in defense of the WB

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Wayne Offiler, Jul 21, 2002.

  1. Wayne Offiler

    Wayne Offiler LawnSite Member
    Messages: 113

    (further on this subject)
    Most of my lawns are 12 - 20 M sq. ft, a few are 3/4 acre. I have demoed the Wright Stander and Toro 52" ZTR Rider. I decided that what I have can't be beat for these lawns: 52" Bunton hydro, 18 hp Vanguard, double blades and Proslide.
    1.) My properties have a lot of trees with widely overhanging, low branches. Step off the slide, stoop low and get that deck way out in front of me. No trim.
    2.) Machine weighs only 550 lbs, easy to control my turns, especially with these stressed lawns.
    3.) Go carefully around obstacles, trimming is minimal and quick. (can stick that out-front deck into tightest places)
    4.) Put larger tires on the Bunton, top speeed is now about 6 mph. Even on my larger lawns, thats about as fast as would be practical.
    5.) Its paid for.

    A good WB is not a dying breed. Any supporters?
  2. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    a good wb is hard to beat . especially if u know the machine.
  3. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,028

    I'm certainly not trying to change your mind but have you tried a Walker on these properties. It sounds like we have the same type of properties and I also have my wife using a Toro 44" hydro wb with a Proslide and I am much faster and less tired than she is since I am riding. The Walker isn't made for land speed record mowing but it certainly can fit under trees, around obstacles and in places that you wouldn't think it will go. It hugs hills like a goat also.
    I know a Walker isn't for everyone but I am glad that I invested in one for the work I do. Just something to think about. Good Luck.
  4. Tony Harrell

    Tony Harrell LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 739

    I'd think a Walker and a good walkbehind would be a terrific combination to have.
  5. TJLC

    TJLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,308

    I own both a w/b and z. I feel each has it's place. My w/b is what I started with and I know for sure I would be lost without it. If push came to shove and I had to give up one of my machines, it would be the z.
  6. Doc Pete

    Doc Pete LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,469

    I guess you don't read "my" posts:D And, after 20 years of mowing, my back ain't bothering me and I don't need to visit the gym, either. Long live WB's......Pete
  7. Doc Pete

    Doc Pete LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,469

    Yes in fact I did "buy" a walker. And, for properties I have with bumps and lumps and other rough ground, by the time I finished a few lawns I was plain worn out by getting bounced around. It got traded for two bobcat WB's the next day. 4 years later they were sold for two Hustlers WB's. Now I have the advantage of a WB and I'm faster and better cutting than a rider.........But, that's just me ;)
  8. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    As long as I am the boss, I will NEVER give up my WB's. I love my Ferris dual hydros. They are the most reliable pieces of equipment I have had in the past 8 years.

    Yeah, yeah, yeah...I know all about the Z's. Employees keep reminding me whenever they get the chance. Maybe next year.

    Maybe new employees instead? LMAO :D
  9. Doc Pete

    Doc Pete LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,469

    Or maybe a new Boss:D :D :D
  10. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Thanks're all heart!

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