HELP! Walk Behind or rider???

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by spencer087, Aug 3, 2008.

  1. spencer087

    spencer087 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 73

    ok here it is. dad sold lawnmower cause he needed money. now. i am on a limited budget but should i get a walkbehind or a zero turn? im lookin to stay around 48" because of gates and such so walkbehind be good but i also have a few accounts the that i think would be too tough for a walkbehind. (rough ground rocks and such) so. i am now open to any and all suggestions
  2. RhettMan

    RhettMan LawnSite Silver Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 2,551

    walk behind
  3. ilovegrass

    ilovegrass LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    if you are not mowing big yards i would get a walkbehind.the cut is better and you can get in small places exmark makes a great 36 and 48. just get a good vilky to ride on..
  4. brandtb1

    brandtb1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 153

    I would go with a walk behind and a velke. If the property is too rough, why would you want to put a more expensive zero turn on it. Save the money now and go with the walk behind.
  5. Cranky Bait

    Cranky Bait LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    If you get a walk behind get a Hydro not belt driven especially if the lot is rough.
  6. david shumaker

    david shumaker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 721

    I started with a walk behind. It is fine for small yards, but if you have larger yards you will probably want a rider when you can afford it. A walk behind gets old after awhile and tires you out. You can use the walk behind as a backup after you buy the rider. Alot of my yards have slope and ditches, so I don't know if a velke would work out. I never did have a velke.
  7. subs1000w

    subs1000w LawnSite Member
    Messages: 159

    agree get a hydro wb with a velky you can get them in big sizes up to 60in there very productive and more cost effective then a rider
  8. spencer087

    spencer087 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 73

    yes i would love to get a snapper pro sw20 48" with proslide. but.... would it take the evil big lot??? lol it has holes, rocks, large clumps of grass and nothing but bumpy uneven ground. it took about 2 and half hours with a residential john deere 54" it roughly 3.5 acres.
  9. Genlandscape

    Genlandscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 185

    3.5 acres!?! I'd want a ztr for that!! it is pheasable to use a wb if it a 60" plus. If you are limited to a 48" cut and have properties that large I would definitely get a ztr. check out your local paper or online you may be able to find a package deal on a larger ztr and a smaller wb. I haul an eXmark 36 tracer two out of five days, and do all of my small gated backs with it, the rest of the week we run 50" and 56" Lazer HP's
  10. Even Cut Lawn Care

    Even Cut Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 645

    hey man,
    What are you looking to spend? Im about 2 hours from you and will be getting a new mower or two soon so I'll be selling the used ones. Ill even deliver it to you since you are close. I also have a 48" WB thats is prtty much brand new, I'll make ya a heck of a deal on it! Gimme a call if you are interested and I'll fill ya in on what all I have. (417) 293-7058 Matt

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