hydro/belts life span

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bababooie, Jan 16, 2003.

  1. bababooie

    bababooie LawnSite Member
    Messages: 134

    if everything is equal,maintenance wise,which would last longer .belts or hydro walk behinds ?
  2. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    The answer is YOU . Hydros are much easier to use than belt-driven machines.

    But back to your question. I would think hydros.
  3. grassdaddy

    grassdaddy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 565

    a belt is a little bit cheaper to replace than a hydro!;)
  4. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    Both are very long lasting. Both should last you many years. Belts are much cheaper to buy, but not as productive as a hydro. I am having a dilema right now over w/b's or Z's for employees. I think I favor w/b's. Long lasting and very economical.
  5. All depends on how hung over the assembly guy at the MFG was that day.
  6. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,384

    or if it was built on a Friday.:p
  7. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    With proper maintenance either should last about forever. It would be cheaper in the long run to maintain the belt drive.
  8. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,075

    Belts are less expensive but also less productive for some.

  9. goodbeus

    goodbeus LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 392

    65hoss, just to let you know...I was talking to a fellow lawn care owner the other day that has 5 crews...we got on the topic of ztr's, told him I was thinking of buying one...he told me, for LCO's, go for it...for the crews, stay with walk-behinds...he said his employees got lazy from using them and they we're expensive to maintain because the employees mistreated them...

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