Cemetery work, What do you guys usually use

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by blair smock, Jul 12, 2004.

  1. blair smock

    blair smock LawnSite Member
    from OHIO
    Posts: 108

    Hi guys, Well I got a bid for a local Cemetery yesterday and it will allow me to be able to add another Zero to my arsenal. I am currently using an Exmark 52” for my other accounts. What do you guys usually use? This makes 3 Cemeterys so far, 2 are really dated with the stones sort of close together. I was actually considering a Walker 34z for weaving in and out between the stones. Any comments or thoughts appreciated. Thanks! Blair
     
  2. Luscious Lawns

    Luscious Lawns LawnSite Member
    Posts: 133

    We use Lazer Z 52" and 60" on the cemitary we service. This leaves a bit of weedeating but I feel it's more time eficient than weaving in and out with a smaller WB. We also us quite a bit of Round Up at the edges of the stones. I'm not sure what a Walker 34z is but if it is a rider version, I'd be weary of the front mount in confined places, as you are weaving the frount deck around, the rear is also weaving around, possibly contacting stonework. I prefer the mid-mount for very tight places.

    Allen
     
  3. economiclawncare

    economiclawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 143

    yeah those rear wheels will get in your way if they are the ones that are turning. I have one and messed up some stuff b.c you will forget about the back wheels.
     
  4. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,205

    we used 3 turf tigers and two 52 inch walkbehinds at the one we service. they recently had a local church member volunteer to do it, so we no longer serivice it thank god. cemetaries are a royal pain in the A**. i do agree the riders will leave more to trim, but its more productive.
     
  5. aklandscape

    aklandscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 40

    I mow 4 cemetaries and I've used a Ferris "48" walkbehind and I currently use a z500 toro "60" ztr. Mine are all in rows and not scattered too much, so I just run up and down the rows and weed wack the rest.
     
  6. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,910

    We just gave up our only one. We used our 48" Walker GHS and our MTD Pro Z midmount. Between them it left little trimming but still not worth the hassle.
     
  7. DanG

    DanG LawnSite Member
    Posts: 234

    I use Toro Z- masters for the 2 i still do.
    But when i first started doing them I used hustlers 251k's because they were rear discharge and didn't throw grass clippings on the headstones.
    As i got older i upgraded to the newer style mowers that work better for the bulk of the work that i do.

    Dan
     
  8. TLC Darrin

    TLC Darrin LawnSite Member
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    We do one about 1 mile from the house.. takes 2 hrs..(2 of us)...best part is u can start at 6am and won't wake anyone up!
     
  9. Erickson Lawn Mowing

    Erickson Lawn Mowing LawnSite Member
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    i use a 717 jd with 48 inch to mow around stones and then a 455 with 60" to take out the centers
     
  10. r.eckley

    r.eckley LawnSite Member
    Posts: 200

    I do a fairly large cemetary & i mow around the stones with a 42" DIXON . Then mow centers with 60" lazer. Only have to trim
    about third or forth week . I dont use much roundup I think it looks better trimed. I will prob. try a GRAVELY 34z it will go between more stones than 42' Dixon. Any way you do it is a lot of work.
     

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