Walk Behind Controls...Pistol vs. Others

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jbell36, Feb 20, 2008.

  1. jbell36

    jbell36 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from KANSAS
    Messages: 1,449

    what are personal preferences on WB controls? i mean there are pistol, t-bar, t2 t-bar, semi-pistol, etc...my QUESTION is do other methods, considering i own a pistol grip, give you as much control? i know when my JD 48" hydro starts slipping on a hill i can put some weight on the handle bars and gain control, it just doesn't seem like you can do that with t-bars and other methods while it is still moving forward...

    also, anyone know anything about the T-2 T-Bar? like it?
  2. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,778

    I have one and love it...
  3. Military Lawns

    Military Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 323

    I have the T-Bar and Pistols. Both have there place in the business. I favor the pistols because it allows me to man handle the equipment when necessary. The T-Bar is smooth as silk when cutting a lawn with large paths and flowing flower beds.

    I comes down to a matter of choice!

  4. LCPullman

    LCPullman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 589

    The T-2 Bar is really nice. The H-Bar is also a good control system. I however haven't ever used a pistol grip. Truth is, I started with a T-bar gear and the few times I tried a pistol grip, I hated it (hard on your hands, takes more time to learn how to run, etc). So I've always gone with something else.
    The H-Bar you can easily put pressure down on the wheels. T2-Bar is a little harder, but it can still be done.
  5. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,778

    You have to use your forearms with the T2, yes I would imagine its harder, but its all I have ever used. As far as easy of use I cannot imagine controls easier to use then the T2. And with as much as the 40" T2 weights I have yet to see a hill it wouldnt stick to
  6. LCPullman

    LCPullman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 589

    That is right, I think the T2 is the easiest control system to use.
  7. metro36

    metro36 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,417

    I started with pistol grips so I have gotten used to them but I have to say I tried a t2 t bar last year and I really liked it. I do like the pistols best when going across hills. They help maintain traction because you can shift your wait to the slipping wheel.

    BOSCHERT LAWN CARE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 88

    i like the e.c.s. and also t-2 system.....but be sure to look into the new scag pro-v when its out.....by far the smoothest system on the market thus far
  9. ribbie78

    ribbie78 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 150

    same here. pistols are for cowboys

    ...seriously, back in my college days I started getting carpel tunnel probs using different pistol walkbehinds all the time. Do your body a favor and don't use 'em too much.
  10. Classified

    Classified LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 988

    I love the ECS on my exmarks

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