question about the quick 36

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by The Curious Porpoise, Jan 6, 2006.

  1. The Curious Porpoise

    The Curious Porpoise LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    can some one please clarify for me.... i thought i remember a while back some one saying how the quick 36 only has one hydro pump, while virtually all other hydro's have 2 pumps... first of all, am i correct about the quick 36 only having one pump? and secondly, what are the ramifications of such a mower only having one pump instead of two?
  2. Leroy's Lawns

    Leroy's Lawns LawnSite Member
    from NY
    Messages: 36

    Only has one pump.

    The ramifications, despite the protestations of owners, is that it's not as maneuverable as a unit w/two pumps.

    You gotta manhandle no matter what they try & tell you. Also not as good on slopes.

    Had me a single hydro for a day, that was enough.

    Looks like a good mower for the price though.

    Hang Ten Dude.
  3. GPDesign1

    GPDesign1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 428


    The Quick 36 mowers are single drive hydros, meaning they have a fixed displacement pump and a variable displacement hydraulic motor. The hydraulic motor then drives through an enclosed geartrain/differential (much like your car or truck) and then finally to both drive wheels.

    The biggest benefit of a hydro (especially on a walk-behind product) is the ability to match the speed that you want to walk and also the ability to change directions instantly without clutching or shifting. If you have a lot of low-hanging shrubbery for example, the hydro allows you to pull in, back out, pull in... without all of the stopping, clutching, latching, shifting, unlatching, pulling, latching, shifting....etc. one has to put up with from a typical belt-drive mower. The hydro makes a HUGE difference, providing ease of use in real-world situations.

    The Quick 36 does have limitations on hills over about 20 degrees because of the differential. But unless you're mowing flood retention dams or earthen retaining walls, it'll do just fine in the majority of situations. As a general rule with a few exceptions, if grass will grow on it, you can cut it with a Quick 36.

    People who own our machines are almost always surprised at how easy it is to steer. It's true that you do have to steer it with the handles, but it requires very little effort. A couple of the reasons for this are the lightweight (75-175 lbs. lighter than competitive machines) and our very short length. Besides delivering a beautiful quality of cut, the 3-blade deck on the Quick 36 makes the mower 15-20" shorter front to rear. This gives the operator much better leverage over the machine and makes the front end go where you point it with very little "man-handling". To illustrate the point, we sold a machine last week to a lady landscaper who weighs 100 lbs soaking wet. She had shopped and studied commercial walk-behinds for six months and demo'd virtually every brand out there (spreadsheets were involved!). She ended up buying one of our Super-Duty mowers because she said it was the only 36" out there that she could comfortably handle.

    Let me know if you have any other questions and we'll do our best to answer them.

  4. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,569

    I know you just joined LS a couple of days ago and are posting away and that's great and I know you also mean well. But in this case you are not correct in what you are talking about with the Q36

    We are presently testing a Q36 Super Duty for TURF Magazine. It wouldn't be fair to say alot about it prior to that article so I won't. I can tell you that this is one nice machine, esp for the money, and that's not a sales pitch. There's nothing in it for me and those that know me and those that have read other test I did for TURF know I shoot straight and write from an LCO's opinion, not a "salesmans".

    While yes double may of cousre do somewhat better than single hyrdos you really can't tell the difference at all on the will ZERO TURN with the best of them and with little effort. As matter of fact it's funny that Gary posted what he did above, because in one of the pictures we have taken for our report we have a 5'2" 105 pound female employee using the Q36 SD with ease.

    And I tell you what else, I don't think you will fine a nicer bunch of folks to work with than those at Better.

    Look for the upcoming article in TURF magagzine.

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