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Walk Behinds

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MikeGA, Mar 8, 2001.

  1. MikeGA

    MikeGA LawnSite Member
    Messages: 101

    I have never used a commercial walk behind mower, but are they really walk behinds or are they more like jog behind or run behind or draggers? Some one told me they move on at a pretty good pace.
  2. Island Lawn

    Island Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 632

    Ive only used my new 48 wb a few times and 1st gear is only used in the tight spots. On the straight-aways, I can slip it into 4th or 5th and open my stride to a fast walk. It did sling me around the corners a few times till I learned to slow down. I've got small yards and do most of my cutting in 2nd and 3rd till I gain more experience.
    Dont tell anybody, but Im having a lot of fun doin what I do!
  3. joshua

    joshua LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,226

    mike do you own a walk behind? if not its not all that hard,when i started out it took me about 2 weeks before the season started ( 4 years ago) to get the hang out it. i went to the dealer and he showed me everything and told me to practice everyday before i go out and cut. i'm saying the same thing go to a dealer and ask him to show you how to run one, if he wants a sale he will. good luck with what you do.
  4. cleancut

    cleancut LawnSite Member
    Messages: 222

    Buy a velke and you won't have to worry about walking or jogging....You'll just go along for the ride...It'll be one of the best investments that u ever make...I don't know what I would do without mine..Derrick
  5. Grassman

    Grassman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 203

    Most importantly, consider your control options. Stay away from pistol grips or you'll get CTS. Take a look at Toros or the new Exmarks. Lot's of guys will side with their pistol grips but if you get one you'll know what I mean in about 2 months. Good luck, Russ
  6. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
    Messages: 3,485

    All good advice above!

    Toro, Great Dane, Hustler, or Exmark have good systems. Has far as how fast? You control that, go as slow as you wish or run behind it, it's up to you! My Great Dane Scamper has an adjustabl bar that allows you to control the throttle, sorta like a speed governer. I prefer the velkie myself.
  7. Chopper Lover

    Chopper Lover LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 288


    Should you opt to get a Velke, which is a great idea, be very aware of where your feet and ankles are if by chance you start moving backwards. Moving backwards while standing on a Velke is a VERY, VERY, VERY, VERY BAD IDEA! (Did I get that across OK?) That does not mean it won't happen some way, somehow. It would only take a second to twist underneath you and make you fall down. Once you hit the ground you are at the mercy of God as to where you end up in relation to that mower with its blades spinning.

    Maybe consider getting a grass catcher also. I would hope buying a new walk behind, Velke & catcher would be cheaper as a package.

    Good Luck and Happy Mowing!

  8. Atlantic Lawn

    Atlantic Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Outer Banks NC
    Messages: 949

    In the summer you need to ride by 10 am, it's just too hot and humid here or in Ga for that matter. Buy a velkie, after a week you won't leave home without it.
  9. dhicks

    dhicks Member
    Messages: 770

    I love my Hustler 48 WB. No CTS here.

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