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Rvldesign
10-10-2012, 10:15 PM
I am wanting to upgrade next year to either a 48 or 52 mower. With that being said let me tell you about me first. I already have 2 36" mowers. I currently only do residential mowing right now and based on what others bids are I'll probly stay that way for awhile. My big question here is what is the big advantages or disadvantages between the 48" or 52" decks. It will be a stander as I already have a vride and really like how it operates and am demoing the 61" and it is just a couple inches to big for most of our current properties and this mower will need to be my primary mower even tho I know there will be yards neither will fit. Also what do most of y'all prefer and why as far as 48 or 52?
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LandFakers
10-10-2012, 10:26 PM
Well the difference between the 2 is usually down to deck size(obviously), frame(ie. thickness, bracing), hydro pump size, and wheel and tire size. Now the 52 is bigger and/or beefier in all these categories... Or at least in most instances. Not sure if that is true on standers but it is for Z's

kawakx125
10-10-2012, 10:43 PM
I know wright has what they call large and small frame standers. pretty sure the deck sizes are all the same ''frame'' just different engines, hydros, wheels/tires depending on what model you're getting. not sure if scag or anyone else does the same.

if you're only planning on residential i'd say 48'' as that would be more maneuverable yet and you may find that you can get places a 52 can't. it's only a difference of 4'' and on residentials you aren't gonna notice it much. realistically it's maybe only a pass or two on most residentials, maybe less. only you can tell really, you know what your yards look like

kawakx125
10-10-2012, 10:44 PM
I know wright has what they call large and small frame standers. pretty sure the deck sizes are all the same ''frame'' just different engines, hydros, wheels/tires depending on what model you're getting. not sure if scag or anyone else does the same.

if you're only planning on residential i'd say 48'' as that would be more maneuverable yet and you may find that you can get places a 52 can't. it's only a difference of 4'' and on residentials you aren't gonna notice it much. realistically it's maybe only a pass or two on most residentials, maybe less. only you can tell really, you know what your yards look like

Toro 455
10-11-2012, 08:18 AM
I'd look at the deck's overhang past the rear wheels. If the 48" has little or no deck overhang to allow trimming, I'd get the 52". If the 48" has sufficient trimming ability I'd prefer the 48". Because like kawakx125 pointed out it's nearly as fast and will fit more places. Plus it would scalp just a little less, handle a tiny bit easier, dig up the turf just a little less on the turns.
The advantage of standers are speed over having big swath capability.

Rvldesign
10-11-2012, 10:58 AM
Thank you guys for all your input. I've always wondered why companies Made both a 48 and 52 and besides the extra 4 inches it really didn't make much of a difference. I really wish my dealer would have let me demoed the 48 or 52" but I guess they are really trying hard to sell these new 61" vrides. It appeares to be a great mower just a little large how many people use 61" mowers on residential accounts
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kawakx125
10-11-2012, 11:17 AM
IMO a 61'' really isn't necessary on a general neighborhood residential account. scalping will be increased, chances are its not gonna fit everywhere, etc. great for larger open properties and commercial stuff but not your run of the mill neighborhoods.

STIHL GUY
10-14-2012, 12:05 PM
IMO a 61'' really isn't necessary on a general neighborhood residential account. scalping will be increased, chances are its not gonna fit everywhere, etc. great for larger open properties and commercial stuff but not your run of the mill neighborhoods.

i have a 61'' vride and only do residential properties...i do a few large properties but mostly small to medium...i have noticed that the vride is very maneuverable and fits everywhere i need it too except a few gated back yards

jc1
10-14-2012, 01:32 PM
If you already have a 36 v ride I would by the 52 since it uses the same blades.

Rvldesign
10-14-2012, 01:55 PM
Good point I hadn't thought of that yet
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Greg78
10-14-2012, 02:04 PM
Was wondering if anybody was going to bring up about 36 and 52 they normally take the same blade size. That's why we have a 36 eXmark TTHP and a 52 eXmark Lazer Z. We do residential and small commercial if the 52 can't get it and it's too much to trim we bust out the 36.

Realslowww
10-14-2012, 06:21 PM
If you already have a 36 v ride I would by the 52 since it uses the same blades. lets see here 18 X 2 = 36 X 3 = 52 or is it 54, Daaa Da :laugh: Daa

kawakx125
10-14-2012, 10:49 PM
it is technically 54'' but all 52'' decks i have seen the blades are staggered which allows them to run 18'' blades. think of the spindles in a triangle format where the center one is farther forward than the 2 sides.

Greg78
10-14-2012, 10:54 PM
it is technically 54'' but all 52'' decks i have seen the blades are staggered which allows them to run 18'' blades. think of the spindles in a triangle format where the center one is farther forward than the 2 sides.

You're right. Sometimes Realslowww is Realslowww if you know what I mean lol.

Realslowww
10-15-2012, 03:23 AM
You're right. Sometimes Realslowww is Realslowww if you know what I mean lol. I have a 52 inch lesco out back,I will go measure the blades. I have never known there to be that much difference in staggering.

Greg78
10-15-2012, 08:33 AM
I have a 52 inch lesco out back,I will go measure the blades. I have never known there to be that much difference in staggering.

You do that. I got a 36 eXmark and a 52 eXmark and have been running the same blades on them for years so I don't have to go measure I know what they are.

Realslowww
10-15-2012, 09:00 AM
You do that. I got a 36 eXmark and a 52 eXmark and have been running the same blades on them for years so I don't have to go measure I know what they are.

I have a 36 n 52 but they are Lesco,I am curious because I know some mowers are diifferent slightly but just out of curiousity I want to see if the blades are the same or different.

Some mowers may stagger more than others,it just seems like that is alot.

mathteacherj
12-03-2012, 09:47 PM
I debated the 48" vs. the 52" vantage as well. The ultimate factor that led me to the 52 was that it had a better deck overhang to be able to work around the landscape beds.

Nate'sLawnCare
12-03-2012, 10:52 PM
I'd compare a 52 to a 48 and see how much trim capacity you have, besides, with a 52 you're really only cutting about 48 with each pass with an overlap. If a 52 has more trim capacity and will fit in your yards, go for it. I don't have any residentials that I couldn't do with a 36 or 52 even with gates, so I'm planning to add a 52 pretty soon (if I can get a good December deal).

tinkerlawn
12-05-2012, 09:25 PM
The lawns we cut on our route are generally 1/4-1/2 acre and we run a 48" stander and a 54" Z. I know its only a difference of a few inches but from my experience that 48" fits through twice as many places as that 54" does. I would recommend going with the 48 if your lots are around the same size. Make sure you get something you can put a good catcher on for leaves!

Rvldesign
12-06-2012, 11:04 PM
I think I have decided to go with the 52" because I will be able to use one size blades for all my mowers and still use the 36" for the places it will not fit. I appreciate all the info everyone has shared.
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Nate'sLawnCare
12-06-2012, 11:24 PM
When you pull the trigger on the new mower, be sure to post some pictures of it here. Thanks :)