Originally posted by ULTIMATE LAWN
Switchless I may get a Hustler Super WB 48" Next year if eXmark doesn't Bump up the hp on their 48" for the 2004 models.
But what's up with the Blade Tip Speed of 16,250 fpm vs. 18, 500 on the TTHP 48". Or will the 48" Super WB be Greater?
Also What will be the Trim side on the Super if it Has Super Wide tires & is the 48" getting a 23hp?
I'm sure you keep up posting
I admit Hustlers have not yet sped their blades on the 48 yet, however, other than Exmark, many other makers havent either. FWIW, Ive sped mine up and I really dont see much of a difference.
Actually, and Im sure youll agree, if the lawns are cut approximately as needed, the standard blade speed is fine. And, adding doubles to the 48, which it will pull very well, the cut is excellent.
FYI, I finally got to race my friends 23 Kaw Exmark rider and my Super WB is a tad faster. For arguments sake we can call them even.
As far as a trim side for the 48 SWB, I dont know, since my custom machines have different rims. However, I did order a factory SWB, which I should have next week, and Ill let you know. Frankly, even with my custom SWB, I really dont have a problem without having a true trim side.
Actually, as an overall package, I find the wider tires more productive than the minimum amount of times I need a trim side. With the wider tires, I can cut a 45 angle on a 30 degree slope and not have any scalping were I transverse from level the hill. I dont have to negotiate uneven terrain, as I did with a standard WB. The cut is diffinetly better than a standard width WB from the wider stance and softer ride of the cushiony tires. Plus, the wider stance doesnt leave uneven cut marks while mowing parallel on a hill that is concave in make up, which a standard WB will.
FYI, the only time I lose production efficiency is when I trim an outside curved bed that has a very small radius. Then yes, it takes about 2 seconds for me to trim the small section the mower cannot cut.
As the intelligent professional I know you are, regardless that we bump heads about ECS controls, Im sure you fully understand each scenario Ive offered, and can agree you find the same problems are present with a standard WB.
Oh, last thing. Yes, yes, yes, Hustlers do clump more than an Exmark on Wet grass. Again, there is a trade off. Hustler confines their blades in the deck to increase chute exit speed for better grass dispersal, and it works great most of the time. However, with overly wet grass, the grass does build up on the rear tips of the blades separators, and after a time almost isolates each blade, like a mulching deck. Then the deck acts like a mulcher, with the end open, and this allows clumping to be a problem. Keeping the deck clean for even new lawn helps a lot. However, it can be a problem. Again, Hustler has chosen higher air speed at the chute, while Exmark goes for high air volume.