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top speed

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by newblade, Jul 25, 2004.

  1. newblade

    newblade LawnSite Member
    Posts: 162

    Does anyone have a mower that can mow 15 mph? I would like to know the quality of cut at that rate of speed?

  2. Shady Brook

    Shady Brook LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 1,517

    I have a Super Z that goes 15, and on flat ground with slow to moderate growth it will cut pretty near to 15 and leave a nice cut. I have not tried it in spring growth, but it has impressed me so far.

  3. Likestomow

    Likestomow LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 997

    In this speed range there are two choices: a mower with low profile tires and one with ATV tires. Uneven and rough ground are a problem, but the ATV tires help smooth out the bumps. And the more the machine jumps from hitting bumps at 15 MPH, the worse the cut.

    I like 9-10 MPH as an overall top speed but the faster speed is good for transportation. I have an XT-2800 Dixie Chopper, but I wish I had bought and XF-2800 to be able to climb hills.
  4. 2manymowers

    2manymowers LawnSite Member
    Posts: 116

  5. burnandreturn

    burnandreturn LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Germany
    Posts: 303

    I have a Dixie Chopper that I got pulled over for speeding and passing in a no passing zone! True. Was in our gated community and the security guard wanted to know what kind of mower that was that would go 18 mph. Got me on radar. No ticket unfortunately, would have liked to put it on the wall or send it to DC. It's a suped up DC. I don't cut that fast.
  6. newblade

    newblade LawnSite Member
    Posts: 162

    How well do the choppers cut at 15 mph and how many horses?
  7. CamLand

    CamLand LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,300

    burnandreturn,what is suped up about it??
  8. burnandreturn

    burnandreturn LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Germany
    Posts: 303

    Engine, hydraulic's and the cheapest was bigger pulley's on the motor to turn the pumps faster and higher bts.
  9. CamLand

    CamLand LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,300

    what engine and hydros??
  10. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,995

    my Gravely pm 260 2004 runs at 13MPH. Can I cut at that speed, sure if I am double cutting to get the stragglers or dispersing clippings.

    realistic cutting speed is somewhere between 6-8MPH with any real growth. But as someone else said it sure is nice for getting back to the truck or blowing off a long stretch of road.

    the other real problem with that kind of speed is deceleration marks on the turf if you really try to run wide open. And heaven help you if you try to 180 at that speed.

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