Would You Buy A Run-Behind?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by White Gardens, Mar 2, 2012.

  1. weve

    weve LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Central Illinois
    Messages: 385

    I have one to sell that I have used for the past five years. If interested private message me. I live around 20 miles north of you.
  2. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    every 21" mower that is self propelled is a jog behind if you run it at full speed. :laugh:
  3. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yes, you are more likely to trip but that's the least of all concerns, I don't think most people realize walking behind one of these is a work out for which you need to be in some kind of shape, people are funny they don't understand how much work walking actually is, they think they can just "walk" 6 lawns like all casual, but these commercial machines will work you harder than a gymnasium treadmill set to "military" pace.

    On one tank of gas, mower like that will run ALL day and I mean you start it at 8am and maybe it runs out of gas around 5p but I can assure you by then it will have run you out of ass three times.

    I'll put one of my 5-speeds in 4th gear and you are more than welcome to come try and "walk" behind it, now in the early spring 4-5 normal sized lawns isn't too awful but on a 90-degree day I don't expect you to make it much past the first yard or two, better pack a lunch and grab a sombrero, Pancho.

    Mower like that has more power, speed, and weight than two or three of us do.
    It will pull your truck out of a ditch.

    So either better start out slow, or get a sulky.
    Like 2nd, or 3rd gear on a transmission, we're talking maybe 3 miles per hour.
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2013
  4. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I tested a trimstar in high gear you better be ready to run with it
  5. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,139

    Right, and most folks wouldn't make it 10 minutes 'running' around a yard.
    A commercial mower in high gear will wear out most folks in a tiny front yard alone.
    Three minutes flat and they're bent over with one hand holding on for balance, can't hardly catch their breath.
    They'd be better off hitching themselves up to a dogsled to go race the Iditarod, as one of the dogs.
    By the time they're done in back, they're also about done for the day.
    Pretty much, and even if they're good for another they sure ain't doing 5 or 10 yards that way.

    I'm serious, you have to be in really good shape to go walking a commercial mower.
    I know some guys do, but not in high gear.
    Better start training come Monday.
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2013
  6. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,463

    seems a lot the vantage or grandstand.

    they both have platforms you can raise to use the mower as a walkbehind.
  7. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,530

    I don't have a WB but do have a Power Rake that thing will drag you around .
    Better have a bottle of monkey butt on hand :laugh:
  8. Groomer

    Groomer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,681

    I seriously thought this thread was another sarcastic one.... little do I know. You guys really run this stuff that looks like it was built for the military? too funny. It almost looks like some kinda road work/highway grader with all those levers and iron. but hey, if it works for you... (I'd be awful tempted to paint it in camo, though.)
  9. dhardin53

    dhardin53 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 710

    I messaged you weve very interested.

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