Walkbehind or ZTR

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by DB Lawns, Mar 21, 2005.

  1. DB Lawns

    DB Lawns LawnSite Member
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    I have a 60 inch hydro walk-behind with sulky and would like to buy a ZTR. I do this work part time cutting yards from approximately 10,000sq ft to about 2 acres. I would like to know if a 48" ZTR would cut as much grass as the 60" walk-behind in the same amount of time?

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  2. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    me personally, I would just stick with the 60"
     
  3. accuratelawn

    accuratelawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    Exmark has a productivity chart on their site... check it out.
     
  4. DB Lawns

    DB Lawns LawnSite Member
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    Hey tiedeman,

    The standing and aching hands are the main reason for looking for a different way but I do not want to loose production.
     
  5. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    how many hours a week do you mow since you said you do this part time?

    With the aching hands I would suggest a couple of things; gloves, and adjust the tension on the grips
     
  6. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
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    No way. Period
     
  7. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    I've never compared the two, but I would say you'd loose time with the ZTR. I mow lawns in the same size range and I have a 48 hydro WB with a sulky and a 52 inch Lazer.

    For the smaller or heavily landscaped yards, I can actually make better time with the WB unless I'm double cutting, in which case the ZTR wins, since I can do the 2nd cut faster.

    You've got to be more careful (slower) with turning a ZTR because they rip turf more easily. They also don't trim as well with the mid deck. Add in a significantly smaller deck and I think you'd regret it. Now if you're bagging and have to run back to the truck a lot to dump, you might make up the time with quicker transport and larger bagging capacity.
     
  8. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    have to agree that in smaller lawns I make better time with w/ a WB too
     
  9. DB Lawns

    DB Lawns LawnSite Member
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    tiedeman, somewhere around 12 to 20 hours a week mowing. The only reason that I have the 60" wb is because of the good deal I got on it. As I said earlier the standing and the pistol grips are wearing me down.
     

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