48 inch vs 52

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by kebrowns, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. kebrowns

    kebrowns LawnSite Member
    Posts: 203

    Before I go out there in cash spending land was wondering is there any advantage over the 48 or 52. Would one be more productive? Would One be more useful?
  2. Deererunner

    Deererunner LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 319

    I mainly run 52's over 48's because they are bigger, not by much but try are. After overlap, you still get a true 48" cut. A lot of companies though will run 48's due to gates. Majority of my properties do not have gates but the ones that do, have 32" gate openings so I squeeze my 32" cut for them. Between the 48 & 52, you are not goin to notice a large difference. It mainly comes down to wether or not you have gated back yards. Hope that helps.
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  3. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,064

    48 walk behind will fit in a truck. I have both a 48 walk behind and a 52 rider and the 48 fits in a lot of places that the 52 does not. It seems that a lot of spaces between landscaping features are 4 feet apart. Either one should be fine though...hard to make a convincing arguement for one or the other.
  4. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,974

    I don't run any large than 48. All my accounts are less than 5k of actual turf. PVC fencing is now the standard and usually come 48 gates which I can just squeeze through with a blocker plate on.
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  5. jones68

    jones68 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 453

    I carry a 21" push mower, 36" walk behind, a 48" walk behind, and a 56" zero turn. they all have their advantages i can say that i use each one every day. the 21" mostly on ditches and steep slopes that the walk behind cant do. the 36" for gated areas, it seems most places here use a 36-42" gate. the 48" for hills that the zero wont hold, and over curbed areas. and the 56" for all the other areas. My father has 2 48" zero turns and the big complaint about them is that the deck does not stick out past the wheels making going around trees and such i little bit of a pain. that made my decision to buy a larger zero when i bought mine. He is currently in the market for a 52-56" zero or 2

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