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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by flatlander42, May 29, 2010.

  1. flatlander42

    flatlander42 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Do you guys think that the 52" or 56" deck would handle this type of grass better than my 48" deck? I had to cut it twice to avoid stragglers. I don't want to go sooooo slow, so I just hit it twice fast.

    And yeah, I know I only have 18hp.:weightlifter:


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  2. flatlander42

    flatlander42 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Does the evening crowd have anything to add?
     
  3. Hometown

    Hometown LawnSite Member
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    Will the grass always be that long every mow. or does it just have to be knocked down now to get under controll?
     
  4. B Gillespie

    B Gillespie LawnSite Member
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    Bigger deck takes more power. Are you maxed out with the 48?
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  5. flatlander42

    flatlander42 LawnSite Silver Member
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    That is a Cemetary that I mow. I hope it is not that tall every time, but this spring it has gotten a fair amount of rain.

    I know that the bigger decks will take more power. I don't really want a bigger deck......I want that third blade and have to go bigger to get it. I have a few places with dense, thick grass that I am not happy with the performance either. Not so much the power, but how it clears the grass out of the deck.
     
  6. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have the 52" belt drive discharge/mulch deck, and it does a poor job in straggly tall stuff like that. I've tried different blades and combinations without much improvement. On a manicured lawn it works great though.

    It's a heavy deck and does take a suprising amount of power just to run, especially running the double stacked mulching blade setup. My 23hp MT has no troubles with it. I bought it used a couple years ago, fixed it and shined it up, and have hardly used it. I'd rather have a 48" discharge deck, assuming it would go through the same gates the 48" GHS deck will.
     
  7. flatlander42

    flatlander42 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Thanks for the good info.

    But as for the 48" discharge deck fitting where the 48" GHS deck goes.....not so much. My 48" navigator will go through my back yard's gate, but my discharge walker will not.
     
  8. MadeintheShadeGardening

    MadeintheShadeGardening LawnSite Member
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    I have a 54" sd deck that came on my 16hp walker. it ran ok and bogged down in tall stuff. I also had a 48 ghs on my 20hp mower, anyway I put the 54 on the 20 hp and it was like a whole nother mower. cut anything and quick... well everything except the water meter cover my guy hit and sploded the gearbox. anyway. i dunno, get a bigger mower and I'd go with a deck with a belt and not shaft drive after my last experience. sorry about rambling its late
     
  9. 7.3pstroke

    7.3pstroke LawnSite Member
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    The 52" deck is belt driven and the 56" has synchronized gear boxes. I don't have the 56" I have the old 54" and the 52" belt drive. I would say the 56" deck will take a little less power to run as the gearboxes take less power to rotate. I like both but the 52" you can either mulch or side discharge. The 56" will be side discharge only. You can get away with 16hp for the 56" but not in that tall of grass. Either deck will work with 20hp or better.
     
  10. flatlander42

    flatlander42 LawnSite Silver Member
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    sooooo, I just mowed that cemetary again yesterday. Still growing like crazy. I am gonna talk them into letting me come back the week after next, until this rain stops/slows down.

    Thanks for the input 7.3, but I have the B pictured with 18hp. And I never thought about the belt driven taking less power. It does make sense.
     

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