Belt vs Hydro

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by guntruck, Feb 17, 2001.

  1. guntruck

    guntruck LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 527

    I did a search and didnt really find anything about the comparisons but was just wondering what you guys prefer. I am getting ready to buy my second walk behind its a toro 52" belt with the handle bar. Its really not in my budget to get a new hydro and i dont think im gonna find a really good used one for the price of the two year old toro (1600.00). What do you guys prefer??????????
  2. landscaper3

    landscaper3 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,354

    We have the Toro Proline with a 52" full floating deck and belt drive works good, demoed a hydo unit at least 2mph faster and cuts alot-alot better in the wet. Go for the hydro!!!
  3. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Messages: 4,260

    Try to get a hydro. Beside being faster, you wont have any belts to slip. Morning dew and light rain will not be a problem with a hydro.
  4. LoneStarLawn

    LoneStarLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,415

    It all depends alot on your down in the south the belt will do fine, but as the others have said (who are more northern) the hydro will fit better due to dew and rainy weather slippage.
  5. jeffex

    jeffex LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,933

    hey guntruck!! in this business its hard to
    resist the new "toys" . I came very close to
    buying a ztr but couldn't justify the expence
    based on profit it would bring in. I'm part-time
    so I think I will do better having helpers using
    my belt drive wbs. In your case if you can do
    more lawns or take on work you couldn't do with
    belt drives the expence is justified. For $7000
    I can buy another trailer, 2 wbs belt drive and a
    trimmer to start a second crew!!!!
  6. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,028

    I would not even consider a belt. I have a Proline Hydro w/44" deck and its great. T-Bar steering is excellent. Speed adjustment, handling, turning and reverse are instant. If you can demo one, you'll wonder why the even make belts.
  7. TJLC

    TJLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,308

    I've owned one belt model. Traded it in on an Exmark hydro. Now I have two Exmark hydro's. No comparision. Hydro all the way.
  8. lawman

    lawman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 199

    I have a 48inch hydro wb and love the thing. No slipping and the cut is great even in wet grass. I belive it is worth the extra money and time saved.
  9. osc

    osc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 502

    If your belts are tightened properly, slippage is not a problem even when wet. I really think this is a non-issue with belt driven units when the hydros have a belt underneath the mower that runs from the crank on the engine to the hydro pumps. If you are mowing wet green soup then you have a chance of the main drive belt slipping if it's not tight enough. As far as the wheel drive belts on a belt drive machine, they will pull wet if the tension is right.

    With that said, I still will not have a belt driven machine because of how they operate. You cannot go in reverse on the fly which is badly needed in my opinion. Also you have run-away going down hills and sloppy handling on slopes in general. I improved productivity many times over when I went all hydro.

    I guess everyone has opinions.
  10. Rich what kind and size of engine does that 52" have?

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