Hustler x one 54" overkill for 3 acres residential use?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by slb9981, May 23, 2013.

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What are your thoughts on hustler x one for mowing 3 acres of residential mowing?

  1. Yes, the x one is too much mower for 3 acres of residential use

    2 vote(s)
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  2. No, the x one would be a great mower for 3 acres of residential use

    23 vote(s)
    92.0%
  1. puppypaws

    puppypaws LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have measured the area I spoke about, I at one time surveyed for a living, so measuring and calculating was something I was forced to be very accurate with in my job.

    I measured every distance with a electronic distance meter (which had the accuracy of + or - .02 of one foot) when laying out my pads and buildings to grow chickens.

    I have one area that is 50' wide and 500' long, another area 100' x 500', another 75' x 500', and another 35' x 500'. This equates to .57 ac + 1.15 ac + .86 ac + .40 ac, which comes up to a total mowed area of 2.98 ac in between and around my chicken houses.

    I mowed this area while trimming around 3-1000 gallon propane tanks...3-10' x 25' concrete feed bin pads...1-10' x 12' generator building...1-10' x 20' concrete incinerator pad...2-power poles...and 2-guy wires. I basically mow a straight line distance for 500', turn around and mow the same distance back. This is about as easy as it gets, and I mowed the entire area plus trimming in a timed 43 mins.

    I mow grass at full speed with a Hustler Super Z for probably 50% of the time I'm on the mower, don't believe you can't mow grass at 13 mph, I do it all the time, and have actually had people such as yourself come and run my mowers because they did not believe it either, but when they finished, they had become a believer. I hardly ever slow down into the 8 to 10 mph range, unless it is extremely rough, of which I have very little that is really that rough, but some yes.
     
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  2. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Puppy, sorry didnt mean to include you with my statement. I have no doubt you can mow 3 acres with 500' straights with your 72" in 43 min. That makes total sense. The other claims are exaggerated IMO.
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  3. puppypaws

    puppypaws LawnSite Fanatic
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    I try to never exaggerate anything, and if I'm not sure, I always use the word approximate.

    I will say you are right on your statement of most people not having a true idea of the actual sq footage in areas they are mowing.

    I can provide a very simple free program that will let anyone physically maneuver their mouse around areas on an aerial photograph that in return calculates the area amount. This program, if you know what you are doing is very accurate, I've checked it against known surveyed acreage and it is amazingly close.
     
  4. greenology

    greenology LawnSite Senior Member
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    Im using a 60" X1 & can mow 3 acres of grass from 1hr 10min up to 1hr 30min, depending on how rough and how many trees to go around etc.
     
  5. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    These numbers make sense to me.
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  6. slb9981

    slb9981 LawnSite Member
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    I'm a registered professional civil engineer. As soon as i get back to work tomorrow i plan to determine my acreage exactly.

    Sorry for the trouble. I never attended for this to turn into a debate like this.

    I do love this new mower though. Cut is incredible and so much smoother than the old craftsman riding mower.
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  7. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Post some pics please!!! I would love to see the new machine as well as the cut.
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  8. puppypaws

    puppypaws LawnSite Fanatic
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    Civil engineer, that is great to know, you can determine the sq footage without any problem, and honestly anyone can do it with a good aerial photograph and program that can be used as a planimeter.

    I will be interested in knowing the exact size of the area in question once you get it figured out.

    This is one that is very simple to use, and actually the one I use to measure the acreage in my farm fields.

    Click on hybrid, put your mouse on the map and keep enlarging until you locate your area, then run around it in sections if needed.

    I also use my counties GIS maps and locate property by owner name, then take their measuring tool and calculate the acreage.

    http://acme.com/planimeter/
     
  9. slb9981

    slb9981 LawnSite Member
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    I measured my acreage and its actually 2.1 acres. Sorry for the confusion.
     
  10. puppypaws

    puppypaws LawnSite Fanatic
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    That is absolutely no problem, you being a civil engineer, I knew you could figure the acreage. Taking 50 minutes tells me you are slowing down for trimming and possibly other reasons more than you realize. In an open area with long runs and no trimming 3 ac is doable in 1 hr, but this is in a perfect cutting world, of which there are not very many.

    You will enjoy operating the mower so much, you'll find yourself wanting to stay on the machine longer anyway.
     

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