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Old 12-08-2011, 05:34 PM
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Fitting through gates

I am looking at purchasing a walk behind that is smaller than my 52" stand on for the purpose of fitting into the gated backyards, push mowing these backyards is pretty much a waste of time. I am trying to find a walk behind that isn't really small but will still go through the gates. I have heard from some other people in the business that you can "hook" a medium to larger walk behind into gated backyards. I have been looking at the Toro 40" floating deck belt drive as an option, but wouldn't put a 48" Toro or Exmark Turf Tracer out of the picture if they will make it into gated yards.
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Old 12-08-2011, 05:43 PM
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We have a 36 scag for gates.
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Old 12-08-2011, 05:44 PM
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If it were me, I would do a 32" or 36". I wouldn't want to chance damaging property . And by the time you get it in you'll have lost the little time gained by a deck a few inches bigger. What size gates are at your properties?
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Old 12-08-2011, 06:09 PM
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I would say most of the are between 38 and 42 inches, the small ones that I am having trouble with that is. The rest of the gated properties are double gates so fitting my 52" stand on is not breaking a sweat.
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Old 12-08-2011, 06:27 PM
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I would say most of the are between 38 and 42 inches, the small ones that I am having trouble with that is. The rest of the gated properties are double gates so fitting my 52" stand on is not breaking a sweat.
If there 38-42 inches I would go with a 36'' WB. because a 36'' and 52'' is a pretty good combo.
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Old 12-08-2011, 06:48 PM
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I wouldn't get the 40" Toro... this deck is known to pack up and leave clumps due to its configuration of 3 blades contained in a such a small deck. Do a search of the 40" toro turboforce deck and you will see several complaints.

Also I wouldn't try to "hook" a mower through a gate because the tires will tear up the grass when you're trying to pivot and maneuver the mower through the gate. It might not hurt the turf the first time you do it but it will eventually as you'll have to place the mower the same exact way every week when you're trying to maneuver it through a small gate
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Old 12-08-2011, 06:52 PM
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personally i'd never put anything bigger than the gate opening into the back yard.

if the gate opening isn't wide enough for the 40" or 48" your considering i'd go down to a 36".

why mess with the risk of damaging your mower or the clients property or fence?

plus i can drive a 36" mower through the gate opening faster than someone could "hook" a 40" mower through that same gate opening.

people make things so complicated some times.
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Old 12-08-2011, 07:34 PM
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You're not going to be anymore productive using a 40 over a 36 in just back yards. Get the 36 it will use the same blades as the 52 too. It may be cheaper and easier to convert the gates over to allow the larger mower in than to buy a new mower for a few accounts.
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Old 12-08-2011, 08:40 PM
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36 all the way!!! no need to hastle with "hooking" it in. 52-36 is a good combo too, like metioned before. atleast thats what i run and that seems to be most efficient for me.
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Old 12-08-2011, 09:11 PM
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If you're running a 52" then get the same brand 36" mower to have interchangable blades and spindles.
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