FUN! A new brand of mower for field test

Discussion in ' Magazine e-Reports' started by turfmagazine, Nov 29, 2005.

  1. turfmagazine

    turfmagazine LawnSite Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 95

    Better Outdoor Products has a new mower built in North Carolina, USA. They'd like it field tested for publication in TURF sometime soon.

    They are in Advance, NC, about 20 miles from Winston-Salem. They've asked me to find an LCO located reasonably close. Any takers?

    Use it for a week or two. Write up a brief report on how it works ... maybe get some pictures? We'll pay (not the manufacturer).

    Interested? email me at

    Here are the specs:

    2005 Model Year
    Quick36 ® General Specifications
    FOX Quick 36 Mk.II Super Duty
    Width of Cut 3-Way (Discharge/Mulch/Bag) 36” Fully-Baffled, Swept-Tunnel Deck
    Number of Blades 3 High Speed/High Lift Blades @~17,000 FPM Blade-tip Speed
    Deck Thickness 11 ga. (1/8”) Fabricated Steel Reinforced in Critical Areas
    Deck Plate Doubler
    Deck Leveling Struts Standard-All
    Heights of Cut 1.0-4.0 in ½” increments
    Easy Height Adjustment Standard-All
    Deep Tunnel Design Standard-All
    Spindle Pulleys Electroplated Steel with Splined Hubs-All
    Spindle Bearings 25mm Greaseable/Rebuildable-All
    Drive Belts Kevlar® cord (standard sizes available everywhere)
    Easy No-Tools Belt Changes Standard-All
    Caster Forks ¼” Thick Steel-All
    Caster Fork Bearings Double-Sealed Ball Bearings-All
    Caster Arm Reinforcement Struts No No Standard
    Caster Wheels/Tires Greaseable Ball Bearing Wheels/9-3.50X4 Smooth Pneumatic Tires-All
    Number of Grease Fittings 8 Fittings at Critical Points
    Power Unit Frame Doubler No No Standard
    Rider Attachment Capable No Yes Yes
    Deck Bumper Standard-All
    Quick Release Belt Guard Standard-All
    Blade Brake Standard-All
    Deck Drive Enclosed Noram Mechanical Clutch/Brake-All
    Engine Type and Size 11.5HP Briggs PowerBuilt 13HP Briggs Commercial Intek 16HP Briggs ELS
    Cast Iron Cylinder Sleeve No Yes Yes
    Overhead Valve Design Yes Yes Yes
    Electric Start No Yes Yes
    Recoil Starter Yes Yes No
    Pressure Lubrication No Yes Yes
    Spin-On Oil Filter No No Yes
    Dual-Element Air Cleaner No Yes Yes
    Muffler Lo-Tone Lo-Tone Super Lo-Tone
    No-Hassle Extended Oil Drain Standard-All
    Fuel Pump/Filter Standard-All
    Fuel Tank Capacity 3 Quarts 3.20 U.S. Gallons 3.20 U.S. Gallons
    Wheel Drive System Tuff Torq K46 Hydrostatic Transaxle-All
    Ground Speeds Infinitely Variable with Hand Control
    0-5.0 MPH in Forward 0-2.0 MPH in Reverse
    Hydrostatic Cooling Fan Standard-All
    Automatic Braking Standard-All
    Axle Diameter ¾” Steel Axle Shafts-All
    Easy Roll-Around Control Standard-All
    Maintenance Free Design Standard-All
    Hourmeter N/A Optional Standard
    Halogen Headlights N/A Optional Optional
    Drive Tires 16-6.50 X 8 Turf Mate 16-6.50 X 8 Turf Mate 16-7.50 X 8 Super Turf
    Operator Presence System Standard-All
    Neutral Safety Start System Standard-All
    Key Start Ignition Switch Standard-All
    Easy Service Battery N/A Yes Yes
    Engine Throttle Control Professional Quality Cables/Control Heads with Lined/Wrapped Conduits-All
    Handlebars 1.0” Diameter Heavy-Wall Steel Tubing-All
    Adjustable Handlebars Standard-All
    Physical Dimensions
    Height 40.5”-All
    Width Chute Down-45.0” Chute Up-39.5”-All
    Length 59.0”-All
    Curb Weight 260 Pounds 294 Pounds 311 Pounds
  2. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    Sounds good but most of my yards are going dormant or they arent growing enough now too give a good accurate report. THere are a bunch of guys in that area that are members, some one should jump at that chance
  3. RonB

    RonB LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 427

    Better is a new brand of mower? Do you mean a new model? And why are the specs listed for the "old" 2005?

    Whatever, I'd like to test it but likely for leafing right now.
  4. turfmagazine

    turfmagazine LawnSite Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 95

    Jim @ TURF here ...

    These are the specs they have me.

    Where are you (location). As I noted, they want to do it somewhere near Winston-Salem.
  5. RonB

    RonB LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 427

    Jim, Mississippi here. Although I'm to far I'll order the SD this spring.
  6. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,569

    Jim, I'm 20-30 mintues from them if you want me to do it.
  7. YLC1

    YLC1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 72

    I'm in Greensboro as well.I'd be willing to do a field test.Richard
  8. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,569

    Heather and Jim I received Better's call and have everything setup to pick up the mower and do the test.
  9. turfmagazine

    turfmagazine LawnSite Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 95

    Great Mike,

    Thanks. If you have any questions ... email me or call @ 800-422-7147
  10. fugate1

    fugate1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    I live in East Tennessee. I have a few lawns I could use it on. If you need another taker I'd be interested.


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