what cuts better, walkbehinds or riders

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Gmgbo, Dec 20, 2004.

  1. Gmgbo

    Gmgbo LawnSite Senior Member
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    from my expierance my 17hp 48" scag walk behind cuts better than an exmark 48" rider and a lesco 54". the two riders clump and the scag never does. the scag will multh the riders clumps. also the scag with a velky is just as fast and the exmark, but the leso does circles around both...so what do u guys like better? :cool2:
  2. nitrotim

    nitrotim LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
    Messages: 525

    Wright Stander
  3. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    Dixie Chopper. Nobody does circles around me.
  4. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,570

    is the scag a fixed deck?
  5. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Messages: 1,796

    Here comes about 25000 different answers. :rolleyes:
  6. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Either machine has its place...

    ...overall I prefer a WB because of its versatility and manueverablity. Stripes are great and almost all machines will produce them in some fashion. But I don't get all lathered up with whether a Z or a WB (no matter who makes them) does them better when my guys are mowing close to 300 acres a week.

    Getting the job done is what I care about most. Period

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 5,132

    rod u slave driver 300 a week
  8. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    ...just like you Dusty, trying to make the Almighty dollar :D
  9. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,725

    I have lawns that stop the WB cold it can not cut the thick grass to save its life in fact I will be selling the 2 year old metro this spring. It has probably 150 hours on it. When I have very think wet lawns that are growing nearly a foot a week in the spring the ZTR is the only way to go. The choice is 5 hours on Campanaros lawn or less then 1 hour that is how big a difference the rider makes when the lawns are really growing. Horse power means more then most people think I do not know what the riders you spoke of had but it sounds like they did not pack the larger engine options. One of my ZTRs is a 44 with a 20 hp Kohler on it that little fella will out work just about anything. I have pulled my larger lazer out of 2 sinkholes this fall with the little guy.

    Its all personal preference for me comfort matters and my hands do not go home sore at the end of the day unlike when I use to use WBs. As for top speed if I recall the scag is what 6.2 or 6.7 miles and hour the lazer hp you are describing is 8.5 miles and hour the difference is your unlikely to be cutting at top speed with a WB its quite uncomfortable you are on the other hand very likely to be cutting at the 8.5 miles and hour the lazer hp goes at. Especially since the Lazer XS can do 12 an hour so 8.5 does not seem that fast once you have seen the higher speeds. Hustler can go at 15 and hour.
    Not sure what you are cutting and how many obstacles you have or what the inclines are like but on open ground the ZTR will easily out perform the WB. With a bagging system on obstacles they are virtually the same. The steep hills are the only real draw back to the rider anything over 25 degrees and it gets real nasty.
  10. Gmgbo

    Gmgbo LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 382

    floating deck, and the exmark has an 18hp kolher and gator blades....i wouldnt suggest any1 to buy one

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