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Homeowner Intruder: WB Velke or Deere, Hydro or Gear?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by scout_pete, Apr 15, 2005.

  1. scout_pete

    scout_pete LawnSite Member
    Messages: 52

    Sorry for intruding on you Pros. I am a property owner with about five flat acres of finish mowing. In the last two years I have planted about 40 screening and specimen trees to screen a group of cheapo trashy trailers set up across the road from my home. I own a JD 4110 compact tractor with a 60" mid-mount mower and loader for my property maintenance. It's great machine but not as nimble around and under the trees I have planted, nor for trimming around landscaping. I am getting some rutting because of the machine weight I have decided that I need a good sized walk-behind with standing sulke for trimming before I mount the big dog and cut the open areas. I considered a Zero-turn but a WB will allow me to get under the trees better as they get larger.

    I am considering a Wright Velke or Deere. I also don't know whether I really need a Hydro or whether gear drive would be okay. I'm leaning toward a JD 7G18 right now. Anything in the Toro or Exmark line that might suit me as well for less $$$? :help:
  2. nocutting

    nocutting LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 530

    Hi, have you mulched around those seedlings?...Call a local tree service they usally will dump you a load for close to nothing......Install mulch rings around those trees...a good 2-3ft ring should reduce competion & help those trees grow faster. should also reduce you gettin smacked by those branchs...about the mower?...I'd look at a LESCO service center, you can getalot of Bang for the buck there, and a gear drive is fine [ much easier to replace those belts yourself]- "Good Luck"
  3. RobH

    RobH LawnSite Member
    Messages: 142

    There are a lot of great machines out there. On this site you can read for hours the pros and cons of each machine. So definitely do your homework and consider dealer support as an important factor in your decision. It is nice to be able to get help or parts when you need it.

    As far as gear vs. hydro, most guys will say to get a hydro because they are easier to use overall. However, being that you are a homeowner most guys will say to go with gear drive. I'm a homeowner as well and switched last year from a gear drive w/b to a hydro and I am so happy. I figure I will have the machine for a very very long time so I might as well be really happy when I'm using it. So if you can afford the cost of a hydro I recommend it in the long run.

    Good luck with whatever you choose.
  4. scout_pete

    scout_pete LawnSite Member
    Messages: 52

    The trees have been planted over the last two years. All balled-and-burlapped 4-8 foot, mostly evergreens. All have mulch rings 5-8 feet in diameter which helps with trimming and trees' health. It's kinda' hard to tell, but the attached picture shows the start of the rut/damaged grass ring around one of the trees. These were taken last fall. It's more pronounced this year.

    Thanks for the tip. I'll check out Lesco.

  5. scout_pete

    scout_pete LawnSite Member
    Messages: 52

    This pic shows a few more of the trees and my machine. The trees across the road have now been cleared. I have planted a few more trees, and I refuse to take any more pictures until my screen fills in. :realmad:

    <img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/pete2210/jd_4110/turfco_med.jpg" alt="Image hosted by Photobucket.com">
  6. pwarren4

    pwarren4 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 89

    A 48" Exmark Metro belt drive with a Velke X2 sulky will work perfectly for this situation. Since it's flat, I don't think the extra expense of a hydro drive is justifiable. If if had a slope, or you were mowing other properties, the hydro drive would be a necessity. The Metro is a fixed deck, but again, since your only mowing your property you can set the cut height and forget it.

    The Metro should run about $2900, the sulky $300.

    I own this setup and very pleased with it.

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