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WB Questions

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by willjones4, Nov 29, 2007.

  1. willjones4

    willjones4 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 123

    I have been talking to several LCO owners and others about mowers lately. I have about 15 accounts and used a JD tractor and some homeowner crap this year. Id like a ZTR but I know I cant really afford it with the money I have (I also need to get my trimmer, blower, etc outta this $4K). One guy told me that with the walk behind you cant keep up with it walking after 2nd gear. Is this true? I wouldnt mind having a sulky but I dont know if the wb could pull my big ass (6'5 325 lbs). Any advice is apprecated.
  2. willjones4

    willjones4 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 123

    btw, Id like something with a floating deck...
  3. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 2,994

    Wow, you are a big fella!
    That being the case.....think about looking for a used hydro WB. I don't recall seeing a belt drive with a floating deck and the hydros would probably pull your giant-self around easier than a belt drive would. I currently use a 48" belt drive WB with Jungle Wheels. It does fine. I can put it in 3rd gear and keep up with it without the sulky, at a brisk pace. You should be able to stretch the $4000 to buy what you need if you buy a used mower and new handhelds......you'll probably have a couple hundred left over.
  4. jiggz

    jiggz LawnSite Senior Member
    from jerz
    Messages: 646

    i can keep up with my bobcat 15hp 32 in 3rd, 4th if im feeling good

    TREEGUARD LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 303

    Belt drive mowers 4th gear all day. Someone of your size you might want to use a hydro or get your self a stander you'll have no problems with that.
  6. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    For a dude your size, go with a hydro, and it will pull you all over the country side all day everyday. A two wheeled sulky is a must, and get a TOUGH one. You, in particular, will want to keep your sulky tires pumped up a bit hard, too.
  7. willjones4

    willjones4 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 123

    Thanks for all the replies guys. Hydro it is. I was thinking two wheeled sulky too, as one wheel might dig a trench all over the turf with me on it! Thnaks again...:waving:
  8. willjones4

    willjones4 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 123

    I have zero knowledge of those. Have any recommendations?

    SNAPPER MAN LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    I use my 15hp 32" mower in 4th gear all day with no sulky. Its a matter of what your used to.
  10. paul vroom

    paul vroom LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 260

    I am 6-4 225. I was 250 on a good day. I use a quick 36 sam and walk. It paid off with the weight loss. It really toned up my tummy, legs and buns. My wife calls me stud again. :weightlifter: Think about it, good luck.

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