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10/11 Acres with 15-20% Grade?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by xRUSTYx, May 14, 2013.

  1. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
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    I would pay someone to use a big tractor to finish mower the 11 acres. Bush hog then use a Finish mower to get it down to where it can be mowed. Then go buy a 60 inch Zero turn. You probably want a 60" to do 11+ acres. Hopefully the neighbors will let you use it on their lawns. You don't want to get too heavy and/or big of a mower for such small lawns. Maybe the 60" can be a back up for your JD?
  2. xRUSTYx

    xRUSTYx LawnSite Member
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    You bring up a good point Charles, and that's the heft & weight that come's along with a lot of the 60"+ commercial zero turn's.

    Oh, and I mispoke on my OP. Lawn sizes are about 11,000 sq ft or so, not the entire lot! :hammerhead: LOL

    Lot sizes are right at about 1/2 acre.
  3. Brules

    Brules LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Oklahoma
    Posts: 502

    Wow, what a gorgeous piece of land!!!!!
  4. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,353

    Gravely Pro-Turn 472 with Kubota diesel is what I would use.
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  5. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Posts: 14,132

    Not sure what you've seen, or how someone operated their tractor, or for that matter, if they had it set up concerning blade sharpness and whether or not the deck was leveled and pitched correctly and NOT riding on the gauge wheels or if they were even set correctly for the height of cut.

    I can tell you first hand, a properly set up CUT or SCUT with a belly mower will cut as cleanly and stripe as nicely as any Z made.

    I've owned several CUT's a Z's on top of a ton of true garden tractors and they do excellent work, and can do it at a decent pace to boot. No slipping or sliding on slippery hills with 4WD tractors (especially when it's wet out) like a Z either.

    Use a SCUT/CUT for the large area and hills and get a decent ZTR for the mowing of smaller areas and other folks properties.
  6. JDGlandscape

    JDGlandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 506

    I agree. I would try and find a 72" ZTR with a diesel engine for the property. But if you are still going to mow the other properties a 60" would be a great compromise. Another huge thing you are going to want to consider is getting the most comfortable riding mower possible. Fields like that definitely can beat the crap out of you and you will have to slow way down. The gravely 400 series fits the bill perfectly. The air ride seat with rubber isolators is much better than your typical spring suspension seat. and Gravelys are a good amount cheaper than other brands also
  7. xRUSTYx

    xRUSTYx LawnSite Member
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    Thanks Brules :) We're hoping to build our dream/forever home there some day :)

    Thanks for the suggestion ... I'll see if I can get a demo.

    Ridin ... appreciate your input. A SCUT would certainly be nice for bushhogging while we are not living there. I don't mind a rotary cutter until we move there, the problem being, I figure I atleast need 4WD, 50+ horses, and to ballast the wheels. All in all ~ I'm looking at an easy $35 - $40k without all the neat attachments. Was hoping to stay within $20ish or perhaps $25ish (where the Ventrac is approx priced)

    I've never fully tested a commercial ZTR ... I've ridden one or two before, but my little JD takes care of what I need it too now and the several accounts like mine that are all flat.

    I guess my main question on a commercial zero turn would be how well does it move through 12"-24" brush/thick grass? Assuming you set the ZTR at the highest level (6" or so).
  8. StanWilhite

    StanWilhite LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,095

    I'd look at all of the dealerships that are reasonably close to where you live, and that sell true commercial grade ZTR's. I'd be looking for one with a 72" deck and a (30+ hp) engine. As I'm sure you know, there are pros and cons when comparing diesel engines to gas engines. Which is best?.... that just depends on what you like, and what works best for you. You can use the "search button" here on LS and find endless debates on the subject. :)

    Next I'd want to demo the mower on my own property. If a dealer won't let you demo a mower, personally I'd thank them, then I'd mark them off of my list.

    A lot of these true commercial mowers use common "off the shelf" components that are somewhat "standard" among the machines. Again, as I'm sure you know by now, these commercial mowers are very expensive, but if taken care of, they can last for thousands and thousands of hours.

    The dealers however, are a different story....they sometimes vary wildly!
    I cannot overstate how important a good dealer is. Good or bad, you'll more than likely be dealing with the one you buy from for many years.

    Some dealers will bend over backward to help you, while other dealers will try to bend you over forward when "helping you"! (if you catch my drift) :cry:

    Here is a partial list of true commercial mowers that come to mind (I'm sure I missed several, but I'm sure you can look around online and find a list).
    (In no particular order)
    Bob Cat
    Bad Boy
    John Deere
    Dixie Chopper

    Hope this helps you....enjoy the "hunt"! :drinkup:
  9. xRUSTYx

    xRUSTYx LawnSite Member
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    *** CUT, not SCUT! My thinking was around a JD 4720 or similar :)
  10. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,144

    To save myself the pain, humiliation and embarrassment of finding out the exact reason why that field has been bush hogged for how many years, I would skip the big lawn mower dreams and get a tractor and done, but that's just me.

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