Hydro or Manual on hilly/uneven terrian???

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by OZZIE3155, Apr 21, 2008.

  1. OZZIE3155

    OZZIE3155 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    Hello, I've got a hilly or uneven terrian yard and was wondering if a hydro or manual zero turn would be best. I had heard that I would ruin a hydro in a year or so. Is there any truth to this? Also, I can purchase a New John Deere Z225 for $2350 or Z245 for $2950...are these good deals? I have 1 1/4 acres to mow.
  2. ealbertson

    ealbertson LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 256

    I'm not sure what you mean by a manual zero turn. All zero turn riders anyway that I know of are hydros. Walk behinds in most cases come with either belt drive or hydro. As far as hills wearing out a hydro, I haven't heard that one. I would definitly suggest going with a hydro. My only experience is with eXmark which I have had belt drive and now all hydros. The belts tend to slip when they get wet and you have to manually (with your knee) shift them. I don't know anything about John Deere so I can't help you there.

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