Hustler Hydo Walkbehind

dhicks

Member
Location
Gulf Shores, AL
Today, I visited my friendly Hustler dealer and had an opportunity to test drive the Hustler Hydro Walkbehind. This dude had the 17 HP Kawasaki and a 48” deck. I really like the ease of operation, and the H-Bar Steering was a breeze to use and learn quickly and did wonders for my right arm, which is weak as compared to my left arm. <p>In reading the old message re Hustler, noting was said about the cut of the Hustler deck. Is anybody using this mower? What the cut like…? And any other particulars that I should consider before plunking down some hard earned $$$. If I purchase, it I will want to add the Proslide from the folks at http://www.novaecorp.com What do y’all think?<p>Thanks!<br><p>----------<br>--Disneyland on the Potomac - ICQ [icq]31223414[/icq]<br>www.go-emerald.com
 

Evan528

LawnSite Silver Member
i dont know about all hustler mower but my local school district uses hustler riders and they just discharge big clumps of grass and give a very rough cut. I see them clumping all the time even on perfectly dry grass.
 

mowerconsultant

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Syracuse, NY
you will find the hustler walk behind quality of cut as good as or better than any of the major manufacturers out there.<br>this deck was designed from the ground up, nothing like the older hustler decks..<br>in fact hustler is doing some design changes on some of there old decks to model after the new walk behind deck.<br>the hustler is in my opinion the heaviest duty walk behind deck on the market.<br>ask your dealer to show you the deck off the machine(it only takes a minute to remove the floating deck), then you can see for yourself.<br>then ask your dealer for demo of the unit on some of your properties, so you can judge for yourself.<br>good luck.
 

boozoo

LawnSite Member
Location
The Ozarks
I have one and couldn't be happier with it. The cut is excellent (better than my Grasshopper), it handles SO easily, and with the promotion special, it's a great buy. I honestly don't think any other WB compares. Am I gushing or what?
 
If you are walking behind the machine you are<br>losing money. I have a $600 toro belt drive 44&quot; with a 12.5 hp motor with a stand on two wheel non-piviting sulky that will out produce that setup easily.<p>The best you can average is 3 mph walking.<br>With a sulky you can usually run in high gear<br>at 5-6 mph all DAY.<p>And why in the world would one spend $6k for<br>a walk behind mower?
 
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dhicks

Member
Location
Gulf Shores, AL
Thanks to all for the information. Lawrence: If my (R) arm wasn't defective, I too could buy a belt drive mower and save some $$$ The asking price for the Hustler Hydro w/ 17 HP Kawasaki is $4,500 including the Socialist Republic of Maryland's Sales Tax.<p>The Toro dealer is bring out a Proline Hydro for me to demo today. If you all may recall, from one of my previous posts, the Toro w/ 20 HP engine and 52&quot; deck was retailing for $5,399 also including sales tax. So it looks like I have a very big business decission to make. Hustler v. Toro.<p>Again, thanks to all for sharing your opinions.<br><p>----------<br>--Disneyland on the Potomac - ICQ [icq]31223414[/icq]<br>www.go-emerald.com
 
For a few hundred more you could by a little<br>Toro ZTR with a 52&quot; deck.<p>That would be the easiest to operate if you have problems with your arm.<p>Why walk or stand when you can sit?<p>Even my old toro sit down sulky is better<br>than standing and FAR better than walking.<p>Plus it might be able to use the neat little<br>bagging kit that comes with a Lazer HP.
 
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dhicks

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Location
Gulf Shores, AL
Hey Lawrence, I have a brand new Toro Z 25 HP w/ 62&quot; deck. Some of the properties are too small for the Z. But I do get your well taken point. <p>----------<br>--Disneyland on the Potomac - ICQ [icq]31223414[/icq]<br>www.go-emerald.com
 
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