Need Mower for 5 to 6 acres....prices arae scary!

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by Sonnie Parker, Jun 13, 2002.

  1. Sonnie Parker

    Sonnie Parker LawnSite Member
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    Okay, this is my first post, as you can see. I scrolled through several pages to see if I could find my answer but struck out.

    I did learn one thing though, good riding mowers are expensive.

    I believe I have about 5-6 acres to cut (guessing). About 2/3 flat and the other 1/3 hilly, but not bad hilly. There's a little carpet bermuda in the front and back from sod. The bermuda in the back is fenced in and cut with a walk behind mower. The rest is bahia, coastal bermuda, centipede, and weeds, all mixed. This was cow pasture at one time.

    For everything except the fenced in area I use a Craftsmen 42" with a Kohler 19hp twin. It takes me forever to cut it...maybe 6 hours (maybe I have more than 5-6 acres cause sometimes it seems like it's all day - then again, sometimes I cut a tad more than others). It's weird shaped as well. I cut it weekly for about 9 months out of the year.

    I want to speed this up, so I visit Sears again. They have the Craftsman 25hp B&S 48" cut for $2199 after a mail in rebate. I was thinking this would allow me to go faster and cut a little more each round I made. Then again, it doesn't seem like it could speed it up that much. 6 more hp and 6 more inches???

    I'm thinking I need 60" to get the job done. But I can't see spending $5000 or more. I can't hardly see spending $3000.

    So, I thought about a pull behind mower. We have a Kawasaki Mule that could pull a mower. Or for that matter I could pull it with the Craftsman I have now. (I'd probably sell it though.)

    Can I get some tips on what to do and possibly where to look for a pull behind???

    Thanks!
     
  2. kris

    kris LawnSite Bronze Member
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    How about this...

    Buy either a used commercial mower or buy new ... you will have no problem re selling it. If you can't get a "Z" get a 52" with velke.
     
  3. Brickman

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  4. Sonnie Parker

    Sonnie Parker LawnSite Member
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  5. kris

    kris LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Glad you like it... only suggestion now would be to get a mulch kit for it(if available)... once you see the results you will never look back.
     
  6. Sonnie Parker

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    I wonder if the mulch kit would allow me to take off the shoot cover (or whatever that thing is called where the grass comes out)???

    Or would I rather it throw the grass after it mulches it?
     
  7. kris

    kris LawnSite Bronze Member
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    No ...in order for the mulch kit to work the discharge "shoot" is covered with a plate. You won't be able to tell the differance with a mulch kit vrs bagging, unless you are mowing in wet conditions.
    The benifits of mulching are enormous.
     
  8. Sonnie Parker

    Sonnie Parker LawnSite Member
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    Yeah, that's what I need. Now the shoot has a cover but it not the sealed one, it just sticks out as normal. If I covered it up then maybe the dust wouldn't be quite so bad.


    I didn't notice on Husqvarna site that they had a mulching kit. I'll check with my dealer tomorrow and see if they have one.

    Is there a particular kit available that's better than another? I'm thinkin' it would just be blades and the shoot cover, right?

    Thanks!
     
  9. kris

    kris LawnSite Bronze Member
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    On exmarks it is much more than blades and the discharge cover..check out their website for a better explanation.
    Good luck
     
  10. Sonnie Parker

    Sonnie Parker LawnSite Member
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    Actually I spoke with the dealer today and you are right, there's more to it than just the cover and blades. I plan on getting the kit, I believe it will be a good idea.

    Thanks!
     

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