belt or hydraulic???

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by adcare lawns and gardens, Jan 17, 2008.

  1. adcare lawns and gardens

    adcare lawns and gardens LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    im looking at walk behind mowers today.... what is better belt or hydraulic???
  2. Scagguy

    Scagguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,522

    Imo, belt drives are a waste of money esp if you're mowing on inclines. Been there and done that. Hydro is the only way to go.
  3. RM n WS

    RM n WS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 55

    Hydro, all day long, but expensive!
  4. LCPullman

    LCPullman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 589

    Belts are what you buy if you can't afford a hydro. Hydro is much better and more reliable. Plus, dual hydro is much easier to use than belt.
  5. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,050

    Hydraulic is better in a lot of ways you don’t have to push it back wards the belts don’t slip when wet. :drinkup:


    SNAPPER MAN LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    I personally dont think a hydro is worth the money unless you have alot of hills. Belts work fine and are very easy to use if you know how to properly use one. If your cool with spending the money for a hydro go for it but I wouldn't.
  7. LawnTamer

    LawnTamer LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,986

    If you go with a belt drive, get a T-bar by Toro, it is light years ahead of pistol grip control systems. I would take a belt driven T-bar over a pistol grip hydro even. Make the dealers let you operate several different machines before you buy.
  8. Tadams

    Tadams LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 787

    The best thing you can do is to demo both of them on grass. A belt drive is cheaper, a little lighter, and they are easy to turn but they tear the turf easier, the belts sometimes slip when they are wet, and you have to pull the crap out of them to go backwards. Hydro is a lot easier on the body also. I would say get the hydro if you can afford it. If you can't afford it wait until you can! The ones that are telling you to get the belt drive are the ones that don't have a hydro- Misery loves company! Just my opinion.
  9. lawnMaster5000

    lawnMaster5000 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 591

    what size mower are you looking at? Anything over a 32" a dual hydro system is a must. 32" and under you can probably get away with belt drive.

    Also, how often will you be using this mower? Once a month for an hour? if so then belt, otherwise hydro again.
  10. 2 clowns mowing

    2 clowns mowing LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 566

    hydros with dual pumps only

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