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Old 03-05-2007, 09:15 PM
Roger Roger is offline
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Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: McMurray, PA
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I mowed for nine seasons with a 36" w/b, hydro. Each year I had 38-40 properties, at least six over 1.5 acres. I mowed one for a few years that was 3 acres.

Obviously, we have different ideas about "forever." I used my machine hard, it was well paid for, and it made lots of money for me.

Last May, I bought a 48" ZTR. I was able to add only a couple of more properties to my list. From an economics viewpoint, no way can I justify spending all that money for a ZTR. The added productivity is not enough to get the monetary return. I use the ZTR on about half of my properties - the w/b is needed on the others because of terrain, gates, etc.

Remember, the mowing is only part of the time spent on a property. No matter if you have a 36", a 48" or 60" mower on the trailer, you still have to do the trimming and cleanup afterward.

With only five properties, you have a long way to go before exhausting the capacity of your mower.
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