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Old 09-29-2012, 06:14 PM
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Super Z Productivity

Many people say the high speeds on mowers such as the Hustler Super Z, Scag Cheetah, Bad Boy, and Dixie Chopper cannot be utilized as cutting speeds. This is not true, in many large, flat, open areas, these faster mowing speeds can be utilized.

I just cut 2.85 acres around 3 chicken houses with a Hustler Super 35/72" in 38 minutes. I know the exact square footage because of knowing the exact size of all 3 buildings, and the distance between, and outside the buildings. I once surveyed for a living and personally staked the houses for construction, meaning there is no guess work as to the 2.85 acres I stated.

I had to trim around 3 - 8' x 16' concrete pads large enough for each to hold 3...10 ton feed tanks. I had to trim around a 10' x 12' building that holds a 110 KW generator and transfer switch, 3...1000 gallon propane tanks, and another 10' x 20' covered concrete pad holding 2 incinerators.

The Kawasaki FX1000V pulling the 72" deck is using 1.8 gallons of fuel per hour, the math on the amount cut based on fuel usage does not look bad when cutting and trimming what would be the equivalent of 4.5 acres per hr. at the rate I was cutting.

I timed this particular area for a reason of seeing just how fast the new machine would cut a known amount, while knowing it takes my other 28/66" Super Z 50 minutes to mow this same area. I will say I ran the mower at full stick in the long straight away passes; pushing to see just how fast I could mow this amount of grass. I will also say I would not normally push quite that hard...but close to it.

What this shows is the amount of productivity one can get from faster mowing speeds, if the higher speed can be utilized.
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Old 09-29-2012, 06:24 PM
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Sure you can, but at what price. Most ground isn't smooth enough for 10mph+ mowing. So you and the machine get beat to snot.
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Old 09-29-2012, 08:16 PM
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Sure you can, but at what price. Most ground isn't smooth enough for 10mph+ mowing. So you and the machine get beat to snot.
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I am 63 yrs. old, so I am very educated on what is tolerable and what is not when mowing. The heavier Super Z with its now extended wheel base, and the added flex forks make the mower ride extremely well at its fast mowing speeds. If it did not, you can bet a 63 yr. old body could not take it.

I could not run a 10 mph machine, the specs. state 10 mph., but in reality, by the time the PTO is running, and the grass drag while mowing comes into play, you will be lucky if cutting at 8.5 mph. This becomes very tedious when crawling around at that slow of a speed.
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Old 09-29-2012, 08:36 PM
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Anyone can cut at that speed, but getting the QPC that is required to make a consistant living is another thing. Some simple math when you know the circumference of your drive tires, the length of your blade, and the RPM's you're actually running will show that you simply don't get enough blade strikes per inch of forwards travel at those speeds to get a smooth, cleab cut like that required for nice lawns.

I will also add that even with a suspension system to smooth out your ride, the cut suffers from the deck bouncing around more than it needs to, or would at a more reasonable speed. It sure doesn't do anything good for the longevity of the machine IMO.

One other thing, you may be able to double cut at those speeds and still end up getting done faster, but why use the extra fuel?

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Old 09-29-2012, 09:08 PM
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Anyone can cut at that speed, but getting the QPC that is required to make a consistant living is another thing. Some simple math when you know the circumference of your drive tires, the length of your blade, and the RPM's you're actually running will show that you simply don't get enough blade strikes per inch of forwards travel at those speeds to get a smooth, cleab cut like that required for nice lawns.

I will also add that even with a suspension system to smooth out your ride, the cut suffers from the deck bouncing around more than it needs to, or would at a more reasonable speed. It sure doesn't do anything good for the longevity of the machine IMO.

One other thing, you may be able to double cut at those speeds and still end up getting done faster, but why use the extra fuel?
When I make the adjoining pass at full speed and see not one blade of grass left standing to the eyes sight, that is all I can ask of any mower. I agree, on perfectly manicured grass you would slow down, but then again on postage stamp size areas where you find manicured grass you would not take a mower of this size off the trailer.
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:18 PM
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When I make the adjoining pass at full speed and see not one blade of grass left standing to the eyes sight, that is all I can ask of any mower. I agree, on perfectly manicured grass you would slow down, but then again on postage stamp size areas where you find manicured grass you would not take a mower of this size off the trailer.
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up here there are quite a few extremely well manicured and irrigated lawns that range in size from 1-3 acres. They would be just the type of place for an SZ, but you wouldn't be able to benefit from its speed on any of them and still leave a perfect cut behind like most of these people would expect from an LCO. Now where you live, I doubt that you are fertilizing all of it and it is probably mainly field type grass I am guessing?If so, the fast top speeds may work out very well on that type of turf, but after doing the math, it just doesn't seem like it would be the cleanest looking cut on even that type of turf.

I may be way wrong, but after running the numbers, I just can't see how that few of strikes per inch of forwards travel can leave a clean cut.
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I am 63 yrs. old, so I am very educated on what is tolerable and what is not when mowing. The heavier Super Z with its now extended wheel base, and the added flex forks make the mower ride extremely well at its fast mowing speeds. If it did not, you can bet a 63 yr. old body could not take it.

I could not run a 10 mph machine, the specs. state 10 mph., but in reality, by the time the PTO is running, and the grass drag while mowing comes into play, you will be lucky if cutting at 8.5 mph. This becomes very tedious when crawling around at that slow of a speed.
The Flex Forks are Awesome! Surprised more guys don't run them. The amount of rain dictates how fast I can mow more than anything. Time is money in our business, I feel the need for Speed! :-)
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I can barely mow at my exmarks 8moh without getting jarred around. But I do agree. At full stick you can really shave some time... Espessially cutting at 15mph
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:39 AM
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Im with Ridin' on this one. The grasses in the pics are very thick bladed and stand up almost on thier own. I find that fine fescue is the hardest to stand up at speed especially when dry. Limp grasses are always the hardest to cut IMO not the grasses pictured here.
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:56 AM
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Im with Ridin' on this one. The grasses in the pics are very thick bladed and stand up almost on thier own. I find that fine fescue is the hardest to stand up at speed especially when dry. Limp grasses are always the hardest to cut IMO not the grasses pictured here.
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Fescue is impossible to cut at full speed, usually 3/4 stick is all I try for. I also agree about the ground conditions, we have very few properties where we can go full speed, and most of those are sports fields. If I can get 80% production out of my Z's on an average I'm happy with that, and so are my back and kidneys
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