S75x Scott Muehlhauser says his St. Louis, Mo., dealership sells more walk-behind mowers than any other in the country. He says that's because they are better on hills and are more compact than zero turn riders. But now that the Snapper Pro S75x is on the scene-a riding mower with a walk-behind footprint- Muehlhauser expects landscapers will be saddling up to this more productive rider. He estimates that landscapers can improve productivity by 30 to 50 percent by using the S75x rather than a walk-behind mower. "They are excellent on hills and fit in tight spots," adds Muehlhauser, owner of Scott's Power Equipment. Sure, zero-turn riders are larger and faster. "But sometimes speed kills," Muehlhauser reminds. "You can tear up turf when you go too fast." Anyway, the larger size of zero-turns can be a logistical impossibility for managing tight areas between landscape beds, through gates, around trees. Additionally, Muehlhauser says the machine's configuration provides a comfortable ride. "Because you ride it like you would a motorcycle or Sea-Doo [jet ski], you use your body weight to help you go up and down hills and to turn on uneven terrain," he explains. "You actually use your body by shifting it to help you turn." But the real selling point for landscapers who try out the mower is its compact size and productivity potential. "It can do many other things that our commercial walk-behinds can do and it takes up less space than a zero-turn rider," he says. "We think this will catch on."
Scott Muehlhauser - Owner, Scott's Power Equipment - St. Louis, MO