48" Hyrdo Walk Behind w/ Sulky VS. 54" Zero Turn

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by newguy123, May 12, 2013.

  1. newguy123

    newguy123 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I know there's an obvious difference in size, 6 inches, but with that what are your thoughts on the 2 in terms of productivity on 1/4 acre residential lots? Do you think the 54" zero turn will shave off more time on small residential lots versus a 48" hydro walk behind with sulky? Or would it be pretty minimal?

    Thank you for the input...
     
  2. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    Id get a walk behind, on 1/4 acre, If there all flat a Toro Grandstand might be nice although pricey.
     
  3. newguy123

    newguy123 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have both...just wondering everyone's thoughts on these two mowers on 1/4 acre residential lawns.
     
  4. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
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    You can't mow lots much under an acre in size efficiently with a Ztr.
    You just can't, the Wb is way faster in those smaller lots.

    Don't forget you also need to figure in cost differences.

    The Ztr's don't really come out ahead until we get into at least 3/4's of an acre.
    Big wide open areas is what the Ztr is designed for.
    On small lots, the Wb comes out the winner.
     
  5. newguy123

    newguy123 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    That's kind of what I was thinking, thank you sir!
     
  6. newguy123

    newguy123 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Bump...any more thoughts?
     
  7. KV9064

    KV9064 LawnSite Member
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    48" Walk behind is easier on the turf when its wet. Its perfect fit for 1/2 acre or smaller lots.
     
  8. newguy123

    newguy123 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Do you think there will be a decrease in productivity (in minutes) between a 48" and a 54" zt?
     
  9. KV9064

    KV9064 LawnSite Member
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    on small lots you may find the walk behind may be faster and easier to use than the ZT ,
     
  10. newguy123

    newguy123 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Roger that, thank you sir!
     

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