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48 versus 52

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by JLC, Jun 21, 2001.

  1. JLC

    JLC LawnSite Senior Member
    from IA
    Posts: 467

    For a walkbehind, why do companies offer a 48 and 52. This question has been burning me up. Is the 4 extra inches really worth it? I would think that you would either get a 48 or 60. Can anyone come up with a good answer? Obviously someone is buying these or they wouldn't make them.
  2. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,144

    I dont understand it either! I have used both and prefer a 48 for uneven terrain... scalps noticably less!
  3. CMerLand

    CMerLand LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 393

    My guess is because a 48 will fit between the wheel wells in the back of the pickup truck where a 52 inch wont, for those guys who carry their equipment in the back of the truck.

  4. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Posts: 4,831

    Maybe a 52" is the biggest that will fit in the back of a pickup. This is the only thing I can think of.

    I guess I should of clicked refresh to see if anyone else had posted this. A 48" is to wide to fit between the wheel wells. Most wheel wells are 49" between and the 48" deck has to be at least 50" wide.
  5. RMDoyon

    RMDoyon LawnSite Member
    Posts: 230

    My eXmark dealer claims 48" is the smallest common dimension in landscape designs, hence the need for and popularity of 48" mowers.
    I dunno, just what he said.
  6. JLC

    JLC LawnSite Senior Member
    from IA
    Posts: 467

    Maybe my question wasn't as stupid as I thought it was. This is just one of those things that baffles me. Kinda like if a tree falls in the woods, does it make a sound? Just kidding, maybe there is a good reason and right wb user just hasn't seen this post yet. I can see the loading in a truck thing though, hadn't thought of it because I don't do it.
  7. Quail Creek LC

    Quail Creek LC LawnSite Member
    from IOWA
    Posts: 155

    I've been running a 48 scag and thought it would be great to buy a 61 scag. Bad decession, the 61 scalped something terrible and weight a ton. Also the striping was terrible, and after a full day of mowing I was worn out. So I traded the deck in on a 52. I wish they made a 54 or a 56. Seems like it would have made more sense to have gone half way in between a 48 and a 61. I'm stumped on this one also. I'm sure there is a reason.
  8. tazz

    tazz LawnSite Member
    from georgia
    Posts: 38

  9. cutntrim

    cutntrim LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 474

    We have a couple 36"s, a 52" Z-master and a 54" WB. All the WB's are Ransomes. The 54" cuts the nicest of all three mower types. Added scalp rollers to the corners to help with the deck size. Run double blades on it, same size blades as the 36"s.
  10. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,033

    48 inch is usually the largest size mower that you see for sale in the classified adds real cheap, with the note - FELL OFF TRUCK!


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