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Need to buy a hydro

upsondown

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
culpeper, va
OK fellers - I know there are some archive posts - but as many are old ones - I need some new info from you guys........ If you were gonna buy a new Hydro - which one would you go with? And why? and How much would you pay? So many questions....so little time. We're in the market to buy and looking at the options but need to make a decision this week so any help would - as always - be greatly appreciated.
Thanks,
Dave
 

brucec32

LawnSite Platinum Member
Location
Atlanta, GA
What size? What will it be used for? Full time or just when a ZTR won't do? What's your budget limit?

I researched them a lot and came down with the following short list:

1. Hustler Hydro wb or super wb.
2. Gravely Pro Steer Hydro


They both have easier to use steering systems, don't require neutral lock or shifting to change speed, offer floating decks for ease of height adjustment and cut quality on bigger decks, big 18" tires, fast top speed, rugged construction, established brands, etc.

The Hustler offers more hp in some versions. The Gravely offers higher blade tip speed.
 

PaulJ

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Columbus, NE
After researching several brands and practically memorizing the specs and features of half a dozen different mowers I chose the Hustler super walk behind. I got the 48" with 23hp and added a Bull rider sulky and large Accelerator catcher. This was the only one that had all the features I wanted in one machine. I wanted a walkbehind built like a rider. Hydro, floating deck, plenty of power, large tires, electric clutch, deep baffled deck, NOT pistol grips, and fast. I like it more every day.

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John Gamba

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
ct
I have found for 04 that i needed a walk for hills and some smaller props, it also had to look the same as the lazer with the striping roller. Well i picked the 04 turf tracer 60'" 23 kohler. So far my pick has been correct.

Its a little longer then most BUT it rides better and handles the sulky really sweet, The striping roller is great too also you can put alot of after market options like the ezchute OCDC. If quality of cut is important then the 5.5" deep deck with a blade speed of 18500 will fill the bill. The 200lb clutch will carrie you threw the thick stuff with ease.
Try and demo the mower thats best fits your needs, It could be exmark or hustler or even a swisher:D But demo!!!!!

John

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brucec32

LawnSite Platinum Member
Location
Atlanta, GA
If you don't mind the ECS/Pistol grip type steering and can live with a slightly lower top speed, the Exmark would be a top choice also. They're a little pricey.
 

John Gamba

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
ct
Originally posted by brucec32
If you don't mind the ECS/Pistol grip type steering and can live with a slightly lower top speed, the Exmark would be a top choice also. They're a little pricey. [/QUOT

It has the ultracut :p

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John Gamba

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
ct
Have a great season Bruce LOLOLOL

John
 
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