what kind of walk behind do the experts recommend

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bcm lawntenders, Apr 28, 2006.

  1. bcm lawntenders

    bcm lawntenders LawnSite Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 6

    looking for a 48'' walk behind. have seen gravely, husqvarna and the exmark. the exmark is a turf tracer with floating deck and a 14 horse kawasaki. what should i be looking for as far as quality goes? any help would be greatly appreciated. this is my second year and i am getting busier and looking to get things done quicker. thanks in advance
  2. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    what size deck is on the turf tracer....a 14 horse engine sounds way underpowered for it.
  3. brettmc

    brettmc Banned
    Messages: 63

    Hustler has a new WB line called Trimstar. I bought one last month....so far so good. It's a heavy duty, hydro, 14 hp Kaw with that new h-bar steering system. It's very easy to manuveur. Really nice machine.


    Oh, I gave $4400 + tax for it.
  4. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    My advice would be for you to demo a few and see what ya like best.
  5. mulcahy mowing

    mulcahy mowing LawnSite Senior Member
    from ma
    Messages: 721

    dido that!:rolleyes:
  6. 6'7 330

    6'7 330 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,821

    Ditto that..although Exmark walks rule lol.
  7. PaulJ

    PaulJ LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,774

    For a 48" size the hustler super WB is what I have. I spent 2 years looking at all the options. the hustler super WB has the largest tires of any EB for a smoother and more stable ride. it also has the largest engine with heavy duty air filter. plus the h-bar controls which are the easiest to use and learn. The hustler super with the right sulky and operator will do anything that a similar size Z will do and much more.
  8. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Toro model 30197, it's all I use, why use anything except the T-bar patented fatigue-reduction system, way I figure it.
    15hp Kohler, 5-speed Tecumseh with R-assist, lots of speed and power:
    How much speed and power?
    With my brand-new one, I can lean it onto 2 side wheels if I don't watch my speed cornering, and yes it would flip over sideways if you don't do something. My older one is a bit worn out, but still pulled a 200-some pound limb the other day (hook a chain to it and pull stuff).
    So much speed, you have to have a velke because you can't walk this thing in anything but 3rd gear or less. It has a 5-speed tranny, why cut in anything lower than 5th as the wind rushes through your hair, the 1-year old is so fast I still catch myself sometimes leaning a bit back on the velke for fear of hitting something. The old one (a 98 model) you can walk in 5th but barely, you really have to step it out and it is one aerobic workout will get your blood PUMPING.

    Oh, they changed the model number, it's Model: 30698 this year...
  9. ronniez71

    ronniez71 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 68

    SCAG 52' Ultimate Advantage deck dual hydro 19 Kawasaki floating deck Awsome cut and machine!!
  10. LawnTamer

    LawnTamer LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,986

    Bang for your buck- I agree with Topsites. I've used & tried several WBs and the T-bar is the best I've found, you can get a 48" Turboforce deck and a 15HP for around 3 grand, and they are lightning fast. My favorite is our 36" (we have a lot of gates) Most our lawns are 5-7,000 sq ft and the 36" T-bar will knock them out in 10-15 minutes, basically as fast as the other guy can trim and blow. We consistently mow at 6 to 7 mph (with a sulky) and never get complaints. Just don't forget to lean into those turns.
    Never tried a Hustler, but they look sweet.

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