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LCME
05-18-2005, 04:03 PM
Please Vote. I'm looking for another mower soon. new or used. I have an 48 tthp with sulky. i do not have any customers with gates. lawns are between 15,000-35,000 sqft. what size 2nd mower would you get?.

TClawn
05-18-2005, 04:55 PM
if you don't have any gates, the choice should be simple. get the mower with the largest deck. you already have a 48" for those "tighter" areas, so I would go with the 52".

Tider6972
05-18-2005, 05:04 PM
A SuperZ, 60" 28EFI

With no gate restrictions, get a 60". Very little more money than a 52, and a lot more productive.

procut
05-18-2005, 05:43 PM
if you don't have any gates, the choice should be simple. get the mower with the largest deck. you already have a 48" for those "tighter" areas, so I would go with the 52".
Very good point, my thoughts exactly.

jtkplc
05-18-2005, 08:32 PM
52" Wright Stander

TClawn
05-18-2005, 08:41 PM
if we are going to recomend mowers, I would say get a Z. you already have a walkbehind, and the Z will go where ever a walkbehind of the same size will, excluding the hills.

I vote grasshopper 225w/52" deck. I would not wast my money on a liquid cooled for such samll property's.

JKOOPERS
05-18-2005, 09:08 PM
it depends are you a solo operator?

Sweetwater
05-18-2005, 09:42 PM
60-62" . Our first set up was a 36" and a 62". Worked great! One account was two stripes w/ 62", string trim, blow, go! Very kool to be effecient.

grass_cuttin_fool
05-18-2005, 09:50 PM
OF the 3 sizes listed, I would think another 48''. Maybe the same engine and set up. Why you ask? Well your stripes will match in all your yards, 1 oil filter for both engines, The same blades will interchange with both mowers. The downside is I might choose a 36'', cheaper to purchase and you never know when a new customer may have a gated yard. A couple of ways to look at it, just my 2 pennies worth

Mark McC
05-18-2005, 09:57 PM
OF the 3 sizes listed, I would think another 48''. Maybe the same engine and set up. Why you ask? Well your stripes will match in all your yards, 1 oil filter for both engines, The same blades will interchange with both mowers. The downside is I might choose a 36'', cheaper to purchase and you never know when a new customer may have a gated yard. A couple of ways to look at it, just my 2 pennies worth

If they are all Kawasaki engines, the oil filter issue is no issue: they all use the same filter.

Itsgottobegreen
05-19-2005, 03:06 AM
52" Wright Stander
I like your thinking.

LCME
05-20-2005, 10:59 AM
looks as thought the 52" mower is the winner so far. some 60" decks where advised. I'm either getting a 52" w/b hydro or 60" super Z. thanks for the inputs. LCME.

LawnScapers of Dayton
05-20-2005, 11:34 AM
I like my 36" / 52" combo......same blades and can cover any needs....


Derek

MTR
05-20-2005, 02:45 PM
I like my 36" / 52" combo......same blades and can cover any needs....


Derek

Ditto, 36 & 52 is magic combo, though I barely almost no longer use 36" except my own house. The 52" is the best deck of all time, prettty much doing every thing, large, small, slope , hill ...even gates now built at 5 ft width so your 52 is the mean. 60 is nice but lots of properties are still more than accomodating 52".
52" Stander
52" Lazer Z hp
52" Super mini Z
52" TTHP
52" Turbo Force

johnnyusa
05-20-2005, 04:15 PM
52 is my choice. Ive had all 3 and 52" cuts the nicest

South Florida Lawns
05-21-2005, 12:41 AM
my trim mower has seen a lot since i bought it in 1995.

LCME
05-23-2005, 09:55 AM
it depends are you a solo operator?
no, i have a 3 man crew. a second mower would get the job done in half the time. while the third guy edges, trims and blow.

LCME
05-23-2005, 09:57 AM
OF the 3 sizes listed, I would think another 48''. Maybe the same engine and set up. Why you ask? Well your stripes will match in all your yards, 1 oil filter for both engines, The same blades will interchange with both mowers. The downside is I might choose a 36'', cheaper to purchase and you never know when a new customer may have a gated yard. A couple of ways to look at it, just my 2 pennies worth
i was actually thinking the same thing. get the same size/type mower. two 48 tthps would be nice and easy to manage.

WoodBrothersLC
05-23-2005, 11:20 AM
52" Stander is the only way to go!

WoodBrothersLC
05-23-2005, 11:22 AM
If you think you might need a 36" for future clients, I would think about getting a 36".

Mark McC
05-23-2005, 05:36 PM
I have a 21, a 36 and a 52. The 36 comes out for only three lawns on my route, but it's huge for those. One of those has a back yard that's easily a quarter of an acre. That would take forever with a 21 and the only way I could get the 52 back there is if Scotty beamed it over the fence.

logan
05-23-2005, 08:27 PM
You always can use a wider cut whether you think you can at this time or not. i would go with something in the 61inch range, you won't regret it. I bought a 36inch belt drive, then a 52 inch Super Surfer, then traded in my 36 belt for a Stander 36inch (for backyards only) in a matter of 3 years. I wish I had a 60inch mower now. My business has grown by leaps and bounds due to referrals.

LCME
05-24-2005, 01:15 PM
i only have one account with an acre. Takes me an hour to mow with my 48" TTHP going full speed. The 61" will mow my other accounts in minutes. what would you get. 61" ZTR or W/B. will the w/b maneuver better than the rider on smaller properties.

lawn perfection
05-25-2005, 11:01 AM
My set up is 48,52 and 60. no yards with gates, all mostly open and flat. Go with the biggest deck you can afford. Time is money.

LCME
06-16-2005, 01:22 PM
thanks for voting and comments. came across an 1999 exmark 60 hydro w/b for $1800 from an LCO. what do you think...

CrewCutEnterprises
08-09-2005, 12:15 AM
I run my crew with a 36 inch 99 toro walk behind for the 10 or so gated properties.
I run a 48 inch TTHP
and and 62 inch Ztr toro.

Im going different next year.
Box truck. and 2 walkbehinds or 2 standers or 2 surfers.
The nice thing about having 2 mowers that are the same size. IE 48 inch mower your parts and your blades will be the same. Think your blades and belts and everything would be the same. Thats what im going to do.

Who agrees,

2 48 inch hydro tthp or standers in a Box truck. with a 2 man crew, what more do u need?

Its gotta be green, what size stander should i get??
Also do u have problems with scalping?? Ive never used a stander but your selling me on one.. maybe not the 52 but selling me either way

LawnScapers of Dayton
08-09-2005, 07:31 AM
You could run a 52" and a 36" Stander....that would allow you to still get in gates but also have the same size blades and compatible parts.....

The 52" does give you good trimming capability because of how much the deck comes out past the tires. The 48" makes trimming a little tougher.

Good Luck

Richard Martin
08-09-2005, 07:41 AM
60" or better. I use 2 36"s and a 60". Solo. Works Great, Less Work!

Buckeye17
08-09-2005, 09:33 AM
Personally I like 52's, but what ever you get I would do 2 of the same width. Makes it easy to work together on larger properties.

Itsgottobegreen
08-09-2005, 02:57 PM
I Its gotta be green, what size stander should i get??
Also do u have problems with scalping?? Ive never used a stander but your selling me on one.. maybe not the 52 but selling me either way
The only model you should buy is the 52" 23hp. Because the 48" models suck, do to a lack of deck over hang. The wheels are the same width as the deck. Two 52" and a 36" stander is a deadly combo.