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mower types and sizes

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by skurkp, Jan 11, 2006.

  1. skurkp

    skurkp LawnSite Member
    Posts: 248

    I normally don't do residential, but because I have a few commercial owners that don't want two service providers I do service their homes. I get asked to take on more residential business so I think this year I will. I don't use a larger walk behind on residential jobs because of rutting, I use 21" Ariens and they work great. Mow different direction every mow. I was just wondering what type of mowers everyone is using on residential jobs and if they. I see posts on here about some companies using ztr's on residential jobs, ( not my choice) but would like to hear some views on efficiency and how you keep from rutting the yards.
  2. skurkp

    skurkp LawnSite Member
    Posts: 248

    come on guys, no one wants to help? Or is no-one doing residential work?
  3. Blade-o-grass

    Blade-o-grass LawnSite Member
    Posts: 47

    I mow with a 21" snapper....Works great for me.
  4. Jpocket

    Jpocket LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,278

    I run two 60" Lazers and a 32" walkbehind. Obviously the residentials you are doing are quite different that mine.

    It's just the norm around here, you wouldn't be able to make any money. A $30 lawn would take you over an hour with a 21". with a Z it's 20mins.
  5. jpp

    jpp LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,128

    We use the lazer hp 48 inch, 52 inch walkbehinds and 36 inch mowers on residentials. We don't leave ruts unless we have a spell of a long wet period and that is when the ruts begin. If you are using the 21 you are just losing time by not using your bigger equipment. I am looking into going with the 52 ztr's this year. What size mowers are your other mowers?
  6. skurkp

    skurkp LawnSite Member
    Posts: 248

    36" GreatDane which I absolutely hate. 2 60" Hustler ztr's. 2 21" Ariens.
    I hear people complain about ruts all of he time and I get asked if I want the work. Well maybe but I thought that the smaller residential lawns don't offer a lot of mowing directions so there for ruts. Trying to decide if I want to do residential.
  7. jpp

    jpp LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,128

    Like I said the only time I have an issue with ruts is after a period of rain. On my residential I can go north south, east west and diagonal with no problems. Some of these I consider a postage stamp size. I just make sure each lawn gets cut a different way each time we are there. Unfortunately ruts do happen sometimes, I try to explain to the customers that when they signed up they were told of the equipment that we use. I try to stay away from using the 21 because of the amount of time it uses up. Time is money for us.
  8. skurkp

    skurkp LawnSite Member
    Posts: 248

  9. Tim Wright

    Tim Wright LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,034

    Ferris 52" Kaw25HP, 1500 something er other, love it.
    Stihl trimmer
    22" push mower from wal-mart

  10. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Posts: 8,745

    48" WB seems the best to me. I have used 32, up to 52", and 48" seem the best

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