zero turn or walk behind

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by hudson12787, Jan 19, 2013.

  1. hudson12787

    hudson12787 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    since im getting ready to start up in the spring im mower shoping and own nothing so as a primary and only mower for now which would you suggest a zt or walk behind
  2. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,049

    How are you going to transport equipment .
  3. Spring Valley Lawn Service

    Spring Valley Lawn Service LawnSite Member
    Messages: 142

    Small ztr and push mower is wat started with.
  4. hudson12787

    hudson12787 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    f150 and 6.5x10 trailer
  5. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,049

    Man you will love the zero turn :waving:
  6. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 6,309

    I would say Zero, they can do mostly anything
  7. brc1989

    brc1989 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 177

    If you think you'll be mowing mostly flat open areas get a ztr but if you may need to mow hills and tight turning terrain I'd get a hydro driven walk behind since they are more versatile.
  8. smallstripesnc

    smallstripesnc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 717

    Where in NC are you? I have a 36in gravely hydro walk behind and I just bought a 52in gravely ztr. A lot has to deal with the lawns your cutting. If they have gates, terrain, etc...
  9. hudson12787

    hudson12787 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    im outside of charlotte but thate reason i ask is i was talking with a buddy of mine thats been in the business a long while and recommended getting a walk behind first because if you soley have a zt and get jobs that you have to go in a fence most zt mowers wont fit thru gates

    THORNTON SERVICES LLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 432

    The gate thing will be a problem no matter wich mower you get in my opinion you need a good push mower my opinions are hondas or toro's but that just my opinion , make shure it is rear wheel self propelled , and then your bigger mower I would go with a zero turn , unless you plan on mowing alot of hillsides then you may want to go with a walk behind , if you have the money and you can get a nice 52 zero turn I think that will make you the most money etc , but it you are buying used equipment , alot of times you will find a better machine in the walk behind section and in my past experience they are less maintenance , but again I think a good zero turn rider will be your best bet , you can bag in the fall more productively etc , more options with the zero turn. Just my opinion though.

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