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What's the best walk-behind?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by VWBug61083, Jan 17, 2000.

  1. Retro67

    Retro67 Banned
    Messages: 207

    I have a Dual Drive Ferris 48&quot;, fixed deck. I also have a Toro hydro. I have tried the single drive Ferris, which is steered by brakes. I don't like them. They don't turn as well with the straight, non-pivoting shaft of my turf rider sulky. I weigh almost 200 lbs, so it does make a difference. I have never used the mower without a sulky since I can't run at top speed, but I can ride at top speed, or darn near.<p>I spend 90% of my mowing time on the Ferris. My next walk behind mower will definitely be a Ferris. My next Z is also going to be a Ferris Pro Cut with independent suspension. I prefer the Ferris walkbehind because it goes straight since both wheels turn and you steer with your left and right levers. <p>With the T grip on the Toro, you squeeze both sides of one handle. You must squeeze both evenly to track straight. My Ferris automatically goes straight ahead and then you turn the wheels with the pistol grips.<p>It is difficult to explain, but those who have used both know what I'm talking about. Also, hydros have a positive reverse versus a &quot;reverse assist&quot; for gear or belt drives, whichever you prefer to call them. <p>I never have to stop to go into reverse, if you have a belt drive, you have to stop to shift gears, reverse or otherwise. Anyone who is in this business knows stopping or slowing down costs money. &lt;b&gt;Increased production is increased profit, minus the increased costs.&lt;/b&gt;<p>Ferris has the best warranty in the industry. Their machines are covered, both parts and labor, for a two year period. The only exclusions are blades, belts and tires (understandable). They are pretty confident their machines are going to last, and so am I. I drive over 200 miles to buy them new, if that tells you how much I like them. <p>There are many good mowers out there, you just have to find one that suits you. I suggest you demo them and see how quickly you can pick up on the machine's individual controls. One of the dealers was willing to let me use their demo for a week, 200 some miles away. That's service.<p>Ferris may not be prevalent in your area, but in my opinion, they are worth traveling a little for. If you need parts, they will send them within 24 hours to YOUR HOME, not to some dealership who may or may not make sure they make it safely into your hands.<p>I have a line on low prices on them along with Toro, Bobcat and Skag. I know they don't have much competition when it comes to bothe service and price. The two dealers I deal with sell a couple of other brands, but out of what they sell, these are the brands I would trust the most. Also, these dealers are full line dealerships, meaning they sell every model of the brands they sell. Email me at retrolawn@interlink-bbs.com if you want the phone number to one or both dealers. I hope this helps. <p>John
  2. CLM1

    CLM1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 90

    I too have a Troy-bilt. Been in use for the biz (11/2yr.) & I also use it on my own lawn. (.769 ac.) I love this machine! Cuts beautifully and starts first or second try every time. Bought it used from a friend who was aslo in the biz. He used it 1 yr. and bought a Scag. Like an earlier post..... &quot;don't knock it 'till ya try it.&quot;
  3. yardsmith

    yardsmith LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 628

    hey guys-<br>I've demo-ed most of the major brands of WB's, & I like honda so well I bought 2 of them. I bought 2 commercial used ones (1 yr. old) for the price of 1 new one, & I love it. Sep. hydros for each wheel, AND you can drive each one independently; meaning you can mow across the side of a hill, & drive the downslope wheel faster to keep you straight & level on the hill. There may be a couple of others that do that, but I'm not aware of any. They have a good top speed for light mowing or transport, & give a real nice cut & make EXCELLENT stripes. Plus you get the infamous quality of Honda engines. Now they are pricey to buy new; that's why I bought used. You do get what you pay for, most of the time. I happen to like pistol grips much better than a T-bar, Cause they give complete indiv. control over each wheel. I like the ease of use too. Just my two cents worth; you don't hear much about honda's anymore.<br>Smitty
  4. AB Lawn Care

    AB Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 585

    I would suggest scag.We bought a 14hp 36'' hydro and we love it it does where our walker can't fit.I read that some guys had scag dealer problems.We personaly have great dealer service but yes i'm shure that there is alot of scag dealers that are boneheads.We have one in town!So we deal with a dealer 1/2 an hour away.Ya I now it is a pain to drive that far but his service is awsome so it makes up for the drive.As far as exmark vs scag.I'm sure that exmark makes great walkbehinds we were planing on leasing one,but the interest rate was nuts!Both mowers were almost the same in price but I looked at how much more I would end up paying in the long run and we decided to lease the scag.As far as those who say that exmark gives a better cut,I can't say that the don't all that I know is our scag gives a very good cut.That may be becouse it is a small deck but i'm sure that even the larger decks cut well too.Bottom line not really which mower,most are built allmost the same an most are very reliable,the key factor finding a dealer that will be honest do good work and most important have a good parts supply.<br>P.S if you are going to be leasing make sure you find out how much you will be paying in interest.This can save you alot of money!<p>from:Adam<br>AB Lawn Care<p><br>
  5. jimmy jammz

    jimmy jammz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    I'd have to say take a close look at a Hustler walk-behind made by Excell Ind. These<br>units are very tough, with the strongest deck<br>in the business.This is also the easiest mower to opperate in walk beinds. This unit can be opperated with one hand and is<br> also a zero turn with t-bar handle. This unit also has a pop holder for the user. Go<br>for a Hustler walk-behind. See ya,Jimmy Jammz

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