Hydro Mowers

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by specialtylc, May 26, 2004.

  1. specialtylc

    specialtylc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,656

    When I bought my first hydro mower 6 years ago , some people said that the gear or belt drives were more dependable. We now have 4 machines that are hydro and 2 of them have almost 2000 hours on the meters. I have never had a single hydro related failure. My question is, have any of you guys had any trouble with your hydro pumps or motors on your mowers? :)
  2. brucec32

    brucec32 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,403

    I had to replace a pump at maybe 400 hours or so because of a stripped out part in the adjusting valve on it on a Toro. I may have inadvertently caused the problem though I'm not sure. I didn't overtorque it, but it stripped out somehow. $600 repair.

    I think it's not that gears are more dependable, they probably wear out MORE parts, but the parts they wear out are relatively cheap to fix, and since they're also simple, you can fix them yourself and save on labor.

    TROTTMAN LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 397

    I have always heard the opposite, that hydros are nearly maintenance free (not quite obviously, but close).
  4. GrassFearsMe

    GrassFearsMe LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 340

    I run only hydros, but may switch my 36" back to belt b/c the 36" hydro is very touchy (lesco).
  5. competitiveimageland

    competitiveimageland LawnSite Member
    Messages: 192

    geez my mower went back four times the first month i had the machine because of hydraulic problems 6 hours on the machine and textron replaced the whole hydro system aint that a *****
  6. lawnmedic1

    lawnmedic1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 122

    Never had a hydro failure, had bolts on a motor work loose once. I have 1 36" belt left in the fleet and would love to replace it but it only gets about 45 minutes of run time a week. Hardly worth spending 3500.00 on a new hydro....Chuck
  7. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    Messages: 8,745

    so far (knock on wood) not a failure, unlike the belts

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