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Hydro or Belt Driven?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by pgalardi, Sep 17, 2007.

  1. DillonsLawnCare

    DillonsLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,100

    ive got a belt drive on my 52". i am satisfied with it somewhat. it doesnt pull to well on hills. if your doing alot of turning, then get the hydro. with the hydro you have the capability of the TRUE zero turning radius.(like the riders)
    with belt drive you can only go forward, and if your not careful, you'll dig into the grass with the tire when turning. with the hydro, youll reduce that. i test drove my friends hydro exmark 36" viking yesterday on ym grass and i wish i had that mower more than my toro even though i cut acre lots. hydro is more efficient and reliable. belt is just....belt......................idk JMHO
  2. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,451

    I assume the yards you are doing are big or you wouldn't be going to the bigger unit. In which case the belt drive would be just fine for mainly straight line stuff. I am assuming Toro makes a good belt drive. The Scag hydro will cost more than twice that amount. Hydro are usually better when there is a lot of turing and backing.
  3. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,778

    Hydro is the only way....If you wanna play you gotta pay! With my Toro T2 the more you squeeze the faster it goes, no gears or speed control levers to worry about.
  4. lawnprosteveo

    lawnprosteveo LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Messages: 1,930

    A hydo will obviously turn alot better. But is it worth the cost. $2250 is a hard deal to pass up IMO....I used gear drive wb's for quite awhile before I ever got into hydros. I still use my first Toro 36 gear wb. They really are low maintenance and reliable.
    Just consider if its worth paying at least twice as much for the hydro.
  5. pj550v12

    pj550v12 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 302

    I dont think I've ever met some one who has ever converted from a hydro to a belt drive, think of it that way
  6. IHusky

    IHusky LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 478

    If budget a factor then belt, but if you have the cash, then definately hydro.
  7. ha305

    ha305 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 68

    Do not get rid of the hydro if you do a lot of turning, and hills too. you will regret it immediately.

    SNAPPER MAN LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    I do small yards with alot of manuvaring and some big wide open yards and i use a belt drive and it is easy to use once you learn how to do true zero turns with it. Im 14 and run a belt better than most adults. Its a matter of what ur used to. I have only ever seen one hydro walkebehind here in houston because they are so expensive. Everything is belt.
  9. DillonsLawnCare

    DillonsLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,100

    there is no possible way to do a " true zero turn " with the belt drive. the gearbox is constantly going forward unless you reverse it manually. when turning, one tire stays put and the other one moves. it digs into the grass. i hate my belt drive. id go hydro. pas the offer up. theres many other better deals out there. what ive learned, is that you get what you pay for. youll regret it. dont do it. JMO :drinkup:
  10. J&T Kiev

    J&T Kiev LawnSite Senior Member
    from N.W In.
    Messages: 416

    If your on a budget a belt drive is a perfectly good machine. However, hydro is a third more productive, and has features absent from a belt drive. {instant true reverse, better maneuverability, no slipping belts in drenching wet working conditions, true Zero turn capability .} Hydro's are the more expensive but a more productive choice. For a primary mower, I wouldn't even consider a belt drive.

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