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36" mowers?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by cypresslawncare, Oct 27, 2004.

  1. cypresslawncare

    cypresslawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 46

    Ok you guys keep telling us to buy the 36" ers. How much are you guys paying for these things. How long do they hold up, honestly. And what are/how much are the maintenance issues to keep them running.
  2. TClawn

    TClawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,036

    there are two different kinds of walkbehinds.

    belt driven and hydro driven.

    a good 36" belt driven will run anywhere between 2,000 and 3,700.
    they hydro's usually run 1,000 to 1,200 more than belt drives.

    here are some of the pro's and con's of hydro Vs. belt.

    hydro driven.
    the pro's.

    less fatigue.

    instant forward to reverse controls.

    true zero turning radius.

    no belt slippage in wet conditions.

    the con's

    hydro's cost 1,000 1,200 dollars more then belt driven.

    belt driven are genrally easier to maintain then hydro driven.

    controls are sometimes considered "jumpy" by some operators.

    repairs are more expensive.

    belt driven.
    the pro's.

    A great cut for the $$$.

    easier to maintain than a hydro.

    repairs are less expensive and parts are cheaper.

    the con's.

    belt slippage in wet conditions.

    no true zero turn radius.

    more fatigue.

    no instant forward reverse controls.

    overall I would say that if your only buying a 36"er a belt drive will not fatigue you two much more than a 36" hydro.
    although, for small fenced property's when you'll be using the reverse alot a hydro does save a lot of effort.

    btw, if there's a ferris dealer in your area check out the 32" hydro cut. the Msrp is only 2,700 dollars.
  3. boonhogganbeck

    boonhogganbeck LawnSite Member
    Messages: 45

    Has anyone tried the Quick 36? It seems like a good product for the money.
  4. TClawn

    TClawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,036

    from what I've heard every body who has one is happy with it.
    can't beat the price either.

    only thing is, that it's a single hydro unit so you have to manually do the zero turn. but thats not to hard to do.
  5. pfifla1

    pfifla1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 45

    i have a scag 36" hydro that i bought when i started my business, mower came to me with 40hrs, since then i have put over 6000 hrs in 5 years on it, the mower has been stellar, and sure, i replaced a few spindle bearings, but besides that this thing is a tank, best equipment investment ive made. i like hydros for every reason accept the dreaded pump failures, which on this mower, i havent endured.

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