belt driven walk behind?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by smith068, Feb 19, 2009.

  1. smith068

    smith068 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    Can anybody tell me whether or not I should go with a belt driven walk behind? I've heard that they can be problematic.

    CLARK LAWN LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,526

    ive had belt drives for the last 7 years and never had a problem. i think the problem people have is they buy the pistol grip style and those will wear you out fast. i have all TORO with the "t-bar" very easy to use. after 7 years i finally have to change the belts out.
  3. IntegrityGuy

    IntegrityGuy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 781

    no. they are not problematic but they can wear you out. If you were cutting 100+ lawns i would go with hydro but otherwise belt drive mowers are great and alot cheaper to. hydros are just alot easyer on hills due to the fact that you have every movement at your finger tips without having to reach down and shift.
  4. PORTER 05

    PORTER 05 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 642

    the Exmark Metro's are awsome. We have a 48" deck and its fine, its got the ECS controls, only problem is when its really wet or raining it will slip and its tough going up hills loading in the trailor ect but you really should be cutting when its like that anyway.
  5. coxslawncare

    coxslawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 224

    I have a 1985 toro t bar walkbehind, have had it for 3 years and only thing I have done is replace belts as regularly scheduled. Never had any problems with slipping belts and has plenty of power to go up and down hills. Hold very steep hills well. I only have one hill it will not hold and a push mower slides on it also (think close to straight up and down). I have never run a hydro so I cannot compare that but have had to use it all day on occasion when the Z has had to go down waiting on parts and it doesn't wear me out anymore than if I was just walking regular.
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Yup, buy a pistol grip mower and you will probably hate belt-drive.
    So if you decide to get a belt-drive then make sure to get a T-bar Toro.
  7. hondarancher4435

    hondarancher4435 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 307

    i just got a gravely pro 50 belt drive with the pistol grips and i really don't think their that bad
  8. EagleGrounds

    EagleGrounds LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    I have a belt Toro WB and have never had a problem with it, the only difference ive noticed between my belt and some hydros(that ive noticed) is that the belts have troubles pulling a sulky up the hill, but i dont use a sulky any more so its not an issue!

    Just make sure you maintain them properly, i use belt dressing every couple of days and i keeps it running strong!
  9. gunner19

    gunner19 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 79

    This is a good read. I'm just about to pull the trigger on a WB. I wasn't sure if I should get the pistol grip style or the T-bar. It is between the 32" exmark or Toro. The ECS style is not available for the 32" so if I go exmark the pistol grip is the only way.
    This will be my first WB. At the dealer the pistol grip didn't seem to bother me to much. The T-bar felt OK too, just not WAY better than the pistol grips.
  10. IntegrityGuy

    IntegrityGuy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 781

    toro t bar is the better one. So go with it.

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