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Exmark Turf Tracer, 48 or 52 inch?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by green-pa, Jul 21, 2008.

  1. green-pa

    green-pa LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 733

    Wondering if I can get some feedback on the Exmark TurfTracer 48 or 52 inch mowers. I'm not sure which to get. The dealer said that 95% of guys that buy, go with a 48in. Most of my lawn are less than 15,000k so he said with that avg, I'd not even notice a diff. between a 48 and 52. I have a 36 in Scag now with pistol grip/belt drive so i am looking forward to the hydro power as well as easier on the hands in the case of this Exmark. But if I go with a 48 inch, should I go with the 17 hp or 19 hp? My Scag is 16 hp and it's o 36 so I'm thinking 19 would be best. I'm planning on using a velky too. Will this mower give me as good a cut as the scag? I know it costs like twice as much so it should, I just want to hear it from u guys. I'd go with Scag on this purchase if only they had the ECS ( i think it's called) that easier grip/controls. I'm considering this above all other mowers because I see more Exmarks with the big companies than any other mower so there must be something to that.
  2. CrimsonLawnCare

    CrimsonLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 95

    go with the bigger deck, my company runs with a 52 and 36 turf tracer

    SNAPPER MAN LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,443

    If he sells 95% of tthp's with the 48"deck then to me that says something. I would get the 48" because it seems to be the mower working best for everyone in your area.
  4. MileHigh

    MileHigh LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,466

    I've got a 48" TTHP with a kawi 17hp engine. The 19hp electric start option would be awsome but cost an extra $900 at my dealer. I use a sulky with it, it pulls just fine. It's a little light in the front with a sulky but some weights or just a little common sense will take care of that.

    48" or 52" I sometimes wish I went with the 52" so the next tthp I buy will be larger.

    It sometimes bogs down a tiny bit in thicker grass, but can hold it's own for sure. The 19hp would most likely take care of most of that.

    I also have a pistol grip gear drive eX...I hate using it, lets just say that I have gotten a little spoiled using the ecs and hydro pumps, I gotten so good with the controls, I could mow a lawn sitting on my sulky in reverse!

    Anyways...great choice in a WB
  5. 4curbappeal

    4curbappeal LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 761

    I would go with the 52" 19hp! Not too many 50" gates in our area, but i guess i do have one! trust me, you will notice the extra 4"! 52" & 36" is a great set up!Also, A little extra hp never hurt anyone!
  6. green-pa

    green-pa LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 733

    Most of my properties ( about 40) are under 15,000 sq foot. I only have 2-3 that are approaching an acre. THe dealer said I'd not be able to notice a difference in time with these size properties so to just go with the 48. I'm not sure.
  7. dura to the max

    dura to the max LawnSite Silver Member
    from georgia
    Posts: 2,246

    ive had 48" and 52" w/b and really didnt have much difference. for the $$$$ i would just get the 48". the 52" does have a little bit more of a trim edge, but the 48" can get as close as needed w/ practice.

    i would get a proslide on it though, it doesnt leave that nasty wheel mark in the middle of your stripes.

    my tthp is a 19hp 48" and i'm glad i have the 19, makes a big difference when mulching, but if you're going to be bagging or discharging the 16 hp is fine. ive had several 48" w/b gear and hydro drives w/ 15 and 14 hp motors and if i wasnt mulching i could go through ANYTHING and never bog. i think the 52" i had only had a 16 hp and it was plenty. imo the only reason to get the bigger motor is for mulching.
  8. Green Team Landscaping

    Green Team Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,089

    if you are mowing yards with gates go with the 48, otherwise et the 52 because thats less passes you have to make, and more gas saved
  9. dura to the max

    dura to the max LawnSite Silver Member
    from georgia
    Posts: 2,246

    on a 15,000 sq ft yard 4" isnt going to save too many passes, and w/ the added weight and hp it wont save gas.
  10. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,273

    True 4" isn't going to make a huge difference in 1 lawn but in the long run it could benefit you. If you can save 1 minute per lawn with the 52" thats 40 minutes per week (atleast one more lawn per week). If that extra lawn is a $40 lawn that would put an extra $1200 in your pocket each year (assuming you have a 30 week season). So that 52" could actually make you more money than the 48".

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