"Sorry" to ask which walk behind to buy

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by DEA, Jun 30, 2004.

  1. DEA

    DEA LawnSite Member
    Messages: 55

    I'm new here. Great site btw.
    Sorry to ask this type of question again. Tried the search deal
    But for personal use (right now).
    I have a sloping(hilly) yard with several trees.
    Getting ready to retire or trade in my older JD 300.
    I first started lookin at some riders JD,Simplicity,Husqavarna you get the idea.
    Then some zrt's. Mostly ruled them out because of the sloping(hilly) terrain with trees
    Then the salesman highly recomended a walk behind.I didn't think much of it at first.
    Untill I tried one out at a dealer.Exmark Viking. That thing is nice:D That thing is $2000.00 more than a belt drive:(
    The hydro is nice but is it for personal use?
    Looked at the Quick 36 on thier web site only 2000.00 looks appealing but not really a true zrt hydro.
    Please give some suggestions and ideas on what others to look at.Is the hydro worth the 2 grand
  2. EastProLawn

    EastProLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,110

    For home use I think the Quick 36 just might be the ticket. I don't think you will find anything brand new for less.
  3. Liberty Lawncare

    Liberty Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 484

    I have a LESCO 48 belt drive 15 hp kawasaki I mow 37 lawns a week with it. I live in Connecticut we have lots of steep hills. This walk behind has a fixed deack it is verry rigid does excelent on hills across not up down. The big drawback to belt drive is you cant mow in the rain. Mowing in the rain is not good but sometimes it must be done.
    The mower was a good deal 2,300 new.
  4. chefdrp

    chefdrp LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,384

    if you are looking at a w/b, check out Lesco.I have a new 48 inch h/d,float deck. Just demo some and go for it. Def get a sulky. I wasnt going to but just love it. You cant get the full efect of a w/b if you dont use a sulky. Who wants or can jog at 6 mph all day?
  5. chefdrp

    chefdrp LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,384

    Oh, heres a pic of mine. mower and sulky. sulky has casters that make it nice for a h/d.
  6. chefdrp

    chefdrp LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,384

    oops. sorry about that.try again

    sample pics 058.jpg
  7. RobH

    RobH LawnSite Member
    Messages: 142


    You will see many threads on the hyrdo vs. belt drive. If you can somehow swing it, go hydro. You won't be sorry. I'm a homeowner and I'm trading in my beltdrive machine for a hydro this year.

    It is definitely a lot more money but so much easier to use. So much less wear and tear on your body. I know you are talking about personal use only, but it will just make your life a lot easier and will last you a really long time.

    There are many good commercial brands out there. I'd probably choose based on good dealer support. Good luck with your decision.
  8. DEA

    DEA LawnSite Member
    Messages: 55

    Thanks for the guick replies
    chefdrp the Lesco looks nice.
    I'll keep looking
    I know the hydro would be nicer
    I'd like to see the Better Quick 36 but don't want a long distance service agreement.
  9. mkwl

    mkwl LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,700

    Get a Bob-Cat WB!!!!!!! I love my Bob-Cat 48", belt drive, w/15 hp Kawasaki engine, it is a fantastic machine!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It cuts and stripes really well and does very well on hills!!!
  10. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,177

    If anything. I want to see some pics of your JD 300. I collect JD tractors (hobby) and I don't have a 300, but I have a model 20 loader to mount on it. KY not that far from MD.

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