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What is the Best Lawn Mower Sulky?

That is a great question and a big decision.  Let’s objectively compare lawn mower sulkies or whatever you call the thing you stand on!  We will look at the different types of walk behind mower sulkies price, as well as, the pros and cons of each.  I think we all know actually walking behind the mower is not an option!  LOL

Lawn Mower Sulky Options

 

Proslide XT

 

Platform sulky

 

Retractable Sulky

Proslide XT
Novae Proslide
Proslide
Single Wheel Velke

Single Wheel Sulky

 

1 Wheel Sulky

 

Sulky

One Wheeled Velke
Commercial Lawn mower velke
Jungle Wheels
dual wheel velke

Two Wheel Sulky

 

Dual Wheel Sulky

 

Sulky

2 Wheel Sulky

Lawn Mower Sulky Comparison

Below is a comparison chart I put together between single wheel sulkies, dual wheel sulkies, and platform style sulkies.  I have used all three types while working in the industry for my lawn care company and the lawn and landscape company I worked for before starting my lawn care service.  

Rating Scales Used in the Chart:  1 – 5 Rating Scale and $ – $$$$$ Rating Scale

Single Wheel Velke
dual wheel velke
Novae Proslide

Features

Grease Fittings

Bearings?

# of Wheels

Auto Retract

Improves Striping

Cost

Can Jack Knife?

Keeps Operator Centered

User @ Ground Level

Feel Every Bump?

Cost of Ownership

Warranty

Safety on Hills

Ease of Use when NOT Using Velke

Weight

Trailer Space Taken

Manual Chain Up

Cool Factor

Use on Paved Surfaces

Ground PSI

Single Wheel Sulky

Yes

Yes

1

No

No

$$$

Yes

No

No

Yes

$

Depends

Poor

Poor

3

3

Yes

2

Yes

5

Single Wheel

Two Wheel Sulky

Yes

Yes

2

No

No

$$$

Yes

No

No

Yes

$

Depends

Poor

Poor

4

4

Yes

1

Yes

2

Dual Wheel

No

No

0

Yes

Yes

$$$

No

Yes

Yes

No

$

Yes

Excellent

Excellent

2

2

No Need!

7

No

1

Pros and Cons of Lawn Mower Sulkies

This is my site, so this is obviously my opinion, but I like having the best equipment available to make my company as profitable and efficient as possible.  That is why I favor the Proslide XT.  I am not exactly sure why more companies have not switched over to the new and improved sulky design and functionality that the Proslide XT offers, but I have my theories. 

I believe a lot of lawn care business owners are stuck in their ways…which can be a good or bad thing.  In this case, it is a bad thing.  I also believe the manufacturer has not done the best job advertising their product and there are many companies that do not even know that the Proslide is an option!  The 3rd reason is that the Proslide XT was slightly more expensive than most single and two-wheel sulky options…well, at least until Lawn Crack solved that problem!

 

Single Wheel Sulky
Pros and Cons
Pros

  • ‘Cheap’ options available
  • Easy to get used to

Cons

  • Can jackknife!
  • Potential flat tires
  • Bearings to maintain
  • High PSI creates a dark stripe or even a rut
  • Difficult to back up
  • Tall users will need to haunch over to reach mower controls
Two-Wheel Sulky
Pros and Cons
Pros

  • Easy to get used to

Cons

  • Can jackknife!
  • Potential flat tires
  • Bearings to maintain
  • Hard on your knees
  • Difficult to back up
  • Gets in the way
  • Trailer space taken
  • User not always centered behind mower controls
Retractable Platform Sulky
Pros and Cons
Pros

  • Aids with striping!
  • Glides over bumps
  • Quick and easy to fix if needed
  • Warranty
  • Very low PSI from user
  • Retracts out of way
  • User stays at ground level and centered behind mower controls

Cons

  • Can’t ride on pavement
  • Slight learning curve

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Proslide XT

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