Which 'hover' mower to buy..and yes they might be Mickey Mouse

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by GarPA, Jan 15, 2004.

  1. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2,585

    ok guys/gals...now many of us here have nothing good to say about these weird contraptions. But I need one....for a property from hell. Did a little research and found the Husq smaller one...I think its around $300. Then I found a couple others that were way too pricey. Frankly the Husq I think would be good enough but I've never touched one of things so I'm clueless.
    Its only going to get about 30 hours on it per year.

    Smaller is better..and lighter is better...I think the Husq 16" is only like 20lbs.

    Your recommendations are appreciated. Anyone use the Husq model?

    and yes we've all seen the comments here on LS on how poor they cut....but, if they're good enough for a golf course, they are sure as heck good enough for an industrial property that nobody sees except the employees.
  2. Camelot Gardens Uk

    Camelot Gardens Uk LawnSite Member
    Messages: 108

    I keep one for banks round lakes/swimming pools, just another piece of kit in the arsenal. Try to get one with a metal blade, the homeowner ones in UK have plastic blades or strimmer line at each end of a "holder".

    I cut banks from the top on a rope swinging like a pendulum or
    hauling up & down.
  3. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
    Messages: 1,557

    If i was going to buy one i would get the husqvarna. Seems like a well built unit and since all my other smaller equipment is husqvarna, i have not been dissapointed with anything that they make.
  4. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Messages: 4,899

    Its been 30 yrs since I used one but I think I would buy an $89 mower from wal-mart and take the wheels off.
    Gary have you ever used one of any brand?

  5. chadamsprocut

    chadamsprocut LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    The best hover mower is a new employee with a Shindaiwa T-270 with the guard removed, wearing pants and motivated. I cant tell you the number of times my employees and I have pulled out the whips to do entire back yards or ditches that are a half mile long that were to wet to get the mowers in with out rutting.
  6. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2,585

    Mac...no I;ve never touched one of these.
    I want to be able to do as Chad mentioned above...work it from the top in a pendulum motion. I;ve tried it with the guard off the trimmer but I still have to do mountain climbing on the 50 degree slopes and that what I want to get away from

    Looks like the hvt40 from Husq cuts with string, not blades?
    Its only a 1 hp 2 cycle ...do you think this will cut? Like I said pretty is the goal, just make it easier to trim. I do these banks weekly so they will never be real long. I hope the dealer here lets me demo one.
  7. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,143

    I just stay away from banked areas to steep to get my mower on.

  8. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2,585

    I would also if it weren't for the fact that the job is highly profitable and they spend considerable dollars each year on landscaping and flower displays...every time I fight those slopes I have to tell myself to remember the total revenue on that account...but some days I'd like to fire them
  9. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,143

    Get them to plant ivy or some other kind of ground cover on the slope/bank. I suggested that for a past client who did it and made my life a lot easier.

  10. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2,585

    suggested that ...they dont like the look of ground cover....its 200 yards long and 15 ft high...its a tiered bank, that then levels out to a flat area about 6 ft wide and then down again for another 8 ft slope.

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