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61" or 52" stander?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by scott's turf, Jun 24, 2002.

  1. scott's turf

    scott's turf LawnSite Senior Member
    from NH
    Posts: 949

    I am demoing a 52" stander this friday and plan to buy one if all goes expected. My question to you guys is there much difference between the 52" and 61"? I currently have 2 54 wb that I use on all my properties. I will keep one on the trailer and plane on using the 61" stander as the primary mower. The difference in cost is around $100 so I want to get the most machine I can for the price. If it is a little too big I can still use the 54" wb's I have. The 54" wb I have now are fixed decks and do fine for me. Will a 61" fix deck cause me many more problems. Opinions please. Is anyone running the 61" stander? Thanks.
  2. scott's turf

    scott's turf LawnSite Senior Member
    from NH
    Posts: 949

    Anyone have any thoughts on this?
  3. luv of green

    luv of green LawnSite Member
    Posts: 51

    i just purchased a 52 ich stander with a 23 kaw , i have demoed the surfer 61 & 52 and the 61 stander the most efficient machine for me is the 52 i mow mostly residentials of all shapes and sizes these machines are really stable on hills as well the dealer had all 19hp machines but i researched the stander sight and they offer the 23 hp in the 52 also it was only like 150 dollars more for four more hp i am very pleased with my machine i have never striped this awesome , i will admit if u r worried about transport speed this is prolly ot the best machine but as for me i am on and off the trailer really close to start mowing mine runs 8 mph from factory and cuts awesome around 6 or 7 mph thatb is plenty fast for me there is a speed up kit available but the mower cuts well and plenty fast now hate to mess with a good thing my mower just turned 31 hrs good luck josh
  4. What are you concerned about? buy the 61" you have the smaller mower already.

    Only major problem I can see is discharging Springs excess growth.

    But we run may 60" ZTR's and can double cut quickly if needed.
  5. dmk395

    dmk395 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ma
    Posts: 992

    I just bought the 52, with 23hp kawi,and am very happy so far.
  6. scott's turf

    scott's turf LawnSite Senior Member
    from NH
    Posts: 949

    Thanks for your help. I am still demoing the 52" on friday. I am not expecting the 61" to be all that much different of a cut but I did not know for sure. Does anyone run the 61" now? It doesn't seem all that popular.
  7. MacLawnCo

    MacLawnCo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,847

    dont forget that the 60" has blades that turn at 19000 fpm, while the 52" is somewhat lower, i think arround 17000.

  8. sheppard

    sheppard LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 542

    I'm very happy with my 52" Stander. Some of the reasons why I purchased it were: same blade size as my 36" Snapper ( no confusion when changing blades); had my dealer tell me that 52" cuts better than larger deck, especially on manicured lawns. On some lawns, according to him, 60+" show a dip in the grass on turns with the deck. Not willing to debate this with any body- just what I repeatedly heard.

    I'll think of other points as soon a s I finish this and send it into cyber-space.


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