gona buy a new 48" w/b

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by surfisher211, May 17, 2005.

  1. surfisher211

    surfisher211 LawnSite Member
    from Jersey
    Messages: 141

    i am going after the 48 " lesco w/b, just wondering what you guys think is better the belt drive or the hydro . the hydro 48 " retails at $3,699.00 and the belt drive at $2,499.00 . let me know what u guys think i want to make the best move i have just hit my 70 th account and need to upgrade to a bigger machine to save time . i currently run 2 36" lesco w/b belt drives
  2. Reliable Lawn Care

    Reliable Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 136

    I have the belt drive eXmark, but I will make the Hydro my next purchase. I like my belt, but I hear the hydro can make your life alot easier. If you have the $ , go with the hydro.
    just my 3 cents worth.
  3. MTR

    MTR LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 1,280

    At 70th account, man you need hydro real real bad...if possible get a 52" cause it will cut time in half and a lot nicer looking lawn. You have plenty of experience on WB, try hydro and hitched with nice sulky and you will be saying why haven't I got this baby from day 1? no kidding.
    Belt is so archaic that only as a starter but as soon as your biz expanding, you need hydro to keep up with it otherwise your body will fall apart from running belt WB.
  4. surfisher211

    surfisher211 LawnSite Member
    from Jersey
    Messages: 141

    yea i was heading to wards the hydro i do all residential as of right now, i do plan on bidding commercial within the next year . do u think the 52 would be over kill for residential ? if not i will look into the price of it :) thanks for your input it is greatly appreciated :waving:
  5. Ross Gerard

    Ross Gerard LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Needed a 36" for some of our smaller yards. Bought an X-Mark hydro. Had a Bunton belt drive. No comparison. Once you get used to a hydro you would never go back to a belt drive.
  6. chefdrp

    chefdrp LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,384

    deff. go with the Hydro. I have the Hydro float deck and it great. You can do a search on my name and check out the wat it cuts. I also have the casting sulky and accelerater grass catcher. My mower is featured on Acceleraters web site. Good luck with your new HYDRO mower.
  7. kc2006

    kc2006 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    Go hydro for that many accounts. I couldn't imagine that many accounts with my belt drive.
  8. Eddie B

    Eddie B LawnSite Senior Member
    from gone
    Messages: 859

    another vote for HYDRO!
  9. MTR

    MTR LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 1,280

    52" is the most popular size of all time, it is compact enough to do residential with great time saving and big enough to crack some large acreage lawns or commercial park. One size do it all, don't get 48" you will be sorry ass later not getting a 52". I have a 36" and a 52" , and I use 52" 99% of time, my next upgrade will be another 52" with speed and power like 27 koh.
  10. prolawncorp

    prolawncorp LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    Most homes only need 48" mowers

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