36" or 21" in res

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jocko1104, Aug 19, 2002.

  1. jocko1104

    jocko1104 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 141

    I have a 36 encore 14 hp kaw
    echo trim
    echo blow
    Considering 21" snapper com grade

    Do yall use a 21 AT ALL in res yards? Sometimes it seems like it would be easier to make a pass with the 21 and then the 36 but then again its just one more piece of equipment to unload.

    Any insight?
  2. bubble boy

    bubble boy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,020

    making a pass with a 21" is useless.

    if the 36" fits use it. and make the pass with the trimmer.

    better quality cut. faster.
  3. AielLandscaping

    AielLandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 302

    all i use is 21" machines, and all i do is residential. that being said, i'm going to be adding a 36" stander. but if your already using only a 36" then i guess the question is how could you save time by using a smaller machine? keep in mind that adding a mower will change your load and unload time mostlikely.
  4. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    I do a lot of under 1/4 acre yards and usually if I can get my 60" in them and make it look good I'll use that. I do have a 22" mower but it is only used in one yard with a 30" gate.
  5. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,846

    Get the eXmark Viking 36" WB Hydro with a flex-deck contour mowing and trimming attachment for a 54" cut that flips up for thru the gates that are 36" then down for 54" then you have all bases covered. Small yards and larger yards

    Thanks, Brad - See us at the KC BBQ
  6. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,457

    I have a Toro 36" Hydro and a Toro 21" push, I only use the 21" on culverts and on two properties next door to each other where it's really hilly. I cant seem to stop the Hydro from scalping or keep the tires from leaving skid marks in the turns.

    I need them both, but would prefer to get rid of the 21" if I could.

  7. m&m

    m&m LawnSite Member
    Posts: 169

    if a 36 works , use it

    as for the 60 inch, i know it is twice as fast as the 36, but if ya really want to make the yars look good, and i say this loosely, using a msaller stripe on a msaller yard looks better, in my opinion.......its just looks more proportionate
  8. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Posts: 4,739

    ya, M&M is right.. a mower that is proportionally too big not only looks goofy, but is harder to manuever in some cases and you may be forced to only mow in one pattern. this may cause excess rutting which will look bad over time. It's funny to see 32" stripes on a lawn of 1 1/2 acres :p :p been there, done that LOL....
  9. TurfGuyTX

    TurfGuyTX LawnSite Senior Member
    from DFW
    Posts: 648

    Having the 21" mower will not harm you. You will find with time, you'll be using it sparingly. It will come in handy from time to time though. I carry two 21's regularly. They don't get used as much as the 61", but do get used. Good luck.
  10. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,846

    Come to the BBQ in KC and we will show you what a 36" eXmark WB with the Flex-Deck (54" total contour mowing and trimming cut) will do for you

    Thanks, Brad

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