehinds........
     
  3. 02DURAMAX

    02DURAMAX LawnSite Gold Member
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    wright is the best mower
     
  4. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
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    i think ive seen the "bar design on exmark as well. but you have to remember they have already designed the brake belt for the gear driven Wb so to incorporate that design into their hydro design is easy enough and one less part to have to make and stock...
     
  5. Wright Mfg

    Wright Mfg Guest
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    We do have patents that cover the brake/controls interlock system.

    JV
     
  6. Wright Mfg

    Wright Mfg Guest
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    ...and we often collect money from other OEM's if we don't stop them altogether.
    JV
     
  7. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
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    Toro has this design too. I like Hustler's design. You just put the sticks in the neutral position and that is the parking brake.
     
  8. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
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    no matter what brake you have, you still have to strap it down...
     
  9. tb8100

    tb8100 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from TX
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    touche! :laugh:

    Were you guys the first to use that design?
     
  10. tb8100

    tb8100 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from TX
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    yeah, that's a pretty tight innovation. I wonder how hard that is to service when the time comes.
     

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