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help me pick a new walk behind mower

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by James Cormier, Mar 1, 2011.

  1. James Cormier

    James Cormier LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ma
    Messages: 1,217

    Not for commercial use, just my own lawn. Im a fert guy that use to own a mowing business. Sold it 10 years ago with all my wright standers, Toro Zmasters and Toro T-bar mowers. About 5 years ago I purchased a Wright Sentar to mow my own lawn, little over an acre. However I really miss walking and would like to buy a new mower for this year.

    I really liked my old toro t-bars, never could get use to the pistol grip mowers. So I would like to go with something similar to this. I see Hustler has a mower called the TrimStar. Are there any other commercial mowers like these two set ups?

    I dont want a ztr, or stand on...dont care about mowing faster. I just want something that cuts nice, leaves great lines and makes me walk. I will be keeping my sentar for clean up's, I pull a vac system behind it for leaves.
  2. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    Have you looked at the BOP Duallys?
  3. Lurch01

    Lurch01 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 137

    I really like the Exmark walk behind myself. They seem to cut through anything I need.

    Keep walking. I know you are buying for personal use. But I like the Cardio of it. I get more than a few miles a day of walking and sweat out the poisons. The belly just keeps going away.
  4. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    The nice thing about walk behinds is that should you ever decide you want to ride again, you can just add a sulky to it and then just unhitch the sulky to be able to walk again.

    Toro has their T2 controls for their hydro walkbehinds, that may be a good option if you are looking for a hydro walkbehind, plus that will come with a turbo force deck. John Deere and some other brands have their ztr controls on their new walk behinds, so if you are used to the controls on a wright stander, these would be roughly the same.

    Exmark has their ECS controls, I've used them for just a couple minutes, so I can't say how comfortable they are to use, but they are an option.
  5. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,280

    What about Scag's ProV?
  6. Painting Stripes 11

    Painting Stripes 11 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 45

    Exmark turf tracer hp (ecs handles) cuts awesome and real easy to mow with!
  7. Merkava_4

    Merkava_4 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,441

    Get you a Snapper Hi-Vac 21. :weightlifter:
  8. gasracer

    gasracer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,049

    It you like true T-bar controls Gravely mas some new models out.I don't like pistol grips either.
  9. crslolbkr

    crslolbkr LawnSite Member
    Messages: 48

    I own a 48" Hustler walk-behind with T-bar controls. The controls only took a few mows to get used to and then it was a breeze. I've not used any other systems (other than pistol grips and the T-bar) but I'm sure the T-bar has got to be top 3 if not the single easiest to operate. The cut is good but the stripes are't noticeable unless you mow at 3 1/2" - 4". It is a 2000 model so their are sure to be upgrades and improvements on the striping since then. I also own a scag belt drive walk behind that leaves great stripes. The best striping machine I've owned was a Bobcat walk-behind, it may be worth checking out their walk-behind with z controls.
  10. gasracer

    gasracer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,049

    The new Hustler Walk behinds have handle bars with twist grips on them.

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