Need personal opinions on use of wide area mowers.

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by RECESSION PROOF MOWING, Jan 2, 2009.

  1. RECESSION PROOF MOWING

    RECESSION PROOF MOWING LawnSite Senior Member
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    Anybody out there run wide area mowers? Pros and cons, manufacturers that are sound, those that are unreliable. I run a fleet of 72" zero turns over my park acres and won some contracts this year with huge swaths of land. Any and all opinions and personal experiences is gratefully appreciated.
     
  2. nlminc

    nlminc LawnSite Bronze Member
    from GA
    Posts: 1,671

    I used to have a large contract with a school system. 38 acres...the company before me used a batwing with a 12' cut. We used 2 Dixie Choppers 72" decks and beat his time by half...also only paid 20k for the choppers as opposed to 42k for one batwing.Plus the choppers were easier to sell at the end of the contract.
    My 2 cents...

    Congrats on the contracts! I would love to have one or two of that size right now!!
     
  3. packey

    packey LawnSite Senior Member
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    get a good tractor and a 15 foot land pride finish mower
     
  4. RonAyersMotorsports

    RonAyersMotorsports LawnSite Senior Member
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    The bigger mowers are great, however I've gotten alot of really good reviews on our 66" Hustler Super Z. Less scalping and better quality cut than 72", and at 15 mph it'll make up for the lost time of a slower 72.
     
  5. RECESSION PROOF MOWING

    RECESSION PROOF MOWING LawnSite Senior Member
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    The thing I love about 72" zero turns over batwing wide cut mowers is that I can get them on a regular trailer, on and off quick, and bada bing on to the next park.
     
  6. RonAyersMotorsports

    RonAyersMotorsports LawnSite Senior Member
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    Not to mention the faster cutting speeds. And the cheaper price!
     
  7. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,776

    Good call on the chopper for wider areas.

    A Dixie can cut a well-groomed football field in 15 min.
     

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