First Walkbehind

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by smassengill, Apr 5, 2010.

  1. smassengill

    smassengill LawnSite Member
    Messages: 97

    My Deere Z-Track is being serviced so I had to borrow my buddy's cub cadet walk-behind today. I have only used little push mowers and ZTR's before, never a walk-behind. I HATED IT. I couldn't get used to maneuvering it around obstacles and making short passes with all of the turning gets to be incredibly annoying. I don't see myself ever buying one.
  2. NJgunner

    NJgunner LawnSite Member
    Messages: 51

    Interesting, im considering a walk behind for my piece. I have a 21" thats manuverable. I was looking at red hawks and ariens..I was told if they are not 'dual drive' u have to muscle them. I have never used one either.
  3. smassengill

    smassengill LawnSite Member
    Messages: 97

    Yeah it was a real pain for me. I couldn't imagine using one full-time. Also, this one had the pistol grips and I feel the T-Bar design would be much easier.
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  4. Basilhayden

    Basilhayden LawnSite Member
    Messages: 69

    yeah, this is my first year part time and I have done about ten yards so far with my belt drive scag and I already hate it. I am putting away every dollar that I can so I can get something else as soon as possible. It is a 36" so I guess I will keep it for backyards with gates. I hope I don't develop carpal tunnel before I can upgrade.
  5. smassengill

    smassengill LawnSite Member
    Messages: 97

    Haha feathering the drive throttle while turning will definetly cause some hand pains.
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  6. John_DeereGreen

    John_DeereGreen LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 458

    I will NEVER operate, or have my operators, use another MMZ for anything under 2 acres.

    Once you or your operators learn how to use wide area walks, you'll never go back.

    There's SO much more control with a wide area walk, they will always be in my fleet.

    And before anyone says anything, we've got Cub Cadet Commercial hydro's...
  7. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    You'll get used to them. This was the same mower as the monstrocity that I learned on. Ferris built the first hydrowalk and then produced them for Woods, which is what you see here. Same mower, diffferent color. You really had to muscle this around. Belts drives are a breeze compared to this, which was one of the first hydro walkbehinds ever.

  8. BearWise Landscapers

    BearWise Landscapers LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 456

    That one looks like you would have to 'muscle it around'. How many hours did you put on it?
  9. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 42,123

    I love walk behinds. Very maneuverable, great cut, good for resi yards. Every mower has its place, that's for sure, but I love my 48" walk behinds.
  10. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    It was my primary mower for a couple of years and then I only used it for gated areas. I don't know how may hours I put on it but it was easily in the hundreds.

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