15 Acre Lot

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by SusanC, May 9, 2008.

  1. SusanC

    SusanC LawnSite Member
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    We have a 15 acre lot that we have been mowing with a 60" deck, John Deere. We are wanting to cut down on the amount of time it takes to mow and are now in the process of trading up to a wide-area mower, 128" deck. The lot is relatively flat with a small pond. Is this overkill?? But we really don't won't to continue to spend all weekend mowing. What do y'all think about this mower? And do you have any other recommendations???

    Thanks,
    Susan
     
  2. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    I would recomend investion in a 40hp farm tractor. With a 3pt finish mower you should be able to mow 15 acers in a couple of hours. Plus a tractor has so many uses.
     
  3. Chilehead

    Chilehead LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Stockbridge, GA
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    That's using your noggin'.
     
  4. Fordsuvparts

    Fordsuvparts LawnSite Senior Member
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    He wrote what I was thinking, this would be the perfect solution to your problem and then leave you most of the weekend to enjoy your self.
     
  5. JTF40

    JTF40 LawnSite Senior Member
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  6. JohnnyRoyale

    JohnnyRoyale LawnSite Senior Member
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    definitely overkill-he's right on with the tractor suggestion.
     
  7. Marcos

    Marcos LawnSite Gold Member
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    15 acres, huh ?!?

    Did you ever think of putting at least an acre or two of your land into "prairie" and / or "wetlands" use ?

    Up here in Ohio there are bunches of folks in somewhat rural areas who have big pieces of land...who are able to get pretty decent State of Ohio tax credits annually just because of their (sometimes VERY modest :rolleyes:) efforts to re-introduce prairie grasses, etc.

    Honestly, some of the folks that create "wetlands" just use a backhoe to scrape away at the soil enough to get some cattails to grow, and a few dragonflies and frogs to stop by. :laugh:

    But you'll no doubt get as "serious" about it as your conscience allows you to !!

    Here's a way you might be able to save about 5 K in taxes...over the next 5 years or so :

    http://www.state.tn.us/twra/habitatconserv.html
     
  8. SusanC

    SusanC LawnSite Member
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    Actually, this is the mower my husband is seriously considering. We have only lived here for a couple of years but we do have the reduced tax credit (or whatever it is called) for farms. We do mow all of it right now and because we are in a subdivision we pretty much are required to do so. Ah, the joys of living with a homeowners association. Whole different topic for another time. Anywho, questions .......... will a 40+ hp tractor really mow 15 acres in a couple of hours??? I am just having difficulty believing this. I have read where some of you guys believe a tractor does not mow well, more for farm use.

    Susan
     
  9. hmartin

    hmartin LawnSite Senior Member
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    If you can afford the wide area mower, I say go for it. While the WAM will not have the versatility of the tractor, the cut quality and maneuverability will be much better. It sounds like your neighborhood is very upscale. I have heard that there are a lot of beautiful houses springing up around Franklin.

    The mower is only overkill if it is too big to use effectively or out of your price range.

    A 72" ZRT mower would be about 20% faster than what you have now and a lot less expensive than a WAM or a tractor. I know a LCO that cuts 30 acres with a 72" Ferris and a 60" JD every week.
     
  10. Big Hoss

    Big Hoss LawnSite Member
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    I have a 23 hp ford 1520 4wd tractor that I bush hog and finish mow with. In fifth gear it will finish mow a piece of ground like yours between 3 and 4 hours. However the cut does not look as good and if the ground is soft or still wet you will eventually feel some ruts developing over time. The tractor will be way more versatile than what you currently have or are looking at. Wait until you see all the aatachments you can buy or rent. Get the turf tires and do not "load" them with calcium as this adds weight. I would go check out New Holland's compact tractors. Keep the ZTR for around the house as it will look better. IMO.
    Albert
     

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