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John deer Z
09-18-2009, 07:30 AM
How much time is really saved from stepping up from 48 inch to 60.
If some of you guys that have done this I would appreciate your input.

Thanks :waving:

MarcSmith
09-18-2009, 07:44 AM
fisrt, I'm sure there havebeen countelss threads about this...so a search woudl be good tool.

but onthe scag site, a 48" rider gets 18 acres per day, 52" 20 acres 61" 23 acres

but a large mower is not always the best. take a look at your job mix, a 61 might not get all the tight areas the 48 can get to, so you end up with more trim work... if you have any kind of uneve terrain the large deck tend to scalp more as well...

I I went from a 36 wb to a 48" walker to a 52" exmark lazer and a 61 lazer. the 52 was by far the most versatile mower. it was a good middle ground. but the 61 was great on the wide open flat areas...

Runner
09-18-2009, 11:53 AM
However, overall, you end up with ALOT more trim work with a 48 than you do with any larger sizes because of the trim edge. On ANY 48" ztr, it doesn't allow you to get up close to any objects because there is no overhang. If you test one, you will see exactly what I mean. The side of the tractor and the rear wheel interferes with the ability to trim even remotely close to things.

MarcSmith
09-18-2009, 12:13 PM
yes but the 48 can get into a lot of smaller spots that large 61 could not get...

lets look at the side of house. with the 48 your are still a few inches away. same thing with the 61 you still have trim the area. so it 1-2" wider. not a big deal.

if you're trimming around trees with the 48 maybe you get 6" verses 3" with the 61. Yous till have to walk around each and every tree with a trimmer.

I'm looking at the areas were the 61 cant get tighter areas, areas that are more prevalent on smaller resi lots.

I feel the 50"ers are a more versatile...but each has it place...:)

bonefisher101
09-18-2009, 04:23 PM
All depends what power you have on them! Back about 18 years ago I had a 36" wb 14 hp Kaw, 52" 19 hp briggs and a 61" 22 hp Kolher! If I did a yard that took me 45 minutes with the 36" same yard 30 minutes with the 52" and only 15 minutes with the 61"! The 61" was 2 mph faster than the 52"! If you have alot of open ground, sure you'll save all kinds of time! Go for a 72" cut with a big block.... if you can fit it on the trailer!

RonAyersMotorsports
09-18-2009, 04:28 PM
Deck preference depends total on the users needs. A 60" deck doesn't save anytime if you can only use it on half the properties one mows, when a 48" can be used on all. If you only have one machine and don't know what size properties you would be mowing stick with a 48" or 54" you can almost always use on most properties. If you already have one mower that is a 48, 54" or smaller than the next investment if able to use should be a 60" or larger. Again it depends totally on that users needs.

So saying one is more productive than another isn't a true statement for everyone.

John deer Z
09-18-2009, 08:01 PM
Here is the deal. I have a 36 walk behind and a 48 Zero turn. I use the 48 on all my properties. I do have some large open properties. But i do a lot of residentals.
Going down the list though just about every yard that I have that I use the 48 on I can use a 60. With the exception of about 4.out of 82.I am getting a 16 foot trailer next week it will be ready. Then I am going to look at purchacing a 60 to go with the 48 and I also will have the 36 walk behind.
I was under the impression that the 60 would save me a lot of time over the 48 but not sure. I have a helper part time and figured If I could run the 48 and the 60 on some of the properties that would speed me up substantially!
I know still haft to weedeat but Have got 2 weed eaters and If both mowing and weedeating should be faster. I was just getting some opinions on how going from 48 to 60 would help.

topsites
09-18-2009, 08:12 PM
I wouldn't even consider a Ztr with a deck under 5 feet wide, that's what Wb's are for.

John deer Z
09-19-2009, 08:50 AM
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RonAyersMotorsports
09-19-2009, 09:00 AM
Here is the deal. I have a 36 walk behind and a 48 Zero turn. I use the 48 on all my properties. I do have some large open properties. But i do a lot of residentals.
Going down the list though just about every yard that I have that I use the 48 on I can use a 60. With the exception of about 4.out of 82.I am getting a 16 foot trailer next week it will be ready. Then I am going to look at purchacing a 60 to go with the 48 and I also will have the 36 walk behind.
I was under the impression that the 60 would save me a lot of time over the 48 but not sure. I have a helper part time and figured If I could run the 48 and the 60 on some of the properties that would speed me up substantially!
I know still haft to weedeat but Have got 2 weed eaters and If both mowing and weedeating should be faster. I was just getting some opinions on how going from 48 to 60 would help.

Since you already have a 36" WB and from you say about the properties your cutting then yes a 60" could save you alot of time. Just be sure to invest in a big HP engine nothing smaller than a 28hp. Then you don't have to worry about double cutting and time could be saved.

PS STIHL BR 600 not Styl.:waving:

John deer Z
09-19-2009, 09:10 AM
Since you already have a 36" WB and from you say about the properties your cutting then yes a 60" could save you alot of time. Just be sure to invest in a big HP engine nothing smaller than a 28hp. Then you don't have to worry about double cutting and time could be saved.

PS STIHL BR 600 not Styl.:waving:

How are the 28 & 31 Kawasaki's on fuel usage?

RonAyersMotorsports
09-19-2009, 09:29 AM
Well they don't consume much more fuel than a 27hp Kohler but provide 54.3lbs. of torque vs 42lbs.

bonefisher101
09-19-2009, 04:46 PM
How are the 28 & 31 Kawasaki's on fuel usage?
Had no problems with my 31 kaw! Great motors! Plenty of power and so so on the fuel sipping!

John deer Z
09-19-2009, 07:16 PM
Had no problems with my 31 kaw! Great motors! Plenty of power and so so on the fuel sipping!

How much per hr? Do you know?

Runner
09-19-2009, 08:29 PM
I wouldn't even consider a Ztr with a deck under 5 feet wide, that's what Wb's are for.

Exactly what I was thinking. I couldn't agree more. If one is looking fore a universal mower for tight areas, the wb is the way to go. Now, on top of this, with wb, my point abou the lack of trim ability of a smaller deck is null and void. there IS no lack of trimming ability with a wb. as a matter of fact, a wb will o up to and around a tree or flag pole in a fraction of the time a z will. And i you're mowing smaller areas? A 48 wb will mow them alot faster than a 48 z. The reason for this production difference is when they are short rows, the wb's faster turn around time adds up FAST.

bonefisher101
09-19-2009, 08:34 PM
How much per hr? Do you know?
All depends what your mowing......usually I fill up every 2 days with a 14 gallon tank! Esimate 1 to 1.5 per hr.! Just a guess though! I mow alot of bi-weeklys here that are pretty thick!

John deer Z
09-20-2009, 04:55 PM
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