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Which one to purchase??

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Dave in Buffalo, Apr 21, 2011.

  1. Dave in Buffalo

    Dave in Buffalo LawnSite Member
    Posts: 9

    Hello everyone,
    I am a frequent visitor to the sister site for snow removal etc... I am now taking on one (1) lawn maintenance job, and I need some help. I will be cutting approxamately 2.5 acres of lawn. Since this is my only lawn job, I do not have to rush and get it done and get on to the next one and the next one and so on...I approached my employer and asked if i could cut the lawn for them. They loved the ambition. My question to all of you is..I am looking for a zero turn mower. There are many makes and models out there. I will be looking for a 50-60 inch deck. One capable of bagging a couple select areas. It doesnt have to be a speed demon either since I have a lot of time to cut. I dont want to spend a fortune either. My research has shown me 5k machines all the way up to 15k machines. The mower will be working at the max 20 hours a week.(spring ..when i will cut 2x per week). Please provide me with your suggestions. Thank you in advance
  2. ashgrove landscaping

    ashgrove landscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,460

    Well if you are bagging for 20 hours a week, that's quite a bit. You are asking for a full time job basically. 2.5 acres does not equal 20 hrs. a week. More accurate info. I guess.
  3. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,050

    I would look for a entry level commercial machine with an accelerator grass catcher or look for a used commercial machine with a bagger. Whatever you do don't go to HomeCrapo or Lowes, they sell overpriced sheetmetal.
  4. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    I am sorry but 2.5 acres of lawn won't take you no 10 hours on a Ztr of most any configuration,
    my 60" would do such a puny expanse in under three hours but I would recommend you get a smaller deck
    in the 48" range because not only will you still git'r done in half an afternoon (4 hours max) but the smaller
    deck will turn out a much better looking lawn.

    You have to remember, the bigger the deck, the trickier the cut,
    mostly because it scalps easier.

    Meanwhile you might get away with less $$$ spent but insofar as recommendations,
    have you tried talking to your dealer?
  5. jiggz

    jiggz LawnSite Senior Member
    from jerz
    Posts: 646

    Bobcat..hands down best ztr for the money.. you can get a leftover Fastcat for well under 5 gs.. Id stay closer to a 52" mabye een a 48.. 60 is huge.. and if you pick up more lawns you might not be able to use something that big.. remeber you can always spend an extra 5 minutes cutting but you cant make the deck smaller
  6. pugs

    pugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,022

    Honestly for 2.5 acres get a nice Gear drive walkbehind for around 3000 and add a grass gobbler or what not for when you want to pickup stuff.

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