What year did eXmark switch over from belt to hydro??

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by DillonsLawnCare, Mar 14, 2009.

  1. DillonsLawnCare

    DillonsLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,100

    hey guys, quick question!

    I've been looking at some exmark Zero Turn Riders, and noticed in the listings, they say that they are belt driven. I sort of remember like how toro bought out exmark and became partnering companies, and then exmark started using hydros, or toro stole exmarks hydro idea...or something like that.

    So what year is the cut-off for the belt driven exmark ZTR??? I just want to know, cause i might be buying a used one.

  2. joshco84

    joshco84 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 411

    I was not aware that exmark or toro ever built a belt driven ztr.

    You may be seeing that the pumps are belt driven, and the pumps then in turn use hydraulic pressure to spin the wheel motors.
  3. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,940

    Exmark has made hydro AND belt/gear driven mowers for a long time. Exmark still offers a model:


    The same is true for Toro. Here is their current belt/gear driven model:


    Hydro and belt/gear driven walk-behind mowers have been part of the product lineup for both lines for a long time, and are still available. How much the belt/gear driven mowers are part of their sales, ... I don't know. I doubt they sell very many.
  4. metro36

    metro36 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,417

    He is asking about a early zero turn rider that had belts instead of hydros. I dont think he is refering to a walkbehind. I have never heard of or seen one.
  5. joshco84

    joshco84 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 411

    yes he is asking about a ztr, not a walk behind

    i know they make belt drive w/b.
  6. davidcalhoun

    davidcalhoun LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,045

    Even though the poster said that he was looking for "riders", it sounds like the "listings" he is reading about are talking about "belt drive ZTRs" (yes, even a walkbehind can be called a ZTR).

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