Originally Posted by dropctony
I like speed but I like QOC too. I used my gps to get my speed and it only measured 5-6.2mph tops. I don't know what's going on, bu it was supposed to be 10mph or "up to." Guess I will have to do a little more research on her. I know the cheetah 61" and above does 12mph low gear and 16mph high gear, but on the new 52" and 48" it says up to 10.5mph. May e it is the same for my mower.
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That's it in a nutshell.
If a guy cuts crap grass, or stiff easy to cut southern grass that allows top speed, then great, but for those of us in the north or elsewhere that have finer yards to maintain, and grass that doesn't cut qcleanly quite so easily, speed is a distant second place consideration compared with the finished product. Too, as I've said many times on here, speed isn't usable in very many places due to landscaping or lawn shape, but even where we can open up the speed a bit, the QOC simply must come first to stay in business, and you will never get that at top speed regardless of who makes the mower, on northern turf especially.