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36inch walk behind or larger

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by aa1campbell, Dec 30, 2007.

  1. aa1campbell

    aa1campbell LawnSite Member
    Posts: 4

    Hello, Just started my company last year and looking to expand this year. In the process of buying several new pieces of equipment and was wondering about the 36 inch deck, I see on several of you guys listing that you own one or more, I was thinking bigger is better, so is it a good buy or go big,
  2. sikagrass

    sikagrass LawnSite Member
    Posts: 238

    Do you have gates where you would need a 36? If not go with the bigger mower to up your productivity.Welcome to LS

    SNAPPER MAN LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,443

    A 32 or 36 mower is probably the most versatile mower on the market. I couldnt live without my 32. A 32 or 36 is a necissity.
  4. Accu-cut Lawn Care

    Accu-cut Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,206

    For general lawns, a 36" is a time killer. I've had many mowers in my day... and I'd have to say that once you've mowed with a bigger deck, breaking out a 36 is torture to mow more than a few k sq ft.
  5. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,096

    I have a 36" wb and I have run into a few cases were it was to small. I'm considering a 32" for next season.
  6. Accu-cut Lawn Care

    Accu-cut Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,206

    All things being equal, a 60" deck is most versatile. It's capable of mowing .10 to 5 acre properties.
  7. Accu-cut Lawn Care

    Accu-cut Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,206

    ... whereas, a 36" is only efficient up to 5,000 square feet.
  8. Rhett

    Rhett LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,071

    If you do have gates or tight landscapes start with a 36. If needed in the future add a bigger deck in the future. In my case if the 48 breaks down no big deal. If the 36 breaks down the day is over. Thats why I have a spare 36.
  9. IA_James

    IA_James LawnSite Silver Member
    from Iowa
    Posts: 2,593

    Depends on the yards you're going to be mowing. If you have lots of tight access (gates, houses/garages/sheds/landscaping close together) properties, then the 36 is that cat's meow. 52/61/72" are real time savers, but they do you no good if you only get to take if off the trailer for 2 of your 10 properties that day.
  10. texpro

    texpro LawnSite Member
    Posts: 67

    start w/ 36 then as u grow get a bigger one

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