Help! When to use ZTR vs WB

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Jimbo, Jul 10, 2002.

  1. Jimbo

    Jimbo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,093

    Hi Everyone,

    This might sound dumb to some... Im not sure.

    I have a 52" ZTR, and a 36" WB. Obviously if I have a property with a small gate I would choose the WB, and if I have a large open yard I would use the ZTR.
    However I have some yards right in the middle that I still find myself using the WB on, and I am not sure why. I think becuase they seem small, or maybe becuase the ZTR is louder, and seems much bigger?

    Also, If I have to bag then it's the WB.

    How do you decide which mower to use. When is the ZTR to much?
  2. Clint

    Clint LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 97

    I dont have a ztr, just a 36" metro, i would use the ztr as much as i could, you payed for it
  3. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    I use my 60" Dixie Chopper on anything it will fit on. It'll absolutely rip through a 1/5 acre lawn.
  4. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,205

    I use the rider on anything but hills. If you can fit it on the yard, use the rider.
  5. Jimbo

    Jimbo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,093

    Thanks guys. It just seems like the residentials have more trees and junk to mow around, but I will try to use the ZTR more even on the small lots.
  6. Pelican

    Pelican LawnSite Member
    Messages: 164

    My ZTR is a 61" and while it will physicallywork on almost any yard I do, there are some lawns that I only use the walkbehind. If the lawn is small and requires a lot of maneuvering, I use the walkbehind, as well as on lawns which are a bit rough. The ZTR tears up the turf too much with the back tires on small lawns and will scalp on rougher lawns. I'm more concerned with quality of cut than I am the time element.
  7. Jimbo

    Jimbo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,093


    Thats a good way of explaining my delima. The same things go through my head when I am out mowing. Maybe I think about it too much when my mind wanders while mowing.

    I think about all kinds of stuff, but thats another topic.
  8. Pelican

    Pelican LawnSite Member
    Messages: 164

    I've stated before and have been slammed that a walkbehind can provide a better quality of cut under more conditions than a ZTR. This is where I feel a lawn care professional can outshine a gypsy in making the right selection. My goal is to provide my customers with the best lawn service I can and this is achieved by choosing the proper equipment.
  9. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,943

    My Lazer gives such a better cut than my walkbehind, and at better speeds, I find my smaller lawns look better when cut with the Lazer. Now if its only a small 2000 sqft front yard with many trees and beds, then the WB gets the nod.

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