Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by mylucky24, Jan 8, 2006.

  1. mylucky24

    mylucky24 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    What are the pros and cons of a hydro walk behind? Im thinking about getting one to start off with.
  2. jtkplc

    jtkplc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,656

    Try doing a search, there are TONS of threads on the topic.
  3. Rhett

    Rhett LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,071

    Lucky, Belts slip. Belts have reverse assist not positive reverse. Advantages of hydro are less fatigue, ability to mow more in less time. Time is money.
  4. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,208


    Instant backwards...
    Easier on hills...
    'zero-turn' ability


    Repair costs are expensive if a hydro pump and/or motor goes. Looking at a few hundred bucks in repair costs.
  5. Gatewayuser

    Gatewayuser LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,765

    Pros are in favor of the hydro. What you have to think about is the hydro is 40% more efficient then gear drive, so in beginning it may cost more but in the end it will have made you a ton more money.
  6. JDeere Fan

    JDeere Fan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 56

    I have a John Deere 7H17 48" Hydro. that is an 04 model with little or hardly any use. Probably 10 Hours at the most if you are interested. clivingston@ideas-net.com

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,534

    The hydro will cost you a lot less.

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,534

    Ok I found what I knew was out there so I will just copy it here.
    To help explain my last post

    It is all about the money. Hydro is cheaper!!

    Now many will dispute that but if you are doing this as a hobby get a belt.
    If you are doing this for a living than the only option you have is hydro.
    A mower does not cost money. A mower makes money.
    A mowers price is so small compared to the income it will generate that price is a non issue.
    What is an issue is time. Time is all you have to sell. There are a lot of things you can do in business to adjust the level of success but the one thing no one can change is the amount of minutes in a day. So you have to pull the most amount of production out of each minute as possible. The best way to do this with a W/B is by having a hydro.
    If all you do is mow wide open fields than it would be best to have a Z but for smaller lots with obstacles you need maneuverability and that means hydro.
    Most belts are very bad at backing up and you will do a lot of pulling. And forget trying to back up a hill , which may be a lot in TN. And even if it does go back a little you still have to stop and switch gears to do it where a hydro is instant back and forth.
    A hydro will be more productive and less tiring and therefore will cost less for you to own.
    Also if a hydro is jerky, it is because the operator has not learned how to operate that mower yet.
    My first mower was a belt, and it is a good mower but I learned fast that I needed a hydro. All new W/Bs have been hydro. Because we do this to make money.

    The main reason I bought a belt was I had not yet found this site where people could set me straight.

    This was written for a guy in TN so you may not have the hill problem

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