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Fresh-popcorn
04-28-2010, 03:13 PM
Howdy all.

I am looking into getting a new ZTR pretty soon which I am planning on using for my personal property but am currently at a crossroad on what size.

I have 10 acres (~7 that is actually able to cut) and another 2.5 acres that is a 15 minute drive away.
This is not for commercial use but time is crucial to me since I work 6 days a week and I would rather spend my day off enjoying life with the kids rather than mowing all day. Dont get me wrong, I love sitting on a mower which gives me enjoyment but the kids come first.

The mower I finally choose is the John Deere Z950A with the 72" Deck or 60".
is it worth getting the 72"? will it cut my mowing time down enough to justify the larger size. I also have a 6x10' trailer with gate and doing the measurements led me to believe that the mower would not fit on the trailer I have currently. I would like to transport it to my other property every other weekend.

I currently have a Toro Proline 62 which cuts great but it took way to much time to cut just 5 acres of my grass. I have a sulky for it which I would not use without it. I also have a older Dixie Chopper 62" but am currently having problems with it staying running and it bogs pretty badly when going up my slopped yard.
Most likely I will just sell all my mowers for just one that I can hopefully rely on for the rest of my life.

mowerbrad
04-28-2010, 03:33 PM
If it mostly flat land then the 72" deck will "shine". If its uneven or with hills, then the 60" will probably stand out just because it won't scalp as much. At 7mph a 60" mower can mow 3.40 acres per hour, while at that same speed a 72" mower can mow 4.08 acres per hour.

Here's exmark's productivity chart, that will help you see the difference in the amount of grass a mower can mow.... http://www.exmark.com/productivity.htm

rjh4758
04-28-2010, 04:08 PM
Just remember it will take more HP to run that 72 at the same speed as the 60 and get the same cut in high or thick grass. Like mowerbrad said is it is flat and wide open then the 72 is the ticket, if uneven or lots of obstacles the 60 is.

zanodave
04-28-2010, 04:53 PM
I am in a similar situation, only i am leaning towards HUSTLER super z 66 with a 31 hp kawasaki

drumz2129
04-28-2010, 05:28 PM
I think the trailer will be your deciding factor. I just picked up a eXmark lazer z 72" and my trailer is a 12x6.5. It measures 77" wide at the deck and the mower had about 1.5" per side with the discharge chute flipped up. My property has slightly hilly but I do not notice any scalping, it all depends on how you approach the hill. The 72" rear mount finish mower I replaced was horrible about scalping. As far as power, mine is powered by a 31HP Briggs Vanguard and it powers through the bahia just fine.

Fresh-popcorn
04-28-2010, 07:06 PM
Thanks for the replies.
I looked at some trailers and noticed some 6.5' ones for a decent price on CL.
Now to decide...

Rivervalleylawns
04-28-2010, 09:18 PM
You have 10 acres of land and 2 seperate properties so you must have some smarts in you. Btw I'm saying all this with very much respect. Let's figure your 10 acres are a perfect square. One deck is 5 feet, one is six. 10 acres let's figure the dimensions are give or take 450 x 1000.Figure your mowing the 1000 feet acroSs. 450/5 = 90 + 10% for overlap = 99 passes to mow your lot with the 60''. 450/6 = 75 + 10 % overlap = 83 passes. Figure your time to make the 1000' pass and bam.

Totally made up numbers but, the one 1000' pass takes you 5 min to make.
5' deck= 495 min
6' deck= 415 min
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DLCS
04-28-2010, 10:08 PM
Coming from expirience, as I own both 72" and 60" mowers. I would tell you to get the 72", that extra foot makes alot of difference in both time and trimability. With some practice you can make a 72" mow uneven props with no scalping. The 7 iron pro deck 72" , is alot harder to get it to scalp, due to roller placement.

Fresh-popcorn
04-29-2010, 09:32 AM
You have 10 acres of land and 2 seperate properties so you must have some smarts in you. Btw I'm saying all this with very much respect. Let's figure your 10 acres are a perfect square. One deck is 5 feet, one is six. 10 acres let's figure the dimensions are give or take 450 x 1000.Figure your mowing the 1000 feet acroSs. 450/5 = 90 + 10% for overlap = 99 passes to mow your lot with the 60''. 450/6 = 75 + 10 % overlap = 83 passes. Figure your time to make the 1000' pass and bam.

Totally made up numbers but, the one 1000' pass takes you 5 min to make.
5' deck= 495 min
6' deck= 415 min
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Yes I have smarts but experience can not be taught so as a smart person I would seek advice from experienced people in the business before I hand over my hard earned money and not regret my purchase. :)

Yes I know from doing the math that a 72" will be faster in a ideal world but if the 72" will cause me more grief/time in loading, maneuverability, & other factors I am unaware of then it wouldn't be worth it to me.

Most of my land is on a slope but its a very long slope. 200' of slope to be exact so I believe it could handle the 72" without scalping. Only one part of the property is very steep but going up and down shouldnt be an issue.

JB1
04-29-2010, 05:53 PM
how did you come up with the name Fresh-Popcorn.

Cboy7
04-29-2010, 08:02 PM
i happen to love popcorn... sooo whats the best popcorn?

Fresh-popcorn
04-29-2010, 10:05 PM
The kind that's Fresh. :)

Actually its a long story but it has something to do with finding a name for a team sport that I was a captain of and I was sitting at a table and noticed one of the red and white striped boxes that said "Fresh popcorn" on the side, I choose that as our team name and It stuck so I use that as my username.