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Old 07-21-2008, 11:55 PM
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Exmark Turf Tracer, 48 or 52 inch?

Wondering if I can get some feedback on the Exmark TurfTracer 48 or 52 inch mowers. I'm not sure which to get. The dealer said that 95% of guys that buy, go with a 48in. Most of my lawn are less than 15,000k so he said with that avg, I'd not even notice a diff. between a 48 and 52. I have a 36 in Scag now with pistol grip/belt drive so i am looking forward to the hydro power as well as easier on the hands in the case of this Exmark. But if I go with a 48 inch, should I go with the 17 hp or 19 hp? My Scag is 16 hp and it's o 36 so I'm thinking 19 would be best. I'm planning on using a velky too. Will this mower give me as good a cut as the scag? I know it costs like twice as much so it should, I just want to hear it from u guys. I'd go with Scag on this purchase if only they had the ECS ( i think it's called) that easier grip/controls. I'm considering this above all other mowers because I see more Exmarks with the big companies than any other mower so there must be something to that.
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Old 07-22-2008, 12:48 AM
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go with the bigger deck, my company runs with a 52 and 36 turf tracer
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Old 07-22-2008, 11:26 AM
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If he sells 95% of tthp's with the 48"deck then to me that says something. I would get the 48" because it seems to be the mower working best for everyone in your area.
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Old 07-22-2008, 12:16 PM
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I've got a 48" TTHP with a kawi 17hp engine. The 19hp electric start option would be awsome but cost an extra $900 at my dealer. I use a sulky with it, it pulls just fine. It's a little light in the front with a sulky but some weights or just a little common sense will take care of that.

48" or 52" I sometimes wish I went with the 52" so the next tthp I buy will be larger.

It sometimes bogs down a tiny bit in thicker grass, but can hold it's own for sure. The 19hp would most likely take care of most of that.

I also have a pistol grip gear drive eX...I hate using it, lets just say that I have gotten a little spoiled using the ecs and hydro pumps, I gotten so good with the controls, I could mow a lawn sitting on my sulky in reverse!

Anyways...great choice in a WB
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Old 07-22-2008, 12:44 PM
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I would go with the 52" 19hp! Not too many 50" gates in our area, but i guess i do have one! trust me, you will notice the extra 4"! 52" & 36" is a great set up!Also, A little extra hp never hurt anyone!
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Old 07-22-2008, 01:25 PM
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Most of my properties ( about 40) are under 15,000 sq foot. I only have 2-3 that are approaching an acre. THe dealer said I'd not be able to notice a difference in time with these size properties so to just go with the 48. I'm not sure.
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Old 07-22-2008, 01:37 PM
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ive had 48" and 52" w/b and really didnt have much difference. for the $$$$ i would just get the 48". the 52" does have a little bit more of a trim edge, but the 48" can get as close as needed w/ practice.

i would get a proslide on it though, it doesnt leave that nasty wheel mark in the middle of your stripes.

my tthp is a 19hp 48" and i'm glad i have the 19, makes a big difference when mulching, but if you're going to be bagging or discharging the 16 hp is fine. ive had several 48" w/b gear and hydro drives w/ 15 and 14 hp motors and if i wasnt mulching i could go through ANYTHING and never bog. i think the 52" i had only had a 16 hp and it was plenty. imo the only reason to get the bigger motor is for mulching.
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Old 07-22-2008, 01:41 PM
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if you are mowing yards with gates go with the 48, otherwise et the 52 because thats less passes you have to make, and more gas saved
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Old 07-22-2008, 03:06 PM
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on a 15,000 sq ft yard 4" isnt going to save too many passes, and w/ the added weight and hp it wont save gas.
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Old 07-22-2008, 06:29 PM
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True 4" isn't going to make a huge difference in 1 lawn but in the long run it could benefit you. If you can save 1 minute per lawn with the 52" thats 40 minutes per week (atleast one more lawn per week). If that extra lawn is a $40 lawn that would put an extra $1200 in your pocket each year (assuming you have a 30 week season). So that 52" could actually make you more money than the 48".
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