View Full Version : Deck size, 52" or 60"?

02-17-2004, 09:36 PM
Would be for residential work, mostly uneven, sloping lawns. Should I go with 52" for manuverability and better cut, or go with 60". Price difference is only $100.

02-17-2004, 09:43 PM
52 probably based on the fact you said there are mostly uneven sloping lawns.

We have both 52's and 61's WBs by Ferris. Unfortunately, 100 bucks for an additional 10 inches I might change my mind.

02-17-2004, 09:43 PM
I run both, and find myself using the 52 for most of the resedential work. As you mentioned the manuevering capability is better and it is a little easier on gas. The small deck is less apt to scalp too. Are the engines the same hp?

02-17-2004, 09:58 PM
Sorry, should have given more info. This is for a Hustler Z with a 23hp Kawi. I really think the 52" would be better suited, but it's hard to turn down the extra size deck and larger tires for $100. And I like the fact that the deck will protrude out from the wheels on the 60"; it kind of is even with the wheels on the 52".

02-17-2004, 10:05 PM
If your plan is to acquire lagrer commercial accounts you have a good point. Seems to be a great deal. If you are going to stay with the resedential I would stick with the 52. Oftentimes a 60 can be overkill on small resedential yards. I always bust my brother riding it in the yards where I tell him to walk. What are you going to do when it is family!!

02-18-2004, 09:25 AM
I have both 52" and 60" and use the 60" for everything except those smaller props. we use the walkbehinds on. I would not buy anything smaller than a 60" in a rider unless it was a dedicated bagger. No scalping issues with it and it comes in handy on the larger properties. Go with the 60" now and I believe you will be happier down the road.

02-18-2004, 09:56 AM
Keep in mind that a 52" will get into alot of fences still.

02-18-2004, 11:44 AM
Last year I bought a 52" Lazer Hp. Really wish I had gotten the 60", but I also aim at larger properites. I dont even carry a 21" on my trailer. I would rather do alot with the 52" and a little more trimming, than not so much with the 60" if you cant maneuver it around your properties. My ideal set-up this year would be a 60" or 72" Z and a 48" TT hp.

02-19-2004, 03:22 AM
I use my 61" Surfer on any yard I can get it onto. You just get used to it. I remember the first time I used a 48''. It seemed like a brushog.