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Hydro Walkbehinds

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by turfsolutions, Oct 2, 2003.

  1. turfsolutions

    turfsolutions LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 854

    I am looking to purchase a 52 inch hydro walkbehind to complement my exmark z hp rider. I am tired of the turfing on my small to mid size lawns caused by the rider. I am particular about striping so I am looking for the brand mower that will give the nicest cut. I am leaning toward a Bobcat or Scag. Any imput would be appreciated.
  2. lawncare3

    lawncare3 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,981

    Bobcat stripes great as just a stock mower. Here there are hardly any ohters then bobcats.

    btw: Bobcats are green. :)
  3. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    why are you not considering another exmark?
  4. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Messages: 4,739

    all three stripe great, I had a Scag and now have eXmark, both striped equally well in most grasses. I've seen Bob cat and buntons stripe nice as well.
  5. Jimmy348

    Jimmy348 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 133

    I m in the same position. But why not an exmark and why not belt as opposed to the hydro. My Z (3 point, slow, creep or whatever turn) has been good but tough on my smaller lawns. Spoke to a dealer and he said only difference between hydro and belt is that the belt will slip in wet weather. Other than that the hydro is a waste of money. I duno? What do ya think?
  6. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    I used to be a strong believer in belts only until the day that I bought my first hydro...I will never go back to a belt ever again. Production has increased, maintenance on the machines decreased, time spent on properties has decreased, etc.
  7. GeorgiaGrassMan

    GeorgiaGrassMan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 147

    I think your dealer must have some belt drives to move. Just my opinion, but I think he is giving you very bad information. I'm with Tiedeman - I ain't going back to the belt! Search for the half million or so threads on here about belts versus hydros for all the details.
  8. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,143

    Never had a belt drive, always hydros from day one. No complaints from me.

  9. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Our Ferris 52" WB's leave a nice stripe I think.
  10. TJLC

    TJLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,308

    I have 2 Exmark 48" TTHP's and really like them. As far as belt drives, some people seem to like and prefer them. I have owned and used both. Trust me, pay the difference, get a hydro, IMHO. Exmark has the full size TT in a 52"cut, I believe with a 23 Kaw, unless that has changed. Good luck and like they say, demo, demo and demo.

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