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Hydro vs Belt Drive

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by drewskee032, Oct 19, 2006.

  1. drewskee032

    drewskee032 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 56

    I mow about 13 lawns per week and am looking into buying an eXmark lawn mower. I think I'm either going to get a TTHP (hydro drive 17 hp) which is $5000 out the door, or a TTHP (belt drive 15 hp) which my dealer said would be $4000 out the door. If i mowed lawns for another 4 yrs, which one would you guys get? The hydro or belt? For you guys who have the belt drives, do you like them? Did you wish that you had gotten a hydro?

  2. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    Hydro:) only:waving:
  3. Total.Lawn.Care

    Total.Lawn.Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 840

    I have an Exmark Belt drive. I got it used,, so the price was right and it does not get used that often. However, I wish I had a Hydro. Right now it is not on the upper list of priorites, but it would be nice. Maybe a year or two down the road for me.
  4. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,612

    My belt drive Gravely didn't work in the rain, the belts slipped. Consider hydro for mowing in all conditions.

    However, for $5K i'd get a used ZTR. No question.
  5. drewskee032

    drewskee032 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 56

    I'm only doing small residental lawns and there are lots of steep slopes so I'm definetly going to get a WB.
  6. Lynden-Jeff

    Lynden-Jeff LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,405

    Put it this way. I bought a belt drive, used it for 10 hours and sold it for hydro.

  7. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    A hydro walk is great on hills and in tight places.
  8. SPJ Lawnscape

    SPJ Lawnscape LawnSite Member
    from Indy
    Messages: 1

    For hills and tight area hydro is the only way to go. But are you sold only on Exmark? Have you looked at anything else. Those prices seem high.
  9. drewskee032

    drewskee032 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 56

    Why would a hydro drive be better on hills? Would the belt slip on the belt drive?
  10. extremerc76

    extremerc76 LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 93

    i have all belt drive stuff, and they work great. you just have to change the belts every once and a while. for 13 residential lawns i would stick with belt. if money isn't a problem go hydro, since hydro is by far a much better unit.

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