What do you'll think about this lawn tractor?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by scag2015, Mar 28, 2014.

  1. scag2015

    scag2015 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thank you'll keep em coming, (I'm defiantly leaning towards the bob cat now )
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  2. mwalz

    mwalz LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I don't think a 36" would be very affective on properties larger than 1.5 acres, and as long as he isn't worried about stripes, a tractor will do fine. Now if you want stripes, then a walk behind or ZRT is more in order.

    I would get that 48" if you are looking for a mower for bigger properties. Not that the 36" won't but you can only cut probably an acre an hour with a 36".
     
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  3. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    Reason being is a 36 can do things a 48 can't. Gates is the big one. It'll be faster than a 21 inch but not quite as fast as a 48 in open areas. But it's only an extra stripe or two with a 36
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  4. PenningsLandscaping

    PenningsLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    It's a Kohler, great engine.

    I think maybe the bobcat, it has a sulky on it already. Take it off though when you're still learning to use it. Once you get the hang of it walking, throw the sulky back on.
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  5. scag2015

    scag2015 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Ok good advice thank you!
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  6. scag2015

    scag2015 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Oh and yes I agree that a 48 is more efficient in open areas, but I hope this will last a long time and I have yards that have gates/ 48is quite to big:)
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  7. scag2015

    scag2015 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Oh and:), do you'll think that a 36in with a ramp (tri fold ramp from harbor freight:) would go into a truck/ a van with all seats taken out?
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  8. PenningsLandscaping

    PenningsLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Just buy a small harbor freight trailer instead of the tri fold ramp. You shouldn't put it in a van, truck is fine. Even a small bed will easily hold that bobcat

    Yeah the 48 is better in open areas. For sure. But compared to that 46 tractor you're on a whole new playing field in terms of efficiency with the 36. But the 36 will cut almost everything, you'll rarely need the push mower.

    I think it's a better buy for you since you also do small lawns. But your efficiency will absolutely drop on large properties. I don't take lawns that big because I run a 48" bobcat right now, (looking into a 60" turf tracer to add to the fleet this year). Anything less than a 60" mower on multiple acres is going to suck. But for where you're at, you need something that meets all your requirements in one package.

    Essentially break it down like this. A 48" can cover the same amount of area in 3 passes that a 36" does in 4.

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  9. scag2015

    scag2015 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Ok, could you maybe post a link to what trailer your talking about? I'm definatly on a small tight budget so nothing expensive:)
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  10. Uturf

    Uturf LawnSite Member
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    Looks a lot better then my first rider back in the day. I wouldn't expect it to last more then one season however. Not designed for the weekly two acres you will be doing. Maybe add 20% Lucas Oil when you change the oil would help. I would choose the bobcat over the snapper. You will regret buying a 48 over the 36 if your doing standard residential gated lawns. You will still be push mowing backyards...
     
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