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Old 09-28-2014, 05:54 PM
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48" vs 52"

Looking at bigger wb's and undecided about size. I think a 48 would suit my purposes best because because 48s barely fit through some gates where a 52 wouldn't at all. But does having that extra 4 inches make a big deference? For example, mowing at the same speed with both sizes, is the 52 all that more productive.
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Old 09-28-2014, 06:36 PM
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get the 52" and don't look back. Get the biggest mower that you feasibly can. I had the same dilemma as you at the beggining of this year and i went with a 52. best decision of my grass cutting career. it compliments my 36" nicely too.
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Old 09-28-2014, 07:17 PM
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All I can tell you is that from a 52 inch to a 61 on a medium size lawn I notice a 3-6 min difference. I do around 25 lawns and will still keep my mower unless I am mowing acres of land out in the field.
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Old 09-28-2014, 08:22 PM
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All I can tell you is that from a 52 inch to a 61 on a medium size lawn I notice a 3-6 min difference. I do around 25 lawns and will still keep my mower unless I am mowing acres of land out in the field.
Which i do less than a quarter acre, to about a 3/4 acre currently, so i figure, 3 passes with a 48" would equal a foot im missing compared to a 52. So 12 passes with the 48 and i only out 4' cut pass which is one pass compared to a 52. Theoretically. I know there is overlap but that's not a big difference.
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Old 09-28-2014, 08:27 PM
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The main advantage of a 48 inch deck mower is more room for other things.
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Old 09-28-2014, 08:30 PM
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The main advantage of a 48 inch deck mower is more room for other things.
What do you mean by that?
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Old 09-28-2014, 08:46 PM
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I think the easiest way to think about this is to consider the math.....it doesn't lie. All other things being equal, the 52" will take 10% less time to mow the same area as the 48".

Only other thing to consider/keep in mind is the place(s) where the 48" will fit into, but the 52" won't.
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Old 09-29-2014, 12:43 PM
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My experience is with 3 mowers.
1 - 48 inch walk behind
1 - 52 inch Z
1 - 60 inch Z
Long story made short. As time went on, my walk behind 48 inch was used less and less. I found ways and customers to use the 52 inch Z more and more. 2 Years ago parked the walk behind and sold. Got the 60 inch Z too. Today my favorite mower is still the 52 inch Z. Its perfect for most everything I do. However I don't have anything with a gate, by choice.
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Old 09-29-2014, 05:35 PM
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is this a fixed desk walk behind, or floating deck?

back in 2000-2001 we upgraded from 48s to 52s… huge crazy difference (I also kinda think maybe the 52s go a little faster, but I can't prove it)

The Company CFO asked the same thing when we wanted to spend the extra $$ to buy 52s, instead of just getting more 48s…"Does 4" really make a difference?"

YES.

But…what is your other mower to cut on the other side of gates?

all the time saved/gained with a 52 is lost when you have to push mow some big areas past a gate.

when in doubt, 48 for anything 3 acres an under will do the trick…


Ideally, I prefer a team if 36 and 52… which is why if it's down to ONE mower… I tend to shoot for 48
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Old 09-29-2014, 08:44 PM
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I have a 52 turf tiger because its the biggest deck that I can use and still get in all my gates.
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