52-61" Mower productivity

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by LawnsRUsInc., Mar 9, 2005.

  1. LawnsRUsInc.

    LawnsRUsInc. LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Posts: 916

    Is a 61" Z much more productive than a 52" Z to justify the extra $2K for the machine purchase? I own 52"Z but iam in the market to buy more mowers and maybe bigger. What are your findings on this topic.

    Jason
     
  2. Texas Mowem

    Texas Mowem LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 59

    Wide open lawns it is about 20% more effecient

    Heavy obstacles it is probably a wash
     
  3. apluslawn

    apluslawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 78

    I have a 52 and got it because thats all i could afford at the time im thinking i will run it for another season then upgrade because of my workload expanding but if you want to think of saving money in the long run i would get a 60 initally so you can take on bigger jobs with ease and not having to worry about upgrading cause your machine is too small. but the 52 will do the job but in bigger areas the 60 makes all the difference hope this helps
     
  4. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    Another thing to consider is how much more per hour it will cost you over the life of the machine...2 grand more for a mower that might go for you 3000 hours only comes to 66 additional cents per hour. 20% greater productivity at 66 cents an hour is peanuts IMO...
     
  5. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Posts: 4,205

    52" is 2.94 acres per hour versus 3.4 acres per hour for the 60" at 7mph. This is at 80% efficiency.

    Almost 1/2 acre per hour more productive.

    The Exmark website has productivity info..............
     

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