What walk behind is easiest on the hands?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ealbertson, May 14, 2006.

  1. ealbertson

    ealbertson LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 256

    I am looking for a 48 or 52" walk behind that has controls that take very little effort to use. My wife doesn't have much strength in her hands and is having trouble with the ecs controls on our eXmarks. The eXmarks are great otherwise.
  2. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,095

    Toro T-BAR controls!
  3. Mr Ricochet

    Mr Ricochet LawnSite Member
    Messages: 39

    Ed, I use the ECS and, after 45 straight minutes or more my hands are a little cramped on my belt drive. I will say this, I demoed a hydro with ECS for a couple days and, found those levers to be much more touchy requiring less strength........The Toro guys with the T-Bar control say that machine is easy to handle. Do a search on the T-Bar............Do you have a belt drive or hydro?............Good luck.
  4. naturescape

    naturescape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,696

    Bunton/Jacobsen with z controls. Or Lesco, but that's of lesser quality IMO.
  5. Dashunde

    Dashunde LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 638

    Gravely's ProSteer maybe - if you have no hills and she actually walks behind it.
  6. DLS1

    DLS1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,619

    I have a hydro Hustler walkbehind that is the easiest of all. It is like a motorcycle grip. You twist it forward to go forward, and backwards to go in reverse. You twist it forward and angle the motorcycle grips to go left and same thing for right. The hydros make it real easy for anyone to use.

    This has got to be the easiest walkbehind to use in the WORLD and not carpel tunnel problems. It is expensive but your wife will love it. Try it before you buy anything else.

    This will make a great Mothers gift, birthday present, Christmas gift, I only want to get the best for you gift. :laugh:
  7. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Messages: 4,899

    The one you purchase for your employees :drinkup: Oh, and you are paying her. More than you relize
  8. J Hisch

    J Hisch LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 952

    I second what DSL1 is saying, it is leaps and bounds above the competition.
  9. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    I have a T-bar gear drive and love it. Ive demoed a T-bar hydro, I didnt get a chance to get used to it , but it was jerky and not smooth, maybe with more practice it would of been ok. I like the design on the hustler but we dont have a dealer to demo one from, so I cant comment on it.

  10. Dashunde

    Dashunde LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 638

    Have you considered a Stander?

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