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BLC1
10-24-2010, 10:01 PM
I have a few 60" mowers and was looking at a 52". Do you think you would notice much of a different in cutting time. The lawns would be around 10k sq/ft and under for the most part.

lawnboy852
10-24-2010, 10:04 PM
I think you would see about 8" more cut grass per pass with a 60 vs a 52!

More importantly, I would say yes any increase is great, use the largest mower you can fit on the property or that is most efficient for most of your work. Also how you use the mower is important, do you take time to line up each pass, with an inch or two overlap? or are you a little less anal about the stripes and just go pass after pass with more overlap etc?

MR-G
10-24-2010, 10:19 PM
you may find that it actually saves a little time..depends how tight your lawns are on open space..on wide open areas obviously the 60 will cut more...but it is less maneuverable in tight areas.....the largest we will put on a residential lawn is 52...

BLC1
10-25-2010, 10:52 AM
I was thinking if I used it on most of the smaller lawns I wouldn't see much of any difference. And like said above, maybe save a few minutes a tighter properties where I can get in tighter spots.

grassman177
10-25-2010, 01:05 PM
we found that using 48 in standers was more effiecent than our 60 in riders

BLC1
10-25-2010, 10:35 PM
Now thats interesting. What size lots are you typically on? Does the stander speed things up being able to jump on and off quickly? Do you bag the lawns?

soloscaperman
10-25-2010, 11:16 PM
With my 52 rider I can takes turns fast and it is very nibble around tight spots and playgrounds.

Jason Rose
10-26-2010, 12:38 AM
10K and smaller lawns, stick with a 52" deck. Even a 48" is more universal to fit on most everything. Just my opinion. I do own a 61" grasshopper and I know what the limitations are and it's the reason I also have a 48" walker... Granted I can do some tiny areas with the grasshopper, but they are part of larger areas, like in HOA's where there's wide open areas as well as the small front yards. Ideally I'd rather use the 48" for the front yards just because it does look better, both the end result as well as from a customer relations standpoint. Bigger isn't always better...

BLC1
10-28-2010, 11:10 PM
grassman, can you elaborate a little more.

ohdad34
10-28-2010, 11:20 PM
Alot of you will disagree, but I think the best all-around, most versatile mower I ever used was the 52" Ex-mark hydro walk-behind with jungle wheels.

Mudly
11-03-2010, 06:35 PM
i have both 52 and 60 inch mowers. on 10k lawns with a lot of obsticles 52 is the way to go. it's lighter so your 3 point turn dosn't need to be so precise especialy in a always soaked yard. that in itself will save time.

georgiagrass
11-05-2010, 12:41 AM
Alot of you will disagree, but I think the best all-around, most versatile mower I ever used was the 52" Ex-mark hydro walk-behind with jungle wheels.

I totally understand what you are saying. Our most productive mowers on small to medium sized residential properties are the 48" Exmark TTHPs. The 36" Exmark TTHPs are also very productive mowers on smaller properties. Compared to riders, they are smaller, lighter, better on hills, and have better customer acceptance.

stickleylawncare
11-05-2010, 10:27 AM
Compared to riders, they are smaller, lighter, better on hills, and have better customer acceptance.

This is only our second year but Ive noticed this a lot already. We picked up 3 accounts this summer right next to each other. They saw us mowing their neighbors yard with a walk behind and were tired of their guy using a 60" rider, which is all he has. The the lots, house included, cant be more than 5000 sq feet. I want to get a bigger mower, but I don't think I get a rider, ill probably settle on either a Gravely 52 or exmark 52 Walk behind.

nolanjim
11-05-2010, 04:27 PM
Anything under half acre gets worked by our 48 or the 36. Anything above gets the 60.
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BLC1
11-08-2010, 01:11 PM
On the yards under a half acre, did you ever run the 60 on them to see if there was a time difference?

Mudly
11-08-2010, 01:59 PM
This is only our second year but Ive noticed this a lot already. We picked up 3 accounts this summer right next to each other. They saw us mowing their neighbors yard with a walk behind and were tired of their guy using a 60" rider, which is all he has. The the lots, house included, cant be more than 5000 sq feet. I want to get a bigger mower, but I don't think I get a rider, ill probably settle on either a Gravely 52 or exmark 52 Walk behind.

wow 60" on a 5k sqr/ft lawn, thats like 5 stripes and your done.