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Belt vs hydro?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by dpullen4, Apr 22, 2005.

  1. dpullen4

    dpullen4 LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 68

    I've given some thought about mowing a number of lawns, but my career has taken me much higher up the ladder with my new job than I had ever expected. At any rate, I'm still in the market to upgrade my current mower(21" Honda) for my yard(1/2 acre). While I'm certainly wanting to reduce my hour of cutting alone(doesn't even include trimming), I'm also looking to improve the quality of the cut as well.

    I know that hydro is the best way to go, but is it that much of an advantage for a homeowner to cut just 1/2 acre and possibly a couple other jobs at the expense of going up from the cost of belt vs hydro? I'm definitely going to stay in the 36/48" deck range, but I can get a like new belt of a major company for the price of a hydro that's been around the block and then some. I'm talking about a mower that will get a maximum of 50 hours a year even if I pick up a couple jobs on the side.

    Can anyone tell me why I should buy a hydro mower?
  2. scagboy227

    scagboy227 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 151

    i got a 1998 scag 48 belt and it works so nicley
  3. ToroLandscaper

    ToroLandscaper LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,177

    If you are only going to do a few yards then a belt wouldnt be bad but if you are looking to do any more than just a few i would go with a hydro. With out a doubt i would get a Floating deck no matter what. They are alot easier to raise and make a better cut. Good Luck
  4. johnnyusa

    johnnyusa LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 514

    In your situation definately go w/ belt drive . brand new w/ warranty. look at toro, exmark or even Gravely. Best of luck w/ your decision John

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