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Old 10-24-2006, 02:06 AM
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What to use to cut 20 plus acres of flat lawn ? Need a pull behind mower suggestion

Have any of you used a zero turn mower, and pulled an offset mower behind you. This is a lawn that just needs knocked down weekly, quality can suffer for speed ? If I had a wing mower I would knock this out quickly, but for a 1 yr contract on about 25 acres I can't justify that purchase. What are my options I have an extra 61 inch mower sitting but that seems to small.. I need 10ft per pass or more.
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Old 10-24-2006, 02:08 AM
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Try NorthernTool.com. I've seen some sold there. No idea on quality though.
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Old 10-24-2006, 03:21 AM
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The one in Northern tool is made by Swisher. I think they are the same company that makes the ZTR at Sears.
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Old 10-24-2006, 08:13 AM
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You can get a good 7 gang reel mower for about 3-4k. If you're doing it weekly, it would be a good choice. That would get your cutting width up there. Plus, if you run into some tight areas just disconnect and do it with the Z.
I know of someone doing just this, I didn't think it up!
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Old 10-24-2006, 08:47 AM
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Old 10-24-2006, 09:00 AM
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Pulling a mower behind a Z is not a good idea, besides a pull behind like you're thinking will not keep up with it.

Why did you bid the contract if you don't have the equipment or aren't willing to purchase it?

Two Z's running will only take 5 hours........
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Old 10-24-2006, 09:20 AM
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Pulling a mower behind a Z is not a good idea........
You may want to do a search regarding towing with a ZTR. There appears to be some strong opinions that it's potentially harmful for the hydraulics. I don't necessarily share that opinion, but others are dead set against it, and it also seems that the ZTR manufacturers aren't all favorable impressed with the idea.
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Old 10-24-2006, 09:25 AM
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Check arcease you can put one each side of your mower and cut 15' plus at a time. The arcease is one of the better built mowers.
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Old 10-24-2006, 12:18 PM
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You may want to do a search regarding towing with a ZTR. There appears to be some strong opinions that it's potentially harmful for the hydraulics. I don't necessarily share that opinion, but others are dead set against it, and it also seems that the ZTR manufacturers aren't all favorable impressed with the idea.
I know there are many negatives to pulling anything with a Z. I have pulled a 48" aerator with 2 other Z's every year for 10 plus yrs and the hydros have held up both are over 3000 hrs and still pulling the aerator and or mowing as back ups. So is pulling a trailmower like a Swisher approx 480 lbs tougher than the aerator ??
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Old 10-25-2006, 10:03 AM
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I know there are many negatives to pulling anything with a Z. I have pulled a 48" aerator with 2 other Z's every year for 10 plus yrs and the hydros have held up both are over 3000 hrs and still pulling the aerator and or mowing as back ups. So is pulling a trailmower like a Swisher approx 480 lbs tougher than the aerator ??
MJB,

I tow with mine too, and I believe a lot of the warnings not to are just so much "bull cookies" as Colonel Potter of MASH was prone to say. But there's no denying that some of the ZTR manufacturers have taken a dim view of it. I was just providing a possible explanation for the comment that dvmcmrhp52 made about pulling a mower behind a Z not being a good idea. But I don't know, he may have had something else in mind.
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