WB's or ZTR's for quality of cut

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by eclipselawn, Jun 3, 2004.

  1. eclipselawn

    eclipselawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    I have a 36 in. Walker and have in the past had a 36 in. toro WB. I seem to remember the Toro giving a better qualiyt of cut and have not been completely satisfied with the walker.

    My question is, does a WB give a better cut or does a ZTR. I do not want to hear about all the other bs about how a Z is better than a WB. Only answer about the quality of the cut please.
  2. chuckers

    chuckers LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 657

    i like my scag walkbehind over my ztr
  3. Top Notch

    Top Notch LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    My Scag Z cuts nicer than my Scag walk behind.

    I'm talking about quality of cut, not typical ZTR rah-rah about productivity.
  4. chuckers

    chuckers LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 657

    well i think my problem is i go to fast with my z
  5. brucec32

    brucec32 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,403

    It obviously varies from model to model, deck size to deck size, and brand to brand, and even by grass types.

    I cut my somewhat tall St. Augustine front yard yesterday with a 44" toro wb. Looked good, even striped decently, but did leave about half a dozen strays for whatever reason. For some reason my 32" exmark deck equipped wb has been doing the same. Very few, but more than the ZTR leaves.

    I cut the back with the Exmark ZTR. Even cutting a tougher grass, Bahia at about 8mph vs. 4mph walking behind the Toro, it looked great and no stringers. So the ZTR won this round.

    On really wet ground, maybe a different story. But I was just marveling at how much easier the job was and how much faster I got done with the ZTR.

    I would say the best productivity vs. cut quality compromise would happen on a compact ZTR with wide tires, being careful to watch your speed and turn carefully.
  6. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    Riders have big front tires that MAT the grass down. Walks have smaller front tires and a lot less weight.
  7. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,700

    Some people call those stripes. Just see the latest stripe pic thread for excellant examples. ;)

    My 60" Dixie lays a better cut than my 36" Exmark. The Dixie cut just seems smoother and more uniform.
  8. onelegjohn

    onelegjohn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 77

    My Scag SWZ walk behind cuts better than my Tiger Cub - same 48" advantage deck. Go figure.... I wonder why. Anyone know?
  9. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    I'll take the look left from a WB any day over a Z...and I have several of each.
  10. growinandmowin

    growinandmowin LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    My Bobcat 48 wb cuts waaaaaaaaaaaay nicer than my ferris 61 ztr.

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