w/b belt drive & sulky

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by 4ywemo, Aug 9, 2003.

  1. 4ywemo

    4ywemo LawnSite Member
    from ILL
    Messages: 2

    Thinking of buying a 52 inch belt driven walk behind. One dealer tells me, a belt drive won't pull a sulky. The next dealer tell me it will pull it. Anyone have a 52 inch pulling around a 200lb rider? Thanks...
  2. I had 44" toros and 48" lesco's pulling velkes behind them.

    One guy I had was 280... no problem, just have to step off it going up a hsteep hill.

    This is my youngen, got an early start, pic is for the velke on a belt drive 48"

    my kid on lesco.jpg
  3. grassdaddy

    grassdaddy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 565

    I have 17hp belt drive,I weigh 220 son 225 pulls us around good unless steep hills,with 52 you need at least 19.others may say a 12hp with 60"dec will pulla 300lb man on a 1 wheel sulky through 12"wet grass up hill and never bog.:eek:
  4. bastalker

    bastalker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 965

    The belts might slip a little if its wet. Stepping off the velke going up hill is no problem. I am 200 lbs and my 48" would slip when it was really wet.
  5. CTservices

    CTservices LawnSite Member
    Messages: 103

    I used a Scag 12.5 hp kaw on a 36" WB belt, one wheel velkey, and me ....250lbs...pulled ok....pulls better now with a 18hp kohler. :D

    BRIAN GALLO LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 282

    I am amazed every time I read a post with this question, because these dealers that tell people they can't tow a sulky on a belt drive either have no clue or are just trying to sell hydro's. I am 200 lbs., and have pulled myself with single wheel sulkies on everything from a 9hp Snapper 32 gear drive with single width belts and never wore out a belt letalone broke a transmission! The only way I can see breaking a peerless trans, aside from a factory defect, would be trying to force a shift under a load. This will break the trans regardless of a sulky or not. I have a sulky on all of my machines, regardless of deck size and engine size, and I have all hills around me. You will be fine putting one on. ;)
  7. bommaritro

    bommaritro LawnSite Member
    Messages: 151

    Same as CT except I got another 50-75lbs on him depending onthetime of the day (Before or after lunch):D :D

  8. GrassBustersLawn

    GrassBustersLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 981

    I'm 6'5" and 285 and my 36" Metro HP belt drive pulls me on my sulky just fine.

  9. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    we have a 32 and 52" inch belt driven and they pull me, 230lbs
  10. pottstim

    pottstim LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 501

    I've got a belt-drive Toro Proline 48 with the kawasaki 15hp twin. I am 6'1 and 220. The mower has no problems at all pulling me on the velke. That dealer is full of it.

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