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jay317
06-24-2010, 08:34 PM
I'm doing a job that is 3 acres its all grass and no trees and I will be using a walk behind with jungle wheels because my main zero turn is broke down and I'm just wondering what's the most acres you have mowed using a walk behind
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Hell on Blades
06-24-2010, 08:42 PM
9 -- no jungle wheels -- walked (jogged) it all behind my turf tracer.

was the only account I did that day (or the next) I was too sore for anymore.

YardFarmersLLC
06-24-2010, 08:58 PM
None. I use the Toro only for steep places.

davis45
06-24-2010, 09:07 PM
zero......

R & R Yard Designs
06-24-2010, 09:39 PM
16 acres with a 48 exmark. It blew balls man. The bat wing blow 2 drive motors the day before
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JRuss
06-24-2010, 09:58 PM
3 and will never walkbehind anything again I ride or no cut
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Ramairfreak98ss
06-24-2010, 10:10 PM
damn you guys 3 acres, 9 whoa!

i used to do 1.5 with my 34" simplicity once.. got the 61" ferris quickly after that though lol.

Worst i did was about a 1.2 acre all open with a 21" pusher/propelled haha, that was horrible.

We generally dont use anything walk behind unless a zero turn simply doesnt fit through a gate or something.

topsites
06-24-2010, 10:13 PM
1.5 I think, maybe 2, but I learned somewhere early on that Wb's are made
for lots UP to an acre so I never much got into the bigger ones with it.

It's not that it can't be done, it just starts dragging as one approaches the acre,
not something I would take on full time if a Wb were my only mower.

Temporarily, well you gotta do what you gotta do some days.

dhunterd08
06-24-2010, 10:53 PM
damn you guys 3 acres, 9 whoa!

i used to do 1.5 with my 34" simplicity once.. got the 61" ferris quickly after that though lol.

Worst i did was about a 1.2 acre all open with a 21" pusher/propelled haha, that was horrible.

We generally dont use anything walk behind unless a zero turn simply doesnt fit through a gate or something.

When I started out, I did a little over an acre as well with a 21inch snapper. I dreaded that day of the week.....How did you like the 61inch Ferris? Do you think one with a velke could stay even with a 48 ZTR? Do they stripe well? I am going to have to pick one or the other soon, and my local ferris/hustler dealer has really impressed me.

Hell on Blades
06-24-2010, 11:05 PM
With all the hills in my route, a zero turn doesn't make sense for me. That means I suffer on a few larger accounts.

Ryan91289
06-24-2010, 11:50 PM
My father mowed 120 acres every week plus about 30 1/4 acre houses back in the early ninetys with two 61 inch and one 48 inch walk behinds. From 1991 to 1994 because he couldnt afford riders.

ajslands
06-24-2010, 11:51 PM
What if all we have is a ztr?
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Southern Pride
06-25-2010, 04:55 AM
1.5 would still be arguably productive but man you get up to 3...9??? I mean, imagine having to go back and hit "a few spots" lol

Hope it was worth it. I would do 2 or 3 but jack the price way the heck up to make it worth it. If they don't bite, then it would have been a nightmare anyway. Then again, I only have a 36, so my target market is nowhere near that size.

John_DeereGreen
06-25-2010, 07:46 AM
We've got one that's about 7 acres that's done with a 48 zero turn and a 48 walk behind. It works out pretty well, the person on the walk behind does all of the shorter stuff, while the person on the zero turn does the bigger more open parts. The person on the walk behind is done just enough ahead of the zero turn to do all of the trimming.

We've tried 2 48 z mowers, and it only saved 15 minutes with outstanding operators.

MikeKle
06-25-2010, 09:19 AM
When I first got started, I used to mow this guys 4 acre lot with my 48"metro, and did it a few times without the velke, but I would do this lot on days I didnt have much of anything else going on, it was a pain.

BadRancher
06-25-2010, 01:23 PM
I mow 4. That's the most right now. I did one 5 acre that was a one timer with a 48" bobcat.
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All_Toro_4ME
06-25-2010, 01:56 PM
Last year I mowed 3 acres with my 36" wb because my Z had a flat and the replacement hadn't arrived in the mail yet. The sidewall was shredded from sharp roots in the ground. I have a trutrak attached to it but I was so sore when it was finally over. Arms, legs everything was just was just very sore. I think 3 acres is probably the limit for me with the wb.

dougdm
06-25-2010, 05:40 PM
Wow, you guys are crazy. I cut a tire on my ztr and had to cut a .75 acre yard with my 32" wb. That just about drove me nuts. I love the bigger ztrs, the speed is such a time saver.

Happy Weekend Everyone!!!

twcw5804
06-25-2010, 06:00 PM
I did a 1.3 acre yard that with sulke and I'm 240lbs. If I got to it every 7 days and put my 36'' exmark all the way up I could run gear 4, late summer gear 5 and be done in 1hr15min with trimming and blowing. But in the spring if that grass got too long pack a lunch cuz it would slow you way down.

One time I demo'd a 60'' Hustler Super Z and I cut the whole yard in under 30 min. I think. I knew right then and there I had to get a ztr.

FastMan
06-25-2010, 06:48 PM
3/4 acre, and only because it's too hilly to get my ZTR on.

terrapro
06-25-2010, 07:06 PM
Wow, I guess we are out of the norm. We have a 8hr day full of walking. We use a 36" and a 48" and the largest lot is 1.5 acres...actually three houses are next to each other which could technically make it 3 acres combined.

It is not hard, all you are doing is walking?!

Southern Pride
06-25-2010, 08:33 PM
Wow, I guess we are out of the norm. We have a 8hr day full of walking. We use a 36" and a 48" and the largest lot is 1.5 acres...actually three houses are next to each other which could technically make it 3 acres combined.

It is not hard, all you are doing is walking?!

Do you cut, or do you have guys doing all the work? A sulky, velke, or whatever you wanna call it would increase productivity and morale greatly.

terrapro
06-25-2010, 08:43 PM
Do you cut, or do you have guys doing all the work? A sulky, velke, or whatever you wanna call it would increase productivity and morale greatly.

I am personally on every lawn. These are high dollar full service accounts that we maintain, I NEED to be there.

Southern Pride
06-25-2010, 08:59 PM
I respect that. If I ever get a crew believe i'll still be out there busting my ass with them.

lifetree
06-25-2010, 11:11 PM
With all the hills in my route, a zero turn doesn't make sense for me. That means I suffer on a few larger accounts.

Maybe it's time to make the investment in a ZTR for the accounts where you can use it !!