production w/ 72" exmark, 35 hrse

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mlbock, Nov 16, 2007.

  1. mlbock

    mlbock LawnSite Member
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    Hey,
    Does anyone have any production rates with this size mower? I'm bidding
    on 65 acres of finish cutting. I have production rates on 72 w/28 hrse but
    I hear there is no comparison to the newer model.
    Thanks
     
  2. packey

    packey LawnSite Senior Member
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    35 hp? I did not realize they offered a 35hp model. The majority of my seat time is on a 27 hp diesel with 72 inch deck. I would say real time per hour would be about 4-5 acres an hour on the 27 hp diesel. I know they claim more but this is wide open mowing with no obsticles. I am talking about large school type properties.
     
  3. mlbock

    mlbock LawnSite Member
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    yes. they just came out with a briggs engine, i believe. i've seen a couple and the
    people that have them say they're the cats meow!!!
     
  4. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have a big Briggs but I doubt your production will go up much unless you are cutting thick grass. I am much more productive on some of my property's because they are bi-weekly and you never have to slow like I did with a 27 hp. I would still highly recommend the large engine (Briggs). It has a good track record and once you get used to all that power it's hard to go back. No doubt you will be somewhat more productive. A 28 gas powered ZTR with a 72" deck is a little low for my taste. Here is a link to Exmark's productivity chart. I'm not sure it's accurate due to so many variables. I agree with Packy, 4-5 acres per hr would be what I woud expect in good conditions.

    http://www.exmark.com/productivity.htm
     
  5. packey

    packey LawnSite Senior Member
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    What iis the price difference between the big briggs and the diesel? I loved the diesel I used and wish I still had it. It would cut thick thick turf with out even breaking a sweat. will the big briggs do the same. I am looking to steop back up to a much larger Z and I loved the exmark. so that is where i think I am going back to.
     
  6. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
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    The big Briggs will keep up with the diesel in my opinion and then some with a much simpler set up and lighter weight.

    Of course the advantages of the Diesel are longevity and better fuel economy. My big Briggs has been using between 1.3-1.4 gallons per hr while a diesel should use less than 1 gph. There are advantages to each set up. But I am guessing a diesel will cost a couple of grand more but that's just a guess.
     
  7. jtkplc

    jtkplc LawnSite Silver Member
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    If we're talking about 2007 models, there is the productivity factor of 15mph from the Exmark XS models.
     

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