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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by swalsh, Oct 11, 2013.
Thank you Roger, I will do my homework
There are only a few commercial 36" WBs less than 400 lbs...and some will edge up over 650 lbs. Will estimate that most are around 475-550 lbs with belt drives being lighter than hydro models.
A real key to comparing them as far as rutting goes is the rear/drive tire size in relation to weight. Many of the manufacturers have gone to a wider rear tire over the years...so buying an older model may not have the updated wider tires.
there are walk behinds, standers, and ztrs in general. a lot of companies make each variety. as for standers, wright was the original one, and a lot of people say its the best.
If things aren't too tight or you aren't mowing a lot of steep hills I'd get a rider. I used to mow 30 medium sized residential yards a week with a 34in WB and it wore me out. I now run a gravely Pro Turn 148. It currently fits through all my clients gates except for one, and that ones backyard is small you have to use a 21in mower. Down the road as I expand I'll probably buy another 34in walk behind to do backyards with small gates if the need arises but until then I'm sticking with a ZTR, I'm much less fatigued after a day of mowing than I was when I was mowng with just a WB.
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I agree, the wright standerz are incredible on the hills! If your concerned about weight being an issue for a walk mower, you need to get yourself a Ybravo. I currently own one in my fleet, and the thing is all we use on the residential lawns, when there has been rain in the neighborhood. They are not nearly as heavy as the exmark/toro, but go with the Ybravo 25".