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I got a John Deere Gs30. I mow small lawns but about 25 a week. I hear selkys and/or velkys are hard to turn and very uncomfortable. I seen professionals bending down so they can control it. It looks uncomfortable for peoples back. Is it worth it? Or what is better and what is the difference?
 

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Cheesedawg, The difference between a velkie and a sulky is that you sit down to ride on a sulky, stand to ride a velkie. I have a velkie x2 two wheeled velkie by wright mfg. I used to take a worse beating while riding. that is part of the reason I bought an exmark wb with a velkie. I have had no more back pain since making this switch. I is easy to control and actually kind of fun when you learn to lean into your turns a little bit. Even on my roughest accounts I feel no pain in my back or knees. It is a real time saver as well. on some accounts i can mow in high gear, which is pretty fast.
 

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I think that Velky is the name of a sulky manufacturer but I could be wrong. I use a similar setup an exmark wb with a 2 wheel jungle wheels velky or whatever and My dad says its more comfortable on rough turf than a ZTR rider its easy to control ,infact I find it to be easier than walking behind the mower because it helps keep you at the controls and you can go faster so that saves alot of time. Since time is money in this business i'd say its worth it.
Just get on that won't get in the way too much. I've only ever used the jungle wheels so I couldn't recommend anything but that.
 

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Originally posted by Cheesedawg1
I got a John Deere Gs30. I mow small lawns but about 25 a week. I hear selkys and/or velkys are hard to turn and very uncomfortable. I seen professionals bending down so they can control it. It looks uncomfortable for peoples back. Is it worth it? Or what is better and what is the difference?
Mowing with WB without sulky is like tiger without claws and teeth. Try one and you will see the huge diff. Saving your legs and muscle for other landscaping job that requires more sweat...
Sulky is common name for standing attachment which can be trailing or fixed caster type but velke is a sulky manufactured by Wright Mfg. (sulky can be both standing and sitdown)
 

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Mower Sulky is a brand just like Velky. I have a Mower Sulky 2 wheel stand (TS2000) on my Bunton. The reason so many of us use the mower stand is because of speed. Not only is it manuverable, but you can go a lot faster in open areas. You're right X-mow; time is money, and it is worth every penny.
 

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I agree with what locutus stated in his post. I've got a single wheel velke on my Toro, and I think it is great. When I first saw a velke, I wondered how in the world can anyone be comfortable standing on one of these things. I've mowed some pretty bumpy yards and I was not bothered at all. The velkes have pneumatic tires, so that helps cushion a lot of the bumps. Most people I have talked to prefer the single wheel velkes, because they say they will track better and not rock from side to side. But, everyone has their different opinions. Also, some have treaded tires, while some have slick tires. I've heard that the treaded tires a rougher on the turf, but I've had no problems with mine so far. I paid $260 for my velke at the dealer. Here is a pic of it.

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I've used the one wheeled, like shown above for MANY years. Tough, and easy to use. BUT, I just got the two wheeled Jungle Jims for my 36" TTHP, and the tracks look a LOT better now. All of my yards look like I use a 21" when I use the one wheeled. It puts that line in between the tires. You can get a little closer to things before turning with the one wheeled, but cut looks better with the two wheeled. IMHO.

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I used my mower without a sulky for half the season this year... I had a helper and we could just barely bang out 18 lawns in one day. and man i was tired after the day....
Then my bro had to go back to school... I thought it was time to get a sulky...It has cut my cutting time in half and I am much less tired at the end of the day...The only thing that hurts is my hands in between my thumb and point finger...
I got the trimmertrap bullrider sulky, since i have a hydro my main concern was to not sacrifice the instant backup...Not only did I not lose that but i have not lost the great trimming ablity of the machine!
A hydro-mower and a castored sulky are the way to go!!!!!!!!
 

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Originally posted by ElephantNest
I've used the one wheeled, like shown above for MANY years. Tough, and easy to use. BUT, I just got the two wheeled Jungle Jims for my 36" TTHP, and the tracks look a LOT better now. All of my yards look like I use a 21" when I use the one wheeled. It puts that line in between the tires. You can get a little closer to things before turning with the one wheeled, but cut looks better with the two wheeled. IMHO.

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i agree 100%
i just bought my first velke about a month ago and wish i bought a 2 wheeled one for the same reason.
it work great and save a bunch of time but i dont like the one wheel line between the 2 of the mower.
 

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I have a 2 wheeled Jungle Wheels on my 36" TTHP and I love them. It tracks very well and I'm impressed with the performance of it. It also improves striping as well, and we all know how important that is :D
 

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? for you guys with the trailing type sulkys on the hydro w/b's....
Do you still have to step off to reverse or can you guide the sulky backwards with your feet? I never used a midsize w/b before, so I was just wondering. The castoring type sounds like a good deal except for maybe swinging you out into a tree or something on sharp turns. I guess you get used to it though.
 

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Jason, my 2 wheeled Jungle Jim is so steady, that on the first day (late in the day hehe) I was able to back up instantly at almost full backing speed, never hopping off. Short little back ups, no probs. Now to go backwards for long you will run into some fishtailing. I could never just back up with the velkie as shown above, always had to step off. Never step off any more, or hardly ever , rather. I ride it up into and off of the trailer on the Jungle Jims.
 

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Originally posted by Scag48
I have a 2 wheeled Jungle Wheels on my 36" TTHP and I love them. It tracks very well and I'm impressed with the performance of it. It also improves striping as well, and we all know how important that is :D
Ditto, 2 wheeled Jungle Wheels rock! Castered is good but it is pain when doing small tighly landscaped lawn with lot of bush and flower, the trailing Jungle Wheels is much easier to negotiate and mow along the hill...from experience.
 
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