Which WB?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by hamsey, Jun 28, 2005.

  1. hamsey

    hamsey LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Messages: 123

    I have one commercial account and 3 private accounts. I need to get a WB. I have searched and checked manufacturer's website. More confused now than when I started. Here is what I am looking at. 48" Decks and having just gone thru carpal tunnel surgery pistol grips are out

    Gravely Pro G
    Exmark Metro
    Toro Proline

    All dealers nearby. I hope to pick up a couple more properties next year.

    Two of the current properties have slopes.

    I am big on stripping and quality of cut so that is my biggest requirement with mulching next. I would like quality not quantity.

    Which of the above would you people recommend?

    Thanks in advance!

  2. ercrvs24

    ercrvs24 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 93

    I have a metro 36 with pistol grips (horrbile on wrists). It cuts good, but I really wish that I would have gotten hydro instead of belts, and float deck. I was un aware that lescos prices were so low when I was in the market and want to check into those for next season, I've heard great things about them.
    If I was trying to choose my first wb again, I would definatly get something with ergonomic controlls, hydro and float deck - I just regret not buying a machine that I could continue to use as my mani mower as my business grew/grows. $0.02
  3. DLS1

    DLS1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,619

    Check out a Hustler if you have a dealer in the area. A few of my fingers started locking up at night and getting stiff just using a 21" Toro mower.

    I bought a Hustler WB with the motorcycle type grips and no problems now with my fingers.
  4. PaulJ

    PaulJ LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,774

    The hustler 48" super walk is the best 48" walkbehind. It is not the cheapest It is built like and will do anything a similar size z will do and more. The h-bar steering is the easiest to use of any walkbehind controls. and NO body else makes a 48" walk with 23hp. and 20 in tires.
  5. DLS1

    DLS1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,619

    You and Pete are funny with trying to say a Hustler WB is better than a Z. I would rather ride than walk any day of the week. :D
  6. PaulJ

    PaulJ LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,774

    I didn't say it was better for everything what I say is A super wb with a sulky it will do anything a similar size (44"-52") z will do and more.
    A z won't go on a 45 deg slope, A Z won't go under waist high tree limbs.
    A z might save a bit of time on large areas and give your legs a rest.
    I am not trying to compare a 48" wb to a 60" or 72" but The 48" super with a sulky will keep up with a 48" Z.
  7. ProLawns

    ProLawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 476

    I can't speak for the other brands but i've used Toro WB's for fourteen years and I really like the comfortable T-bar controls.
  8. DLS1

    DLS1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,619

    Okay very good points. I was only looking at from the wear and tear on the body which when you get older you tend to look at that more or at least I do.
  9. Sweetwater

    Sweetwater LawnSite Member
    Messages: 66

    I am a hard-core Exmark user. Mowed all week with my 52" Turf Tracer HP (19hp and ECS controls) and it really is a great mower. It is obviously not as fast as my Lazer, but it handles all obstacles and all weather (like really saturated lawns...) I add this reply to point out that the hydros are a big improvement over gears. If money is really tight, check out an Exmark Viking. The hydro ECS controls are great...oh yes, go for a 52"!
  10. tnturbo

    tnturbo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    I've had good luck with the two Exmarks I've had in the past

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