How Fast Do You Mow?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Rook00, Mar 11, 2004.

  1. Rook00

    Rook00 LawnSite Member
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    What acre/hr or MPH do you guys mow at on average. I'm thinking I can get 4 acre/hr on a 61" deck, 27hp Kaw LC, 10mph max mower.

    What can you do?
     
  2. LawnMower

    LawnMower LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'm not sure how fast I mow. I know what my mower is supposed to mow a acre at in perfect conditions.

    I average about 45 minutes to an hour mowing a half acre. That includes trim, and blowing off. If I pick the grass up on certain yards it takes a lot lot lot longer. If I double cut it to spread out the clumps it takes a lot longer.
     
  3. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    Since I have never actually encountered perfect enough conditions which would allow me to cut and leave a quality cut behind the fastest I have ever cut was about 3 acres an hour with a 60" DC.

    At the height of last season when it was raining every day, the crabgrass was kicking and I had Meg-Mos on the mower I was down to about 3/4 acre an hour.
     
  4. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,380

    Damn, you must have all crappy lawns for the crab grass to slow you down.:cry: Sounds like you need some weed control. :p


    Rook00,

    Most lawns aren't smooth enough to go wide open or 10mph. I have a few that I can mow at 10 mph but most are too bumpy.
     
  5. proenterprises

    proenterprises LawnSite Silver Member
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    when hauling azz, about 1 acre an hour.
     
  6. gator-town

    gator-town LawnSite Member
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    48/19 Tiger Cub ... at standard temp and pressure (STP) ... 40 minutes per acre ... not quite hauling arse .
     
  7. KathysLGC

    KathysLGC LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I mow at about 4.5mph. I notice slower gives me a slightly better cut then 6mph. The clipping spread nicer and the stripes look better.
     
  8. robin 2

    robin 2 LawnSite Member
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    I mow as fast as they will go without plugging up the mower. Two 52" snapper Z's at 7.6 mph = two acres per hour per mower. One 61" snapper Z at 8.2 mph = 2.5 acres per hour. The 61" has a 25hp Kohler on it and will sometimes bog down but it is the only one that will slow down. I measured the speeds with a GPS. I mow big open areas around businesses, ballfields, cemetaries, churches, etc. and always go as fast as I can without tearing up the turf. remember time is money!
     
  9. timinkc

    timinkc LawnSite Member
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    robin 2 is right time is money...

    i mow very hiily areas, so i average about 1.5 acres/hr
     
  10. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    Well, I have tried to explain that at various different times over the years. We don't have the pristine lawns here that they have in the north and mid-west. We're in the worst part of the transition zone and we pay for it.
     

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