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BOP Quick Mower Questions

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jiacovino, Oct 2, 2008.

  1. jiacovino

    jiacovino LawnSite Member
    Messages: 47

    So I'm almost set on ordering a 32'' Quickie Ninja mower from Better Outdoor Products. It's cheaper than most other 32''s and it's a hydro.

    I called and spoke to customer service because I'm really curious about how turning one of these mowers goes.

    There is no break steering with these, so apparently you have to muscle the mower yourself to turn it. I know it has instant reverse, but is this going to take more energy out of me than a belt-driven walk behind?

    It also has a throttle on it. When I have no pressure on the throttle does the mower go into park or into neutral? It's not that hard to trurn a gear-driven 32 by just pressing on the grips and pulling it back toward you. But am I going to have to rely on the instant reverse to do 3 or 5 point turns?

    It's either this or I go for a belt-driven Bob-Cat 32'' walk behind.

    Any info or suggestions would help.

  2. TPS

    TPS LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 363

    The quicks are easy to turn. I have a 32 samuri, my first commercial mower. Once you get used to it, it is no problems to do 180s with out the reverse. It's a light mower, if its really wet, you can tip the front wheels up and spin no problem. As far as the throttle is concerened, if you are holding the break pistol down, left side, with no throttle it's more like a neutral. If you let go of both, blades off of course, it's basically park. Theres also a lever on it to switch to roll around mode when the mower is off. I find that easier to used when manuvering around on the trailer, again cause it so light. If you were closer I would offer to sell you mine. Im ready for a bigger one. Good luck to you.
  3. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,292

    You got it figured correct you provide the braking forces to make the turn. We went to a Scag 32" blelt drive after having a unit with a transmission like is in the single hydro.
  4. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,228

    I've used my Quick 36 for almost a full season now.
    I have found with the single hydro, there really isn't any 'muscling' you need to do with the machine. You throw your body weight a bit to do 180's and use the forward lever to 'rocket' yourself around the turn. If you really want to muscle this machine, then by all means come to a complete stop at the end of a run and pivot slowly by your arms only. You will stop that business real soon - BUT once you learn to do smooth turns it becomes habit.
  5. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    I've got independent braking figured out for that "other" mower that you had. It was actually pretty simple. Sorry, no pics or further descriptions.
  6. deere615

    deere615 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,676

    I have a quick 36, its not that hard to turn, there are a few tight spots that I would have to muscle it around but I just use the reverse to whip it around. You don't have to do a 3/5 pt turn usually just one push of the reverse to bring the mower back aorund
  7. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Fanatic
    from zone 6
    Messages: 5,890

    Can you post pictures of the cut (close up) from the Quikie , and do they have a real mulch kit for the 32"?
  8. RocketLab

    RocketLab LawnSite Member
    Messages: 83

    I have the 32 Samurai and turning becomes 2nd nature. The only excessive muscling is on slopes. Not a real mulch kit, just a block off plate. BOP sent me some Oregon Hi Lifts that seem to mulch better than the standard blades. I tried the Gators but had problems with a center strip being left uncut on tall stuff.

    Only cut pic I have.

  9. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Fanatic
    from zone 6
    Messages: 5,890

    Thanks for the picture , try the Exmark mulch blade you should not have the center cut problem with those blades.
  10. TPS

    TPS LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 363

    I dont have any pics. I use the mulch plate with the regular blades sometimes and never had any problems with uncut strips. I never had any problems with the mower at all other then being a little slow.

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