Hydro or Belt drive for primary mower?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MainePPC, Jun 19, 2010.

  1. MainePPC

    MainePPC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    I am going to start mowing a good number of my plowing accounts and am looking to buy a ZT 48" or 52" walk behind as my primary mower. I have been told by some to only go with a Hydro and others have told me to save my money and go with a belt drive. Anyone have any suggestions or info that may help me out? Thanks!
  2. macgyver_GA

    macgyver_GA LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 826

    How many lawns do you mow daily? My hands get pretty fatiqued after running my 36" snapper pro belt drive for a few hours. My next mower will definitely be a hydro. However if this is your first walk behind and a limited budget, I would just buy a belt drive then upgrade later.
  3. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    It depends on how much you are going to use the mower. If it is only for 10 accounts a week, then a belt drive is going to be fine. But if its 20+ accounts a week, then a hydro may be a little more what your looking for. A hydro is very manuverable, more so than a belt drive mower.

    If you are going to have to go around a lot of obsticles, turn around alot, mow hills often, mow narrow/small areas, or plan on putting a sulky on the mower....then a hydro is definately what you are looking for.

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