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Ok w/b guys, how much quicker is a velke than walking?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by justmjc, Mar 14, 2004.

  1. justmjc

    justmjc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 261

    How much time do you save with a velke? Has anyone timed the percentage vs just walking? Is it even possible to keep up with a w/b at full throttle without one?
  2. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    a lot of time. You can pick up a speed and also your fatigue is A LOT less
  3. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,246

    they suck!!!!!!!!!!!!!! because I suck using them:)
  4. justmjc

    justmjc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 261

    Ok, I know this guy who does 90 accounts using 52" 17hp w/b's, and him and another guy do it in about 42-44 hours per week. I'm trying to estimate how much time he's wasting because he doesn't use velkes on his machines. And since I use a rider, I'm trying to get an idea on what it would take me because I instantly get a few mph advantage over his w/b anyways. Thanks for your continued input guys.
  5. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    I would say 3 times faster...I have 6 big (52 and 61 inch) WBs' with velkes.
  6. plowman

    plowman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    If you like to walk real fast dont get one....... If you practice for about 10 minutes with one you will be fine. I would never go back to just walking. In some places you cant use a velke but you wont be going full speed in those areas. In my eyes you will never be happier with the time these things can save you once you get good with it.

  7. jajwrigh

    jajwrigh LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Martinsville, IN
    Messages: 1,405

    Do you primarily use wbs?
  8. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Yes, but also have 2 61" Z's and 3 72" Toro Groundsmasters too
  9. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Personally, I would take a WB over a Z or rider anyday...
  10. PaulJ

    PaulJ LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,774

    I agree with this.:D

    It does depend someone the mower. You need a machine that can use the speed gained by not walking. Something that won't bog down or start to cut poorly at higher speeds.

    something like this::cool:


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