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which 36" hydro walk behind

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Wisentaner, Oct 26, 2006.

  1. Wisentaner

    Wisentaner LawnSite Member
    Messages: 40

    Looking for a pair of new 36 hydros to replace some 36 gravely belt drives that are not holding up like I was hoping. Looking for something really well built that cuts cool season grasses well. Any thoughts?
  2. nmez21

    nmez21 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 712

    Personally, I'd get a Quick 36. Never seem to hear a bad thing about em'.

    WREBELMACHINE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,089

    Around here the 36" Encore is the king. I have one that I have had for years works great!
  4. Rhett

    Rhett LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,071

    What are your choices for local dealers? I have run Lesco, Exmark, Toro, Scag, and a few others. Lesco lots of bang for the buck, but poor service, medicore cut and don't care for the pistol grips. Like the cut ,ECS and the quality of the exmark. Didn't much care for the price but have bought two so far. Toro has poor service locally but was a nice machine. Scag, Pistol grips and the price were the down side. Other than that nice solid machine.
  5. TriCountyLawn

    TriCountyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,517

    We use Hustler walkbehinds and trust me they are worth the money. I would stay away from pistol grips if I were looking to upgrade (this includes ECS).

    What kinda dealers do you have locally ?
  6. Green King

    Green King LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 539

    Encore is the strongest here. but I am seeing a few of the Exmark ecs and Yazoo pps models. I saw an everide loop handle machine last week that looked real good and should be a good alternative to pistol grips if a person did not like pistol grips
  7. Lawnut101

    Lawnut101 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,260

    I think Snapper is alright, maybe a little pricey. I love my 48in hydro Snapper.
  8. Groomer

    Groomer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,678

    I've had a snapper on the trailer for 5 years, the thing doesn't get the hours that the 48's do, but still its been indestructible! No major problems, just the usual maintainence. The safety switches can glitch out, but then you just bypass 'em, (I didn't really say that!).
  9. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,988

    You know what irritates the piss out of me?

    You ALWAYS have to mention pistol grips and ECS in the same breath, and how much they both suck.

    ECS is a HUGE improvement over pistol grips.[/rant]

    To the OP, I'd suggest that you demo some stuff if you can. The Quick 36 is priced right and I've always heard good stuff about them.

    My 48" Turf Tracer is a great mower, and I'd assume that it's great in 36" as well. The TriVantage deck works great, and the "crappy" ECS controls are a joy to use.
  10. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,095

    Might spend a bit more money but I would look into a Bobcat. I just got a 52" hydro and I am amazed in how much better it cuts then my exmark. For a while, I was sold on the exmarks cut but IMHO, there is no contest. (for the record, both the bobcat and exmark are between 98-02 models.)

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