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i have a question, why do so many of you guys use a walk behind mower instead of a z rider. i have never used one before but are there any pros and con of a wb mower
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In many cases a ZTR is more productive than a WB.

Why stand when you can sit?

Pros n cons; you got a lot of reading to do.
thats what i thought a rider would be better
Well HEY bout a link or two, I love and hate the search...thanks

Both mowers have their place, one is not a substition for the other and so on, get what's best for you to mow your lawns.
ZTR mowers Pros more productive and ease on worker. Cons wont go on some hills and thru some gates Walk Behine Pros go on most steep hills and thru most gates Cons see ZTR pros
Originally posted by LAWNGODFATHER

Both mowers have their place, one is not a substition for the other and so on
That pretty much sums it up.
thanks guys aroumd here there are hardly any gates to have to worry about and living in missouri there is no hills
:) I always have a 52" walkbehind on my trailor, alot of my highend jobs are on the overlook right at the Ohio River, Which is way to hilly for my ZTR rider, also use a walkbehind on some of the smallar accounts, but im rideing about 60% of the week. I just can't pass on lawns that pay the big dollars which have to be cut with a walkbehind............Marks Mowing Service
Depending where you are and whether or not you do residential, a 32" wb may be the only one you can guarantee will get through a gate!

I'd love to have a rider, but I wouldn't be able to get into about 2/3 (or more) of my back yards!

:rolleyes: Someday I'll get a big ol' 52" ZT! :rolleyes:
just added a 36" to go with the 52"Z.
The honda 21" was about worn out. Now the 36 can go anywhere the 21 did, much faster and can handle longer grass. Also the 36 will go places I would not dare take the Z(steep slopes, yards with many beds, very soggy conditions,thru any gate, replaces the 21"). I'm finding a 36wb and a 52 Z to be an almost perfect combination for almost any property.....but I still have chest pains over what the 36 cost me given the low hours its going to get
I mow mostly residentials, and since I am on my own now, I have gotten rid of most of my larger lawns. I have always used walk behinds, the work just fine on the size lawns I have, and I can't imagine using a riding mower would decrease my cutting time any. I get all kinds of crap about using the wbs on residential lawns as it is! I think it is all a matter of using the right tool for the right job, and many lawns are just not configured for riding mower use.

That, and I like to walk the lawns. Mowing is my source of exercise, and I'd hate to think what would happen to my health if I weren't walking a dozen or so lawns a day.

Most of the properties that I mow are small enough that it is faster with a walk behind then with a ZTR. If you have larger accounts that are fairly wide open a ZTR is the way to go.

Use a WB on smaller yards, easier to manuever, lighter too.

The ZTRs are good for the bigger yards where there is just a lot of mowing to do, therefore thier higher productive speed makes you more dough. I always have both on all my trailers.

Most of the discussion has had to do with production however the flip side of the coin is quality of cut. The smaller the cut of the mower the higher the quality of cut can be obtained. If the larger cut equipment eliminates the possibility of custom cutting, cutting a different direction 4x a month, then in very short order the turf will develop a grain and ruts will develop in the soil. For me selection of equipment used is determined by the limitations of the site in terms of size and dimensions. We have some extremely large lots that we use 21" mowers on simply because the landscape installtions scattered throughout the yard make it impossible to even get two different cutting directions a month. Likewise we have some substantially smaller lots that because of the dimensions the 32, 36 and or 48 wb produce a very nice product. Not only is production per hour an important consideration, but what is produced in that hour is an equal consideration. I love the Scotts Turf Builder ad because when I see it, all I see is two things, a very pronounced grain in the turf and wheel ruts every 21" in a very large lawn that could be custom cut every week with a large wb or even a rider.
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As others have said each has its own place, that is why a combo of 36' WB and 52" ZTR is the perfect setup for any lawn job.
36" WB for residential that is not too big and ability to do gated areas, also steep hill as many high-end communities whose yards have crazy hills overlooking poorer suburbs down there! so your WB has its place.
52" ZTR is the most bang for bucks for wide or big yards without much terrain to worry, besides not being too big to manouver around and you don't get too fatigued like riding sulky as trying to increase $$ all day.
If you can afford only one, then you have to pick one that can do it all on your accounts.
we were in the same decision, defently start by using walkbehinds and as your buisness grows then go for the z. A 36" and a 48" or 52" these mowers would make a great combination to assure that you can do all your lawns I see no reason for geting a z if you dont have the business to back it. Hope I can justify geting one next year lol.
In general and all things being equal, a WB will be easier on turf than a Z. And as mentioned, they can go places a Z simply will not.
i have a gravley 48" ztr and would consider getting a 36 wb
A ZTR (IMO) will get stuck more often than a WB because you don't have the same "feel" with a Z that you have with a WB...especially in wet or soft conditions.
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