Walk Behind pros and cons

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Hiway, Mar 23, 2004.

  1. Hiway

    Hiway LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    I am wondering what size WB to buy. I have a Exmark Lazer 60" deck and a Great Dane Super surfer 52" deck. I was thinking of a 36" or 44" Toro T-Bar proline. How big of a difference is there between gear and hydro. I have been doing my smaller stuff and some trimming with a push mower 21". It works but dosn't always leave a nice cut and takes a bit longer.
  2. MudslinginFX4

    MudslinginFX4 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,170

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  3. LB Landscaping

    LB Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 1,309

    I'm looking at the same size just an Exmark instead. It will be used for the same reasons you listed, just small stuff the Z's can't get. I would love a hydro but can't justify the extra cost for the amount we will use it especially if I only go with a 36". If you have alot of hills consider the hydro it will perform much better. I have also been told that a belt drive sucks for using a sulky.
  4. Peakpm

    Peakpm LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    36"or 44" would depend on if you can fit the 44" in all the places
    You need to why get a 36" if a 44" will fit, it save you a little time. The hydro will cost a little more but if you like the response and feel of the two mowers you have now you will want the hydro.
    Good luck
  5. ElephantNest

    ElephantNest LawnSite Bronze Member
    from La.
    Messages: 1,878

    I have a 60" LazerZ and the 36" TTHP, perfect pair. Hydro all the way. Since the 36" is used for mainly backyards, the hydro is a must for me. Love the instant full speed reverse, zero turn capabilities, smoothness of the ECS, all make doing the tight spaces a breeze.
  6. strayer1

    strayer1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 45

    belt drives work good with sulkies,just not soo good when grass is really wet or its raining...dont count on reverse with the belt drives because its only a assist.
  7. cao

    cao LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Why don't try our walk behinds?
    We in China can manufacture 32 inch and 36 inch and 48 inch lawn mwoer,maily exporting to American markets,which have found popularity in usres.So We strongly commend our WB to you.
  8. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,967

    Unless you're going to have crew members to operate all of you're equipment, I suggest a small wb. A 32 or 36 to get into gated yards. I've got a 32 Bob-Cat and it will get into just about anywhere.
  9. yz250fpilot

    yz250fpilot LawnSite Member
    Messages: 168

    I just picked up a hydro 36" walkbehind for cutting this year. It has been in use for a couple of weeks now. One thing that I really notice is that I can stick it in tight places and not have to worry about turning around. The hydro allows me to back up quickly without ever stepping off the jungle wheels. I can mow some tight stuff and never walk a bit. I have been hauling a 21" with me just in case I somehow had a real tight area to mow, but it looks like the 36" hydro works nicely for all the small areas so far. I have never used a belt drive walkbehind, but from the sound of it, "reverse assist" does not sound nearly as easy or productive to use.
  10. GPDesign1

    GPDesign1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 428

    You might want to take a look at:


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