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For a walkbehind, why do companies offer a 48 and 52. This question has been burning me up. Is the 4 extra inches really worth it? I would think that you would either get a 48 or 60. Can anyone come up with a good answer? Obviously someone is buying these or they wouldn't make them.
06-21-2001, 11:21 PM
I dont understand it either! I have used both and prefer a 48 for uneven terrain... scalps noticably less!
06-21-2001, 11:25 PM
My guess is because a 48 will fit between the wheel wells in the back of the pickup truck where a 52 inch wont, for those guys who carry their equipment in the back of the truck.
06-21-2001, 11:41 PM
Maybe a 52" is the biggest that will fit in the back of a pickup. This is the only thing I can think of.
I guess I should of clicked refresh to see if anyone else had posted this. A 48" is to wide to fit between the wheel wells. Most wheel wells are 49" between and the 48" deck has to be at least 50" wide.
06-21-2001, 11:58 PM
My eXmark dealer claims 48" is the smallest common dimension in landscape designs, hence the need for and popularity of 48" mowers.
I dunno, just what he said.
Maybe my question wasn't as stupid as I thought it was. This is just one of those things that baffles me. Kinda like if a tree falls in the woods, does it make a sound? Just kidding, maybe there is a good reason and right wb user just hasn't seen this post yet. I can see the loading in a truck thing though, hadn't thought of it because I don't do it.
Quail Creek LC
06-22-2001, 02:14 AM
I've been running a 48 scag and thought it would be great to buy a 61 scag. Bad decession, the 61 scalped something terrible and weight a ton. Also the striping was terrible, and after a full day of mowing I was worn out. So I traded the deck in on a 52. I wish they made a 54 or a 56. Seems like it would have made more sense to have gone half way in between a 48 and a 61. I'm stumped on this one also. I'm sure there is a reason.
THE REASON I CHOSE THE 52 IS THE OFFSET DECK MAKES FOR EASIER TRIMMING ALSO THE BLADES ARE INTERCHANABLE WITH MY 36INCH MOWER NO EXTRA BLADES OF DIFFENT SIZES
06-22-2001, 07:53 AM
We have a couple 36"s, a 52" Z-master and a 54" WB. All the WB's are Ransomes. The 54" cuts the nicest of all three mower types. Added scalp rollers to the corners to help with the deck size. Run double blades on it, same size blades as the 36"s.
06-22-2001, 12:57 PM
48 inch is usually the largest size mower that you see for sale in the classified adds real cheap, with the note - FELL OFF TRUCK!
06-22-2001, 05:54 PM
I had a 48 scag Then bought a 52 Lesco with a 17 hp Kawi. It was bigger and had more power. The 52 Lesco is shorter than the 48
allowing it to turn around in a smaller space. It also cuts different.
does not throw grass out the left front. ED
06-22-2001, 09:00 PM
My theory on the 48 vs. 52 was that for some of the larger gated properties that a 48 can be jockied thru the 4ft gate whereas a 52 will not fit, thus being stuck with a 36 to mow larger sections under these conditions.
Then again you can always do like we do for some who have chainlink open 'em up to get the hydros in thar! -LOL. We have even put forth the cash to purchase decorative hinges for stockade fencing thanks to Eric ELMs (I thought it was your suggestion).:confused:
Amazing how quickly you can manuever a 4-5ft deck thru a 6ft gap LOL!:D
06-22-2001, 09:12 PM
Yes Kris, that was a post I did a while back on 'How I squeeze my 60" DC through a 36" Gate'. Here is the link to this thread.
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