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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by fourbybud, Jan 21, 2008.

  1. fourbybud

    fourbybud LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 196

    Hey everyone, this is my first post so I will try and make it quick.
    Since I have aquired more equipment than I really need I am getting rid of my 61" Great Dane Surfer.(I have 2 Steiners with 60" decks also) Anyway, I am thinking about getting a 36" to 48" walkbehind. I know everyone says hydro is the way to go but are belt drives really that bad????
    I have somewhat narrowed down my search to a Ferris UltrabeltGD or a Bob-Cat Classis Pro Gear-Drive. These are both available at the same place I deal with for my Steiners.
    Great place to deal with, never a problem. Been dealing with them for over 20 years.
    Any suggestions or input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
  2. WJW Lawn

    WJW Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,330

    You should check out Better Outdoor Products...Quick 36...44...they are Hydro units and you can get them for about the same price as a Belt. Trust me...you'll like Hydro better.
  3. Jerry Lee

    Jerry Lee LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 354

    we opperate two gravely walk behinds a 32" and a 36" and there both belt driven which isnt half bad as long as u pay attention to ur turn radious and think ahead of every move because backin up is a pain in the butt and u have to replace the drive belt to the wheels because they will get stretched with a seasons use, but if u do lots of residential and dont feel like weedeating the corners u cant fit into defiantly go for hydro, i would go for scag myself if u want quality of cut performance and durability check out there site.

    ur welcome: Jerry Lee
  4. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,021

    The belts are not as good as the hydrous if they get wet:drinkup:
  5. 2 clowns mowing

    2 clowns mowing LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 566

    will sell you my 2007 toro gear drive 36"wide deck, t-bar steering, with sulky less than 8 hours on it. found i never used it so i'm selling paid $3000 sell for $2300 will meet you haftway, say north end columbus to help on shipping. let me know 937-266-6351 ps. quick 36 has only one hydro and they are hard to steer.
  6. lawnwizards

    lawnwizards LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,439

    i've had a bobcat classic for about 5 years now. cuts excellent and leaves a nice stripe even without the roller. it has a 15 hp kohler. if you get a belt i dont think you will be disappointed with the bobcat. very sturdy machine as well. goodluck with your search.
  7. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,456

    Very good advise and a good buy....go for this one!
  8. nograss

    nograss LawnSite Member
    Messages: 116

    Buy Either Of The 2 Tanks. They Will Last 2000 Hrs Easy If You Take Care Of Them. Great Warranty And Dependable. Great On Hills Or Slopes. The New Scag Has New Steering System So Maybe I'de Wait A Year, But The Ferris Is Tried And Tested. BOTH ARE HYDRO. NO BELT DRIVE IS WORTH THE EFFORT.
  9. lawnprosteveo

    lawnprosteveo LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Messages: 1,930

    No, the belts arent as good as the hydros but they are cheaper....My front line mower is a Deere Quik Trak which is a hydro Ztr type mower...my 36" Toro is now basically a get thru gates backyard mower.

    I just cant justify paying alot of money for a backyard only mower.
  10. Lugnut

    Lugnut LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 551

    Gear driven walkbehinds are often under estimated in my opinion, they are very capable of getting the job done and are alot cheaper than hydros

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