CanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3406 posts, RR: 8 Posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2096 times:
Working at the golf course for a while now I've gotten a fair bit of experience on some of our mowers. So I'll start...
John Deere F935: This is our roughs mower. I dislike it. It runs fine, and cuts alright but only if Clint has just recently sharpened the blades. Also, the way the thing is all set up when we take it into the rough and get that 72" deck doing its thing, the machine will shake, vibrate and bounce the hell out of whoever is driving it. Alteast it has a roof for when it rains.
JD 220A: This is a pretty good greens walker. It would be nice if the wheels didn't have to be lined up perfectly to fit on, and also the stand for getting wheels on and off tends to fly up a little too easily and quickly. Another thing I don't like is how it "jumps" when you put it in gear, but you can easily get around that by pushing it a little and putting it in gear while its already moving. Other than this though, I've found this to be a great little walker.
JD 2653A This we use for green surrounds on every hole except the par 3s, with which we do the whole rough with this machine. I find this to be a nice machine. It runs good, cuts decently, and the rollers at the back of each of the 3 decks make great stripes. However, its a real pain getting on and off this machine, and I find having my legs sitting up like that they get pretty stiff after a while. As long as you get off and strech often enough it's not that bad though. Gotta slow down for the bumps so the thingys that hold the front things in place don't bounce out of place because if they do you pretty much have to pull the pin and pry it off. Also that parking brake thing got me 4 times today (machine shuts itself off if you hop off without engaging it, shuts off if you drive without disengaging it.) And in transport (atleast with ours) every few minutes you have to pull up the cutters again as they slowly work their way back down. Other than those things this mower is pretty good.
Toro Greensmaster 1000: I don't like the throttle on this greens walker, because it seems really easy for my right leg to hit it while walking along. And its front heavy, so walking with it takes a little more effort than the almost too-well balanced JD 220A. Other than this I have no complains about this walker, seems to be a pretty well built machine.
Jacobsen Greens King V: I like this machine. We use it for tees and collars/approaches, so we use the buckets. It's a pain getting the buckets, but other than this I've never had a problem with this machine. The grip-less tires make hills a little tricky but if you use the right techniques this isn't much of a problem. The parking brake is useless on ours, doesn't do a thing, but as long as you park on the flats the machine will stay where you put it. But as I said, this machine works well for me.
CanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3406 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2050 times:
Well now that those count too I'll add at home here we just use a 6.5hp push mower Craftsman something or other. Was brand new just a couple years ago, it runs good bag holds enough for me to to our front in 1 bag and back in 2-3, cutting width I'm not sure but it's pretty decent, probably in the 19-21" range I guess, too much like work to go out to the shed and look. It does the job quite nicely, but just not as much "fun" as the (relatively) big rigs I drive at work. But our yard isn't that big, front and back with the push mower takes about 45 minutes give or take, and theres plenty of gardens and trees and whatnot to dance around, so it would probably end up taking twice as long with a riding mower by the time you do yer turning and backing and swerving around things and whatever. I like riding mowers, but they're for big areas. A golf course is a big area, our yard isn't.
NeilYYZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2028 times:
I work for a Landscaping company in Toronto and we have more mowers than I can count. The boss decided for the 25th anaversary of the company that he'd buy new mowers for the crews. So, here are the ones that I use all the time.
FERRIS ULTRABELT GD - not a bad walkbehind, although we never use it beceause it's just not good at making patterns and stripes, it is good for residential houses, however, my crew is all commercial apartment buildings.
FERRIS IS 2000Z - no one at the shop likes this mower, you look like an idiot using it, and so we don't. It just sits there, the boss is convinced we'll use it some day, but I know I sure wont.
WALKER MODEL T - This is by far the mower that keeps the company that I work at in business. We have about 15 of them, is a 25HP ride on mower, blades in front, variable decks, adjustable heights, vacumn or mulch options, dump bucket. The controls are easy once you get the hang of them, 2 levers that you pull back on either or, depending on the direction you want to go. Throttle on the left, choke on the left and the speed control on the right. No switching gears between forward and reverse, just pull back on the levers and back you go. By far my favorite mower, we cut all kinds of patterns in the grass with this one, cross hatch, straight lines, figure 8's... Whatever you want, this mower will do it.
KUBOTA G2160 - It's not a bad mower, but still, it can not turn on a dime like the Walker, so this one is much like the Ferris, it just sits around the shop looking pretty while we use and abuse the Walkers.
LAWNBOY 22242 - It's what people who are new to the company use to trim around the edges to make the people who use the ride on mowers lives easier. It's a reliable, tough machine that I used for 3 years before I graduated to the ride on's, many memories of pushing these things around in temperatures that were unbearable.