48 or 61 wb hydro

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by John at JDH Select, Feb 25, 2004.

  1. John at JDH Select

    John at JDH Select LawnSite Member
    from Indy
    Posts: 66

    I am going to purchase a new wb for this season and am getting mixed input from everyone I speak to. The purchase is solely for residential mowing, 1/2 acre or less. A few of my counterparts claim that a 61" deck is perfect, while others claim it is to large to put on most residential lawns. What do you guys think?
     
  2. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,929

    John,

    We do quite a bit of residential mowing and the two mowers we use are a Ferris 52"Dual Hydro wb and a 48" Wright Stander. These mowers are very versatile, hold hills well, and easy to operate. I think 61" is a little too large and on most residentials you would not be saving that much time by having a larger deck anyway. We will also be using a Walker 48" GHS for manicuring & cleanups. Save the larger mowers for wide open areas. Just my .02

    Chris
     
  3. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Posts: 4,739

    52" goes everywhere almost it seems like it fits into all the tight spots and i have one half acre lawn I do it will mow it in 15-20 minutes with sulky. 48" would fit through a couple gates I can't squeeze through but you may need a 52" and use a 21" for those small areas. If you need one large machine to do it all I'd say 52".
     
  4. thelawnkid

    thelawnkid LawnSite Member
    Posts: 139

    go with a 52, because it will go anywhere a 48 will, and it will cut a little better, because it has longer blades. The 4" difference seems like it wouldn't make a difference, but it does. And I think a 52" stripe looks the best
     
  5. Gabriel Turf

    Gabriel Turf LawnSite Member
    Posts: 72

    I agree, 52". A 61" on a half acre would be fine, but on a 400 sq ft front lawn?
     
  6. Lux Lawn

    Lux Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,267

    I would also go with the 52 it sounds like the lawns are not that big.Most of our lawns are between 3000k-10000k and we use 48in and 52in mowers.
     

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