Right now I am mowing 25 lawns a week with a John Deere 120. I am ready to buy a walk behind possbily a John Deere GS45 or GS 75. Those are the regular walk behinds or should I go hydro? Not sure on what is better?
skag--your productivity figures of your professional machine over some 21 inch pusher sounds reasonable.Originally posted by Scag48
I've cut my mowing times by 65% on most properties over a 21", maybe more. The productivity of a hydro over a belt is 40%, you do the math. More lawns in less time = profit.
hahaha! thanks skag fot that little correction!Originally posted by Scag48
Oops, my bad Geo. The 40% figure was Exmark's mulching sales pitch. .... I think 20% or so productivity gain with hydro is sufficient.
BTW, bring it on, Lesco don't scare me!
nest--sorry to repeat you whole post. and I'm not arguing but I don't see your numbers working out.Originally posted by ElephantNest
The "40%" increase is true, from what I've learned. It is a 40% increase over the life of the mower, I believe. Not for one yard. Factoring in an average of accounts, wet, dry, tall, short, etc.
Easily a 20% increase on a yard to yard basis, maybe more. When you have mastered the Zero turn, which a belt cannot do, you will see a large increase of production. Only with 10 yards a day, save 5 or 10 minutes each yard....you see my point. I've used a Viking for 10 years or more, owned a belt 36", and sold it, now I just got the TTHP 36", there really is no comparison IMHO. Belt was slower, wet or dry, handling response was slow and labored, and seemed to need more up-keep. My TTHP is SO smooth, and responsive, and fast and agile that I would NEVER consider a belt drive again UNLESS it was a 32" for back yards only....then MAYBE I could justify it....maybe.