View Full Version : If you only had 3 mowers, what sizes would they be and why?

03-13-2005, 08:38 AM
Here are my thoughts.

First, I would start out with a 48" ZTR mower 80% of my residential work. Leaves nice stripes and gets into most new homes that have gated back yards.

2nd, I would get a 33"-36" for a trim mower and small gated back yards.

Thirds, I would get a 72" ZTR for wide open acreage.

My screw is normally 2 people. On small properties, 1 trimming and blowing and the other on the 48" cutting. Take about 10 minutes. On larger 1 acre+, 1st guy goes on 72" and cuts the back while the 2nd trims and then starts with the 48" in front and then helps out where ever. When done, both blow.

Actually, I don't have the 72" yet. I sold my 52" Stander this past fall in order to get a 60 or 72 this spring. I'm still desciding to get a 60 or 72 mower. I think a 60 is pretty close to my 48 in size so why not get the 72.

03-13-2005, 08:45 AM
I have 3 mowers, and they work out perfect. I can mow everything from 10,000 sq. ft. yards, a cemetary (between the stones and all) to 21 acre properies(3 hrs.)

1. 595 JD - 9 1/2 foot articulating deck (3 sections)
2. eXmark viking - 54" articulating deck (2 sections)
3. 455 JD - 6 1/2 foot articulating deck (2 sections)

03-13-2005, 08:46 AM
A 52, 61, and 72

Richard Martin
03-13-2005, 08:48 AM
21" trim mower
36" for gates
60" mower for the huge majority of lawns

03-13-2005, 08:53 AM

03-13-2005, 08:54 AM
i would have preferred bigger than a 52 but trailer limits any thing bigger

03-13-2005, 09:00 AM
right now it's 21'' and 52'' z , but I think that the next would be a 60'' because I really don't have the need to do "trim mowing" and I'd rather have a lawn that I can do with a 52'' or 60'' than have to do the whole back yard (if it had a gate) with a 36" but I would consider that new hustler 32" 48" mower? it folda and then you have a 48" but can still fit through gates!

David Grass
03-13-2005, 09:23 AM
actually since I own a walker, I have 4 decks altho I own 2 mowers. Walker with 52 side, 42 side, 48 bag, Huslter WB with 54. My ultimate setup, I think will be to get the new MTL Walker, with increased horsepower and groundspeed, with a 72, then I would have 2 Walkers and 1 Hustler with possiblilities of 42, 52, 48 bag, 72, and 54 WB! The decks on a walker change out in minutes!

David Grass
03-13-2005, 09:25 AM
Heck, I may just get a complete Walker Deck collection (when I get rich)

03-13-2005, 09:26 AM
36" stander Only problem is I can't find one that has a floating or easily adjustable deck that also has good mechanical parts and a decent dealer near me.

52" Stander or Rider. Greatly prefer a stander here. Much more agile. Works great on the 1/4 acre stuff and would work as a back up to the bigger mower without too much additional time spent.

60" ZTR. Plenty of size for most anything I do and can still make it on the 1/4 acre stuff.

Not a 21" because I can weedeat almost as fast and I have very little trim work to do and they only cut up to 4" and that is too low for St Augustine here.

03-13-2005, 11:13 AM
21" push, some yards are just too small and difficult for anything more.
42" Walker, collecting the majority of residential yards and can fit in most gates
61" ZTR, for large residentials and commercial properties.

Mo Green
03-13-2005, 11:17 AM
a 21" push.
a 36" hydro walk behind for gated yards.
a 48" ZTR.

03-13-2005, 12:11 PM
A 36" wb...52 ztr...72ztr :drinkup:

03-13-2005, 12:29 PM
21" <----Don't use that often. I do use it for a postage size yard that the client just has to have bagged.

36" <----Just purchased for gated yards.

60" <----Love it. Time saver. Use this as much as possible.

03-13-2005, 12:46 PM
21" I carry two Have a few yards where its the only one I can get in

36" Good for gated back yards and lawns that are to wet for the ZTR
Reverse is such a pain we use the 21's for the more difficult

54" ZTR - Use it where ever possible. Some times I wish it was a 60"
but I could not make money with out it.

I can't see doing this business with only 21's. Maybe real small lawns all right in a row but who wants to walk all day, every day.

Fantasy Lawns
03-13-2005, 01:57 PM
36" Hydro Snapper
42" Walker (s)
60" Exmark

Just what I have now

03-13-2005, 02:40 PM
32" Stander -trim and gated yards
52" Stander-99% of our accounts
72" Articulator w/ diesel engine

03-13-2005, 03:27 PM
No matter which mower (s) you have, put a couple of these in there and cut your costs! :blob3:


03-13-2005, 03:52 PM
I've got three

A 48" Hustler super walk with a sulky----This mower does at least 90% of mY mowing
A 21" Commercial Ariens-----Use on only a couple lawns a week
A36" lesco Walk lith sulky--- Used to be the main mower but now just sits.

03-13-2005, 03:54 PM
Currently have
36 But would like to have maybe a 32 instead 36
52 I could get a 60 on most properties, but have trouble with a couple gates

03-13-2005, 03:55 PM
BTW I see someone liked my logo and decided to use it as there own. (Hacksquat, Forrest Lawn Care)

If imitation is flattery then thank you I guess. I just think it would be nice to ask permission before using someone else's, art work, pictures, ect....

03-13-2005, 04:00 PM
My three mowers would be........

1 32in walk behind for small yard
2 Dixie Chopper sp2800 60 for the nicer big yards.
3 Dixie Chopper xt3200 60 for chopping down over grown brush,grass, and doing wide open area that has to be done fast.

03-13-2005, 05:11 PM
i have a 42 inch walker and i use it 90% of the time, my goal is not to have to change mowers, so i could go bigger but the time it takes to go get it i make up , but i do have 48, 32

03-13-2005, 06:20 PM
Most days we take 2 36" lesco hydros and 2 21" mowers, would like to take our 48 lesco hydro but dont have a big enough trailer. I think we are getting a larger trailer this year and a 60 dixie chopper. take bouth 36" and the 60" Dixie chopper.

03-13-2005, 07:16 PM
48" Hydro
60" Z

32 for gates, 48" for hillsides 60" for the majority