what size ztr to buy?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by rb0407, May 12, 2008.

  1. rb0407

    rb0407 LawnSite Member
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    I have around 55 yards, Largest is around 2 acres, maybe 2-3 yards are around 1 acre and the rest are very small to 1/2 to 3/4 acre. I am using 3 21" commercial Snappers to mow everything but would like to upgrade to some type of ZTR to reduce some of the physical strain. Adding a few yards wouldn't be an unwelcome thing, though I am mostly concerned with an easier way to maintain what I've got as the temperature and humidity get higher. A competitor friend tells me that I ought to get a 48" ZTR, but I wonder if I ought to go with a smaller mower, say something like the Exmark Phazer, given the size of my yards. My customers really like the clean cuts the Snappers give and I would like something that gives a comparable cut. Any suggestions would be appreciated. --Ralph
     
  2. Raven386

    Raven386 LawnSite Silver Member
    from CT
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    I would not get a 48" Z... look at getting a 48" W/B. It will be a lot more versatile and maneuverable in tight areas. And if you really have to you can add a sulky so you dont have to walk behind it. I would not waste the money on such a small z... JMO...
     
  3. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    Yeah.. if you are cutting 1 & 2 acres with 21" anything larger would be nice. If I were cutting mostly 1/2 to 3/4 acre lots I would use a 52 - 60 inch walk behind. The cut will be nicer than a Z. Don't be a lazyass like most of us. :)
     
  4. Precision09

    Precision09 LawnSite Member
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    What are the size of your backyard gates? Do you want to buy a mower that is to big to fit? Then you will have to push mow--------I hate to push mow it is time consuming and time cost me money
     
  5. Lawnut101

    Lawnut101 LawnSite Silver Member
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    I won't help you decide what size mower you need (I'd have to see your yards) but I just wanted to say that anything Bobcat leaves a great cut. Good luck
     
  6. Raven386

    Raven386 LawnSite Silver Member
    from CT
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    He already push mows his 2 acre properties :hammerhead:
     
  7. rb0407

    rb0407 LawnSite Member
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    I just looked at my rotation and it appears that I have maybe a half-dozen yards where gates are a factor.
     
  8. Raven386

    Raven386 LawnSite Silver Member
    from CT
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    Some gates you can squeeze a 48" mower into. I would get a w/b before I got a Z. its a lot more versatile and leaves a better stripe than a Z too.
     
  9. Precision09

    Precision09 LawnSite Member
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    Gates are a factor and if I were push mowing 2 acres i would have been out of the industry a few years back
     
  10. rb0407

    rb0407 LawnSite Member
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    just trying to make a living
     

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