View Full Version : 48" or 60" deck?

03-03-2011, 01:19 PM
I have a lot of residential cutomers and I am taking on some commercial cutomers this year. I had a 48" mower before, but was thinking about gonig to a 60" deck. Do you guys use 60" for residential yards or is that too big?

03-03-2011, 02:40 PM
I'd stick with the 48 unless you are doing lot's of wide open area's, on larger lots.

03-03-2011, 02:42 PM
i had a 60 and its no good for residentials unless theres a lot of open ground.the deck is too wide to get an even cut on a small yard.48 or 52 will work alot better depending on the size of the yard.

Green Feet Lawn
03-03-2011, 03:33 PM
I went with 52". I think it is just right.

03-03-2011, 03:43 PM
48/52 is perfect for residentials. it also dependes on the size of commercials you want to get. around here there are only a couple commercials wide open enough for a 60/72. the rest are done with a 52/54 depending on make of mower.

you also have to consider the weight a bigger machine has. i am sure a 48 has the smaller fram and engine. and a 60 will have a larger frame and engine adding weight.

03-03-2011, 05:02 PM
get a 48" or 54"...i've used both on residentials...if you have more open yards that are over 1/2 acre in size then get a 54" for sure

03-03-2011, 09:18 PM
When I bought a 60" a couple years ago, I kept hearing people say "any lawn you can fit a 52" you can fit a 60" on fine"...well I found that not to be the case. The 60" was just too big and awkward on some smaller residentials.

Right now I'm using a 54", great size to use on a variety of properties. I also have used a 52", which is another great size. These sizes can do fairly large properties and some smaller properties. 52"/54" give you a little extra trim capabilities over a 48".

If you have a lot of residentials and gain some commercial (mid sized) you will be fine with a 48".

Mountain Peak
03-03-2011, 09:26 PM
It depends on your mix of work. Right now I have the luxury of not taking anything I can't get my 60 on. I had a 44 and kept getting larger yards so off to the 60 I went. I kind of wish I had both though, even as a single operator right now.

03-03-2011, 09:35 PM
I have owned 2 48" z's and 2 60's and I will tell you for residentual the 48 is the perfect size for me. There was a lot of places, gates, between flower beds the 48 will fit but not the 60 so I got rid of all my 60's.

SouthSide Cutter
03-03-2011, 09:41 PM
The frames are the same and its only about 4" on each side on a 60 compared to a 54. Weight is nothing also. Us a 60 on everything. To me its either a 48 or a 60-61.

03-03-2011, 09:48 PM
I hope the 60'' grandstand won't be to big and hard to maneuver on residential lawns. I just ordered a 60'' GS and I only have residentials five are 1-1-1/2 acres, I can probably still get a 52'' if the 60'' is gonna be over kill and not as versatile I do have a 34'' exmark phazer too. hummm, hope I'm not making a mistake?

03-03-2011, 09:58 PM
We use a 60 and a 52 on resi's all day everyday, love my 60

03-03-2011, 10:03 PM
The 60 ‘’ for residential is going to be too big

SouthSide Cutter
03-03-2011, 10:37 PM
Depends on area. Around here residential average is around 1/2 to 1 acre or larger.

03-03-2011, 10:55 PM
I could use a 60 on a bunch of my residentials but I think a 48 or 52 is a much better option.
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03-03-2011, 10:59 PM
I should add on...I used a 60" ztr and a 60" stander, the ztr definately felt too big but the stander was very manuverable. The best way I could think of it, is that the 60" stander felt like a smaller ztr since it was so manuverable.

03-03-2011, 11:06 PM
Good to here mowerbrad, by the way the 60'' grandstand is only 33lbs heavier than 52'' and only 2''s longer, of course the deck is 8'' wider but only the 60'' has the anti-scalp rollers!

03-04-2011, 12:28 AM
get a 54"...it's in the middle and has a faster blade tip speed for a better cut :)

Grass Shark
03-04-2011, 12:53 AM
Our average residentials are 10,000 sq ft of turf. I started in this business with a 54" Z and came across multiple 54" metal gates, which I did not even think was a standard size, apparently it is. I bought a 48" walk behind to get into those gates and the 48" would not fit through a 48" gate. So I needed a 36" for my 48" gates. Then I sold the 48" walk behind and the 54" Z and got a 52" Z. Then last year I got a 60" z and that is to big to take on anything that is smaller than 20,000 sqft. So the 60" collects some dust. Now we have a 52", 44", 60", 36" & 21". If I could only have one of them I would pick the 52"

03-04-2011, 09:29 AM
get a 54"...it's in the middle and has a faster blade tip speed for a better cut :)

It does? Can you explain what you mean on how a 54" deck is going to spin the blades faster then a 60" deck?

03-04-2011, 09:34 AM
61" deck on a 1/4 acre property. Looks good to me. Not all properties will justify a larger mower but to me, time is money. If I can get the mower on the grass to cut it then I'm using the largest mower that will do the job that I have.