Advantages hydro WB vs ZTR

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by accentlc, Jul 27, 2001.

  1. accentlc

    accentlc LawnSite Member
    from Utah
    Messages: 22

    What are the advantages, disadvantages of a hydro wb with a castering sulkie over a ztr?
  2. Administrator

    Administrator Administrator
    Messages: 865

    Do a search. This has been covered over and over, time and again.
  3. Bob_McNaughton

    Bob_McNaughton LawnSite Member
    Messages: 94

    Walking sucks overall - especially doing it 10-20 lawns per day.

    Question answered.
  4. Esby

    Esby LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 662

    I'm in the process of selling my Exmark walkbehind right now because I am buying a new Lazer Z, they are just sooo nice. I have a velky for it, but it doesn't compare to the speed of a ZTR or the comfort of the ride. They both have their place, but in my mind, I'm gonna stick the the new Lazer Z.
  5. toffees3

    toffees3 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    The ztr's are much faster and more effective. But when there are lots of trees and low branches i would take the walk behind. Plus you can Fit more wb on your trailer!
  6. Kent Lawns

    Kent Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 870

    Few people actually walk behind their walk-behind mowers.
    ~It's time they get a new name.

    We use 60" WB mowers (Exmark TT 23hp) and they are faster than a ZTR (60") in MOST cases.

    WB's are so much lighter and they're much quicker and more nimble and easier on turf in highly landscaped areas.

    We acutally pay LESS for our ZTRs (Toro 23/62) than our WBs (Exmark 23/60 w/ Jungle Wheel) so go figure....

    Once they're out of warranty, we update the WB Hydro package and update tire/rims to increase ground speed to match a ZTR.

    Riding around on a ZTR is always more comfortable, though...
  7. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Messages: 4,830

    Kent Lawns, what state are you from? Could you fill in your location in your profile so we all know? If you don't know how, email me your location and I will fill it in for you. We only need the state or what part of the state you are in, but the town is helpful too. :)
  8. A W/B is going to be able to mow hills you can’t get a ZTR on safely

    They both have their pluses and minuses, but look at what you need that particular mower to do, and then see what mower will fill your needs

    In most cases a W/B is going to be cheaper than a ZTR, but may not be as productive as a ZTR

    Price should not be an issue it should be productivity

    Or as they say an all around use mower.

    Not one you won’t be able to use on a big percentage of your accounts

    You will have to look at you accounts and see whether a W/B or a ZTR is going to be needed

  9. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    i know i personally would like to see more walk behinds on the lco trucks. seems like there is a glut of ztr s out there.
    red green yellow orange,there everywhere.:D
  10. Calvin

    Calvin Banned
    from Ontario
    Messages: 73

    Posted by Bob

    "Walking sucks overall-especially doing it 10 to 20 lawns per day. Question answered."

    Ever hear of a Velke?

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