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Old 04-12-2014, 10:48 AM
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Am I backwards?

I have a 2008 Hustler 36" fastrak mini. Last season I ditched the Kees Kutter 36" WB I had and got a 52" Great Dane Stander. I really like both of my big mowers. I'm wondering, though, if I'm backwards. I sometimes feel like I should have a 36" stander and a big ztr instead of a 36" ztr and a big stander. Opinions?
Lawns range in size from single backyards on patio homes, to 1.16 acre plots of solid st.aug, to a large funeral home.
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Old 04-12-2014, 11:06 AM
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It depends on what you are doing and where you cut and your jobs, I will tell you I have been doing this for over 30 years professionally although most of my customer's would debate the professional part. They would say it's more like the 3 stooges minus 2 of the stooges.

Any how to me the best do it all combo would be a 36 WB,48 or 52 stander and a High Speed 72 Z. With proper bidding and the right accounts a modern 13 or 16 MPH 72 can make the easiest hassel free money but it all depends on where you are cutting and your accounts.

Labor intensive accounts for the most part for me are not as profitable although I enjoy the workout, the mow blow and go are the best and a 72 rocks for this.

A 60 would probably work better on a funeral home. St Augustine heavy Z's tear the turf bad. I like a compact stander on this turf. My Old great Dane could like skat around corners and not tear the grass much but a 1200 or 1500 pound Z screws the accounts up bad so they really do not save time because you have to go slow. Here in north FL people are demanding no big Z's because of this the turf is tender here.

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Old 04-13-2014, 12:57 AM
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Yea you are backwards but oh well it works doesn't it?
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Old 04-13-2014, 10:54 AM
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Yea you are backwards but oh well it works doesn't it?
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It does work, you are correct. It gets a little tiring doing some of the large properties on the stander, though. Don't get me wrong, it beats the hell out of a WB, even with a sulky, but it does still get tiring. Not to mention, I like the compactness of the standers, so a 36" stander would be awesome, IMO.
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Old 04-13-2014, 11:30 AM
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Do you have problems in TX with the mower tearing St Augustine up? In south FL because all the heat and less shade the turf is tougher than wear I am. I like the 36 riders myself and feel it is comparable to a stander. It is just the versatility of a 36 WB can be hard to beat.

Texas is wide open isn't it 72 territory? The only reason I say this is because people who can use a 72 once they buy one cannot believe how much more productive they are and find the 52 or 60 does not get used nearly as much so a stander is good and can be more versatile than a rider.

I do not know how strong the turf is in your area but a lot and I mean a lot of crews here are dumping the heavy Z's and going with lighter units on high end properties because of turf damage. So because a compact stander does not tear the grass as much when turning they have real good merits.

Your not really backwards, it depends on what works for you in your area. My area has a lot of big open areas and small as well. The dealers for what ever reason push 60's but more people are adding 72's to their fleet I notice as the main cleanup mower and going with lighter midsize mowers for high end work.
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