What gear

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Tim1075, Jul 20, 2000.

  1. Tim1075

    Tim1075 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 107

    For all of you belt drive walk behing users what gear do you cut in most of the time. I find myself using 2nd most of the time and if its really tall i use 1st.
  2. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,143

    I only use second gear on very steap hills! for regular mowing 3rd gear is a very comfortable speed. When i use my jungle wheels 5th gear is the only way to go!
  3. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,695

    I use 3rd gear on the 1/4 acre lots. Any bigger than that and I try to get into 4th. Depends on the height of the grass.
  4. Stinger

    Stinger LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 252

    Tim: I'ts not what gear but how fast can I go without sacrificing quality of cut. Ok lawn maint 101: everybody knows the slower you go the better the cut right? Now assuming you work alone, keep blades sharpened, and don't run over everything in nine counties third gear looks most favorible on lawns maintained weekly. Use 2nd or raise your deck on the jungles and If I'ts around 1.5" tall may I suggest finding fourth immediately (sulky required).
  5. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,028

    1 gear for me HYDRO!!!
  6. Toroguy

    Toroguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,075

    Tim,<br>3rd gear, 2nd on hills, 4th to return to trailer.
  7. OP

    Tim1075 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 107

    If I had the money i would get a hydro but i dont cuz i'm just starting out, and i have to worry about buying a truck soon. What kind of mowers are you guys using that u can cut in 4th and 5th gear and still get a quality cut?
  8. SJR Lawncare

    SJR Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 250

    50 Gravely pro 3rd gear with my velke
  9. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,143

    i shou7ld hope that any brand walkbehind could handle 4th and 5th gear and still give a quality cut. Belt drive walk behind dont go all that fast... i think a little over 5 miles per hour but im not sure.
  10. Charles

    Charles Moderator, Friend, Angel
    Messages: 11,810

    I cut in reverse so I am always finished yesterday.

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