Feel like a Jerk because my mower is too big!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by 4 seasons lawn&land, May 4, 2011.

  1. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
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    I mainly do the 1 acre plus lawns but this year Ive expanded into a couple of the little villages with 2 little 10-15000 sq ft lawns and I have a large frame 60" Toro 29hp ZTR. I did the larger of the 2 new small lawns, went pretty slow, trimmed pretty slow & blew off the walk when I was done and it took me 15 minutes. Thats with the blower taking me a few minutes to get running. It was pretty awkward using the big Z on that lawn. Kind of thinking that the customers could frown upon the whole giant mower 15 minute 40 dollar mow. I would like a 48ish stander but like I said, only have the 2 small lawns and a pool area and 2 hills I would otherwise use a stander. Even used is kind of tough, especially when you need a dump truck, excavator, skid steer also lol. What does everyone think? Anyone mow tiny lawns with big mowers?
     
  2. Oakleaf landscape

    Oakleaf landscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    I do it all the time. Just don't tear up the turf!!!
     
  3. j-ville native

    j-ville native LawnSite Senior Member
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    a 42" would be good because it can fit through most back gates
     
  4. TNGrassCutter

    TNGrassCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have a 54 z and 36 WB. If the z fits I use it as long as it won't tear. Only use 36 for hills and gates. And 40 is lowest I go even if it takes 15 mins. It has to be worth driving and unloading.
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  5. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
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    neither have gates or any issues fitting anywhere its just that the lawns are so tiny. 40 is the lowest i go too, with gas over 4 it has to be that way.
     
    Last edited: May 4, 2011
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    This is the reason why you are better off using a 4 thousand dollar Wb for 20 minutes than a 10 thousand dollar Ztr for 15, because it is not cost effective to
    run a 10,000 dollar machine for 15 minutes.
     
  7. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I use my 60" Z on small 8K properties and have a smaller WB on the trailer. The customer shouldn't be concered about how long it takes, but the quality of the job when finished.
     
  8. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
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    No one uses small mowers here (except home owners). Never see a WB but most lots are at least 20,000 sq ft up to several acres.
     
  9. Hawkshot99

    Hawkshot99 LawnSite Senior Member
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    $4k for a mower he would use 30 mins a week, when he can get it done with his bigger mower he already has is not cost effective to me.

    At $40 a mow, buying that $4k walkbehind would mean he would be loosing money on the lawns for over 3 years.
     
  10. VanAllen's Lawn Service

    VanAllen's Lawn Service LawnSite Member
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    I use a 36 inch wb......
     

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