48" or 60" deck?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by recyellow, Mar 3, 2011.

  1. recyellow

    recyellow LawnSite Member
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    I have a lot of residential cutomers and I am taking on some commercial cutomers this year. I had a 48" mower before, but was thinking about gonig to a 60" deck. Do you guys use 60" for residential yards or is that too big?
     
  2. Dogbonz

    Dogbonz LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'd stick with the 48 unless you are doing lot's of wide open area's, on larger lots.
     
  3. turftracerhp

    turftracerhp LawnSite Member
    from mo
    Posts: 133

    i had a 60 and its no good for residentials unless theres a lot of open ground.the deck is too wide to get an even cut on a small yard.48 or 52 will work alot better depending on the size of the yard.
     
  4. Green Feet Lawn

    Green Feet Lawn LawnSite Member
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    I went with 52". I think it is just right.
     
  5. Jimslawncareservice

    Jimslawncareservice LawnSite Platinum Member
    from mn
    Posts: 4,134

    48/52 is perfect for residentials. it also dependes on the size of commercials you want to get. around here there are only a couple commercials wide open enough for a 60/72. the rest are done with a 52/54 depending on make of mower.

    you also have to consider the weight a bigger machine has. i am sure a 48 has the smaller fram and engine. and a 60 will have a larger frame and engine adding weight.
     
  6. kilgoja

    kilgoja LawnSite Senior Member
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    get a 48" or 54"...i've used both on residentials...if you have more open yards that are over 1/2 acre in size then get a 54" for sure
     
  7. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
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    When I bought a 60" a couple years ago, I kept hearing people say "any lawn you can fit a 52" you can fit a 60" on fine"...well I found that not to be the case. The 60" was just too big and awkward on some smaller residentials.

    Right now I'm using a 54", great size to use on a variety of properties. I also have used a 52", which is another great size. These sizes can do fairly large properties and some smaller properties. 52"/54" give you a little extra trim capabilities over a 48".

    If you have a lot of residentials and gain some commercial (mid sized) you will be fine with a 48".
     
  8. Mountain Peak

    Mountain Peak LawnSite Member
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    It depends on your mix of work. Right now I have the luxury of not taking anything I can't get my 60 on. I had a 44 and kept getting larger yards so off to the 60 I went. I kind of wish I had both though, even as a single operator right now.
     
  9. QualityLawnCare4u

    QualityLawnCare4u LawnSite Gold Member
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    I have owned 2 48" z's and 2 60's and I will tell you for residentual the 48 is the perfect size for me. There was a lot of places, gates, between flower beds the 48 will fit but not the 60 so I got rid of all my 60's.
     
  10. SouthSide Cutter

    SouthSide Cutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,333

    The frames are the same and its only about 4" on each side on a 60 compared to a 54. Weight is nothing also. Us a 60 on everything. To me its either a 48 or a 60-61.
     

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