28 Acres...no clue where to start!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by HPI_Savage25, Oct 18, 2012.

  1. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
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    That's why these, "help me bid this I don't have a clue" threads are a waste of time. When I don't have a clue, I don't dive in head first. If I want to bid on properties without looking at them, this is the place to come. :laugh:
     
  2. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
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    What are you mowing? Must be parking lots to mow full speed all the time. Also I know no one is slacking because I'm running one of the Z's. I just had to put on my hip waders, the BS i getting pretty deep.... :rolleyes:
     
  3. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
    from MI
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    They make ztrs that go 15mph with full suspension for a reason, and now 18mph. You think were mowing at 5mph??? That's why these mowers are upwards of 19 grand.
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  4. LibertyFarmLandscaping

    LibertyFarmLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NE TX
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    I was being sarcastic. The 35hp VG has plenty of torque and I've demoed plenty of diesels since being in business since 2000. The Vanguard only uses 2gph in very tall wet grass. It avgs 1.6 to 1.7 in most normal conditions. The last one I bought in June was $9400 +ttl.
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  5. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
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    That sounds a little bit better.
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  6. MOturkey

    MOturkey LawnSite Silver Member
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    You are right. The problem is, not all turf is mowable at full stick, even with slower ZTR's. I learned that lesson 3 years ago when I bought a new Diesel Gravely. The mowing season had just commenced, and I was mowing a lawn we used to service that was well shaded, and always moist. It was an EOW mow, and one portion of the lawn in particular, where there were numerous trees, always grew like gangbusters. The grass was probably a good 10 inches tall, thick, and fine.

    I took off with my shiny new diesel, and quickly discovered that with the additional torque, it wasn't necessary to slow down as I had always done with my gasser. I was elated, and kept the hammer down, mowing the area in record time. When the job was completed, I got to looking and realized that the area under the trees looked like crap, because it hadn't cut all the grass cleanly, just whacked it, leaving an uneven cut. I ended up going over the whole area again, meaning my record time, was a new record, but on the slow end of the scale.

    And, yes, my blades were sharp. And, yes, they were high lifts. And, yes the deck was clean.

    Perhaps there is a mower that can operate with 100% efficiency on all turf, at all speeds, I don't know. I just know that has not been my experience.
     
  7. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
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    I agree and that why I said if he does biweekly then its gonna suck. With my 15 acres if I keep it every 7 it don't get away from me. Now if its 10 it will add 40 min to my time. My kubota with a 6.5 inch deep deck can handle more grass at a time more than most ztrs because its not fighting the grass as much as most mowers but I think it would be about the same as the scag tt.
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  8. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
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    Do you mow 15 mph on ALL properties? I don't, some properties it is impossible to mow more than 1/2 to 3/4 stick. Grass conditions aside sometimes the ground doesn't permit mowing as fast as the mower is capable of. What mower are you buying for 20k anyways? Must be a great mower for that price.
     
  9. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
    from MI
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    The dixy diesel, ferris diesel, jd diesel, scag diesel, grasshopper diesel, then at 15-17 grand is kubota diesel, toro diesel, gravely diesel, bad boy diesel, hustler diesel, and so on.
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  10. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
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    We just got quoted a Deere diesel for 14k. Our Walkers ran around the same.
     

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