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36 wb belt drive

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by fastcat, Jul 11, 2008.

  1. fastcat

    fastcat LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 799

    i am thinking about getting a 36 wb belt drive to mow on hills with and small yards. how do they handle the hills and how hard is it to turn on a hill. what would be some good ones to look at.
     
  2. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,842

    I have a Scag 32" that I mow holding ponds with very steep sides and it works just fine. The belt drive on Scag seems pretty darn solid.
     
  3. farmboy1285

    farmboy1285 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 574

    I have a 2 belt drive encores and highly recomend them. But if I had to choose another brand id say a exmark with the ECS controls, or maybe a T-bar.
     
  4. johnnybravo8802

    johnnybravo8802 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Ga.
    Messages: 2,313

    I used to have a 36" Scag and it was a great mower but the pistol grips will wear you out and the "assisted reverse" sucks. Hydro is the way to go but I couldn't see spending that kind of cash and still can't. You would think they could reduce the prices with less sales but they haven't!:confused:
     
  5. STIHL GUY

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    my 48'' Belt WB does fine on hills
     
  6. fastcat

    fastcat LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 799

    Can you put a sulkie on them
     
  7. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,700

    Yes, you can pull a sulky. I've been using belt drives for years on end and as long as the belts are properly adjusted you shouldn't have a problem even in the wet.
     
  8. whoopassonthebluegrass

    whoopassonthebluegrass LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,305

    I've used Lesco and Toro. They'll climb any hill, will run sideways along any hill, and can pull a sulky and my 170# butt on 98% of all my work.
     
  9. fastcat

    fastcat LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 799

    i am 200# so maybe i should walk behind it for a couple of months first.
     
  10. lawnprosteveo

    lawnprosteveo LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Messages: 1,930

    My Toro 36 wb has been great. 6 seasons with it. Takes hills well, works well on small properties...put a sulky on it and take on a larger property.
     

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