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07-25-2004, 02:18 PM
Does anyone have a mower that can mow 15 mph? I would like to know the quality of cut at that rate of speed?


Shady Brook
07-25-2004, 02:44 PM
I have a Super Z that goes 15, and on flat ground with slow to moderate growth it will cut pretty near to 15 and leave a nice cut. I have not tried it in spring growth, but it has impressed me so far.


07-25-2004, 05:28 PM
In this speed range there are two choices: a mower with low profile tires and one with ATV tires. Uneven and rough ground are a problem, but the ATV tires help smooth out the bumps. And the more the machine jumps from hitting bumps at 15 MPH, the worse the cut.

I like 9-10 MPH as an overall top speed but the faster speed is good for transportation. I have an XT-2800 Dixie Chopper, but I wish I had bought and XF-2800 to be able to climb hills.

07-25-2004, 06:30 PM
[QUOTE]Originally posted by Likestomow
I have an XT-2800 Dixie Chopper, but I wish I had bought and XF-2800 to be able to climb hills. [/QUOTE

From everything I have read, the XT has bigger wheel motors than the Flatlander, and therefore the XT is better for climbing hills.

07-25-2004, 06:43 PM
I have a Dixie Chopper that I got pulled over for speeding and passing in a no passing zone! True. Was in our gated community and the security guard wanted to know what kind of mower that was that would go 18 mph. Got me on radar. No ticket unfortunately, would have liked to put it on the wall or send it to DC. It's a suped up DC. I don't cut that fast.

07-25-2004, 06:46 PM
How well do the choppers cut at 15 mph and how many horses?

07-25-2004, 06:51 PM
burnandreturn,what is suped up about it??

07-25-2004, 06:54 PM
Engine, hydraulic's and the cheapest was bigger pulley's on the motor to turn the pumps faster and higher bts.

07-25-2004, 07:00 PM
what engine and hydros??

07-25-2004, 08:56 PM
my Gravely pm 260 2004 runs at 13MPH. Can I cut at that speed, sure if I am double cutting to get the stragglers or dispersing clippings.

realistic cutting speed is somewhere between 6-8MPH with any real growth. But as someone else said it sure is nice for getting back to the truck or blowing off a long stretch of road.

the other real problem with that kind of speed is deceleration marks on the turf if you really try to run wide open. And heaven help you if you try to 180 at that speed.

07-25-2004, 09:43 PM
I think the Flatlander goes about 13 MPH. The XT is just a glorified Flatlander, able to go 15MPH. Because it has the top end speed, it lacks the torque to climb hills well.

I can go up hills, but is a big strain. I fear that continued use on hills would result in ruined wheel motors.

I also have and XW which goes about 9 MPH and climbs hills like crazy. To me this is the perfect combination for my area, hilly Tennessee.