Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Clint, Nov 28, 2001.

  1. Clint

    Clint LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 97

    I'm wondering about steering of the WB lawn mowers.. between the brands is there much difference between the pistol grip steering? I know toro has a tbar option, and exmark has a "ecs" option, how are those? Taking in consideration I will be on this baby most of the day I'd want something confortable and easy.. any suggestions?

  2. Clint

    Clint LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 97

    Also, I was wondering if I need to run a 15 or 17 HP engine on it, how much difference powerwise is it? I dont want any bogging down I suppose im getting at, will a 15 bog?

    Thanks again,
  3. andyslawns

    andyslawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 83

    i personally have t bars. they are really easy to run and get used to.they require no stregth at all. i have used pistol grips and have hated it. (probably because the t- bar spoiled me!). as for you engine question there are a lot of variables, how big of a deck, are you riding or standing, are the areas that you are mowing hilly or flat? personally i like all the power i can get my hands on. just my 2 cents worth .
  4. fshrdan

    fshrdan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 142

    Some people claim to get CTS from pistol grips. I own 2 Toro WB's, have used pistol grips though. Hated them. T-bar is a piece of cake.
  5. clint

    A 15 is alright on a 36inch.

    If youre considering the hydro 48 or larger get that 17 horse hydros never have enough power
  6. joshua

    joshua LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,226

    clint, on a 36 15 would be a little to much but it will do, the grip it up to you, you have to go with what you like the ecs on exmark is great, the pistel grip on the exmark does take a toll on your wrist, but exmark will be switching to all ecs next year. demo, demo, demo, and see what feels best for you.
  7. edward hedrick

    edward hedrick LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 871

    I like the T bar, I put one on my 52 Lesco works great. easier
    to use. To stop a pistol grip squeeze both hands. On a T bar
    just let go of the handle, Also your hands are inside the handle.
    On PGs your hands are outside hitting walls and trees.
  8. Clint

    Clint LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 97

    Okay, I have looked at toros, but im convinced that the exmark is a better mower, what do you think.

    Im new to the business so im not sure about demos. What do I just go drive it around in the parking lot or can I take it out and mow with it for a day or what? and how do i go about getting a demo?

    im goin with a belt drive 48", i think i need a 17 HP but how much more is it?

    When do the new models come out? after christmas? since the exmarks are all going to the "ECS" will the price of the metro hp go up or stay the same?

    Thanks again!
  9. edward hedrick

    edward hedrick LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 871

    Some dealers have field days. Most dealers will bring equipment to your site. I demoed a Exmark LC when my Scag was in for
    maintenance. I run a 14 Kawi on my 52 Lesco. If your looking at
    a 48 fixed deck, try a Lesco or a Scag
  10. nedlm

    nedlm LawnSite Member
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