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Old 03-06-2013, 12:24 PM
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I had a 36" wb and replaced it with a 42 rider for not much more or the same. Much happier with the little z as I call it, but still to small to cut much grass. 42 still fits every walkthrough gate I have come across.
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Old 03-06-2013, 12:29 PM
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get a 36, a 48, and a 52 inch stand-on
then a 36, 48, 52 inch walkbehind.
then everyone here will be proud of the fact that they led you in the right direction.
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Old 03-06-2013, 12:42 PM
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get a 36, a 48, and a 52 inch stand-on
then a 36, 48, 52 inch walkbehind.
then everyone here will be proud of the fact that they led you in the right direction.
Except what's his name that tells people to put a 72" z in a 36" space.
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Old 03-06-2013, 01:00 PM
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The yards I cut are smaller yards with not too many gates. The rider I have is a 48" so I think I am going to go with a good and reliable 36" and then maybe get a cheaper 48" or larger. hi_speedreed, can I use a sulky with a belt driven walk behind? I was told that it is too much stress on the mower. Thanks for your opinions everyone.
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Old 03-06-2013, 01:04 PM
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The yards I cut are smaller yards with not too many gates. The rider I have is a 48" so I think I am going to go with a good and reliable 36" and then maybe get a cheaper 48" or larger. hi_speedreed, can I use a sulky with a belt driven walk behind? I was told that it is too much stress on the mower. Thanks for your opinions everyone.
Yes you can. I'm over 200lbs. I had them on 36&48 metros. No problems. The 36's were 10 years old. Original transmissions.
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Old 03-06-2013, 01:11 PM
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Wow, good to know. Thanks alot Jimslawncareservice.
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Old 03-06-2013, 01:19 PM
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Everyone should have a business plan. And you should have the right size equipment to carry out that plan. I will not take a yard that requires more than 5 min. with a 21''. If a 48'' or bigger won't fit I pass.
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Old 03-06-2013, 06:08 PM
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The yards I cut are smaller yards with not too many gates. The rider I have is a 48" so I think I am going to go with a good and reliable 36" and then maybe get a cheaper 48" or larger. hi_speedreed, can I use a sulky with a belt driven walk behind? I was told that it is too much stress on the mower. Thanks for your opinions everyone.
I would get a 36" for the gates and areas where the 48" will not fit.

How are you going to pay for these mowers, cash, loan?

Being you already have a 48", and have to pay off two new mowers with a loan there is no point to take on a second payment at this point buying a 48" when you already have one.

Being you have only a few property's with gates it would seem to be better to wait till the 36" is paid off then get a 52" - 60" mower.

You then will increase your productivity.

You can do the smaller property's with the 36 and 48 mon & tue, larger prop's wed & thur with the 36, 52 - 60.

Then your 48 which is older will last longer because is will not be used as much.
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Old 03-06-2013, 07:39 PM
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I used a 36" ExMark Metro for a number of years with a sulky because I had some yards with 36" gates. Now I have a 42" Big Dog z-turn that takes care of most everything, but still keep an ExMark Phazer 36" rider for smaller properties. It's a back up.
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Old 03-06-2013, 08:19 PM
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You should buy the 36" brand new and not even worry about a 48 wb because you already have 48 ztr. I have a 36 wb and a 60 ztr, I will be adding a 48/52 wb within the next week and possibly a 72 ztr before the season starts as well.

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