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Just bought a Big Dog R-748 Power Bar mower

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by doublesharp, Sep 13, 2013.

  1. Outlawn

    Outlawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 735

    So the bar turns left or right to steer and the throttle is one piece, like a scooter at Walmart? It looks in the pics like the front wheels are still casters, so the rear wheels and pumps still do the turning, like on a ZTR? How does that work?
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  2. doublesharp

    doublesharp LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 365

    The front wheels are casters and the rear wheels do the pulling. I'm not certain what the dynamics are but it's easy to drive, I like a ztr better but I have no problems with this. I've never driven a WMS so I can't say how they work but this mower has a throttle bar that is the same left or right handed. Makes it a good one handed mower. It turns like a zero turn but after about an hours use I would not recommend this over a zero turn, except for price. However, my wife does not like ztrs but she likes this. You know what I'm thinking......;)

    The Kaw FR651 is plenty of power and the deck cuts good. Starts easy, just a light choke when cold and then just bump the key. I love the Hustler ht adjust system, it's a little better than Bob-Cat's imho and the smaller tires/lighter wt don't seem to divot the yard. For the 3/4 acre this will mow regularly, it's perfect and I consider it adequate back up for my 4 acre lot and rentals. I can run it backwards straight enough to blow a driveway and I'm sure I'll get better with practice. It's easy to edge but there's not much trim edge, only about 2". I don't have much slope so I can't say how it holds but I expect it could get squirrely. I have no buyer's remorse.

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